NY Mayor Bill de Blasio released a 10-year plan to create or preserve 200,000 affordable housing units in the city. Housing activists cheer at its embrace of mandatory inclusionary zoning, but the NY Time's coverage reveals an ignorant counter view.
May 22, 2014 Rooflines
New residential construction data released by the U.S. Census reveals that the construction of traditional, single-family detached housing will retain its diminished role in the American economy for the time being.
May 20, 2014 New York Times - The Upshot
Emily Badger examines the role of housing segregation in obstructing the promise of Brown v. Board of Education.
May 19, 2014 The Washington Post - Wonkblog
Re-examining recent thinking on student debt as major contributor to the lousy housing market.
May 16, 2014 CityLab
Jed Kolko presents the findings of a study that examines the available stock of housing available to those earning the median income around the country in different cities around the country.
May 15, 2014 Trulia Trends Blog
Cheap construction materials, crowdfunding, and volunteer construction crews have produced villages of tiny homes as a place for the homeless to find shelter in every corner of the United States. What does it take for such homes to work?
May 13, 2014 Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Although Mayor Bill de Blasio's recent announcements provided some important details about his administration's affordable housing agenda, there are a few questions still left to be answered that will determine the success of the plan.
May 12, 2014 Crain's Business New York
A California state law that allowed temporary property tax reductions to homeowners during the housing crash is now swinging back the other way. Some homeowners have seen 20 percent increases in property tax bills.
May 10, 2014 Capitol Alert (Sacramento Bee blog)
A writer points to surprising statistics about Brooklyn—mainly that much of the borough is growing poorer as real estate prices fall—to make a point about how the common gentrification narrative fails cities.
May 9, 2014 City Notes
An uptick in the Los Angeles housing and lending markets has precipitated the return of mansionization. A 2008 citywide ordinance adopted to prevent outsized homes on small residential lots is proving inadequate to the task.
May 9, 2014 Los Angeles Times