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Tag Archives: Housing

April 30, 2013
Ways to Improve Tax Subsidy for Home Ownership
Metro Trends Blog

Last week, at the request of the House Ways and Means Committee, I testified on how Congress could reform the mortgage interest deduction, a popular tax expenditure with a big sticker price.

April 29, 2013
HUD Downsizes Multi-Family Housing Programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Wednesday that it will be restructuring its Multifamily Housing Programs and the Office of Field Policy and Management to meet the realities of dwindling funding.

April 28, 2013
April 25, 2013
April 24, 2013
Does Knoxville Gentrification Deserve Support?
Knoxville Metro Pulse

Gentrification. In the past month, I’ve seen the concept defended on a local Internet forum, heard it derided in front-porch gabfests, and seen it awkwardly danced around in community meetings.

HUD Restructure Will Close 16 Local Offices
Orlando Sentinel

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday it will close its Orlando and Tampa field offices as part of a restructuring that will eliminate 16 of its 80 local offices nationwide.

April 22, 2013
Wall Street Betting Billions on Homes in Distressed Markets
Washington Post

Big investors are pouring unprecedented amounts of money into real estate hard hit by the housing crash, bringing those moribund markets back to life but raising the prospect of another Wall Street-fueled bubble that won’t be sustainable.

April 21, 2013
Santa Rosa Councilwoman Reconsiders TOD Vote
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

A decision last week by the Santa Rosa City Council to pull the plug on a senior housing project in Railroad Square isn’t necessarily the end of the line for the 93-unit complex.

Before Housing Bubble, There Was Land Fever
New York Times, Larry Shiller

SINCE 1997, we have lived through the biggest real estate bubble in United States history – followed by the most calamitous decline in housing prices that the country has ever seen.

America Ignoring Homeless Families
Bill Moyers . com

More than one-third of Americans who use shelters annually are parents and their children. In 2011, that added up to more than 500,000 people.

How President’s Budget Affects HUD
National Housing Institute's Rooflines

For low-income families that need affordable rental housing, the news from Washington in recent years has been bleak.

April 18, 2013
Development Rules Target Housing for Houston
Houston Chronicle

In seeking the first fundamental changes to Houston’s development rules in 14 years, city officials stress that the revisions will produce more workforce housing, giving middle-class families an affordable alternative to the suburbs.

April 16, 2013
What Are the Hot Housing Trends These Days?
NPR Marketplace

Housing starts in March rose to the highest level in five years. If developers keep building at that rate, there’d be one million new houses by the end of the year.

April 15, 2013
Childless Households Have Become the Norm
Housing Perspectives

In 1960 almost half of all households were families with children under 18. Since then, the number has fallen to under 30 percent (Figure 1).

DC Parking Lot Designed to Change into Housing Later
Washington City Paper

To the extent that Paul Millstein and cars have been mentioned in the same sentence by members of the public in recent months, it’s usually something along the lines of “Paul Millstein wants to take away my car”

April 14, 2013
Suburbs Approaching a Better Jobs-Housing Balance
New Geography, Wendell Cox

Suburban areas in the US metropolitan areas with more than 1 million total regional population, once largely seen as bedroom communities, are nearing parity between jobs and resident employees.

April 9, 2013
April 8, 2013
Townhouses in the Shadow of 30 Rock
Scouting NY

Last week, I was scouting office space in midtown, and I stopped by one of my favorite buildings on Sixth Avenue. At 850 feet tall, 30 Rockefeller Plaza is the 10th tallest building in New York

Big Project Battles Highlight San Francisco Development
San Francisco Examiner, via: George Calys

In the Bay Area, as in most of the country, design and construction proceeded incrementally (if at all) over the last four years. But the pace here in San Francisco has picked up and, as is our wont, there lurk some battles ahead.

April 7, 2013


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