Long the bane of developers and individual homebuilders alike, the Atlanta Bureau of Buildings now averages 40 to 80 days to provide building permits. Meanwhile, in suburban Gwinnett and Cobb Counties, the turnaround time is under one hour.
May 5, 2006 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Despite a Senate report that recommended FEMA be dismantled and replaced, the troubled agency is still "holding the purse strings" on recovery in New Orleans, and tens of thousands of residents may be cut off from rental assistance monies next month.
May 5, 2006 Tom Paine
To fund a week-long charrette with over 40 architects, planners, and engineers, New Urbanism founder Andres Duany chipped in $150,000 of his own money. As a result, one neighborhood is much further along in the planning process than its counterparts.
May 3, 2006 The Wall Street Journal
Weakened rent stabilization laws help landlords evict market-rate tenants. In Manhattan, more than 7,000 apartments are slated for conversion.
May 3, 2006 The New York Times
How one non-profit design competition led to the creation of temporary housing for the homeless using a simple formula: asking future residents what they wanted.
May 2, 2006 The New York Times
The average home price has nearly tripled in the past five years, leaving little room for low-income workers serving the wealthy.
Apr 30, 2006 Orlando Sentinel via Chicago Tribune
Bryan Finoki tackles the spatial and socio-economic problems of shantytowns, focusing on recent tragedies in the Philippines. (Includes photos.)
Apr 28, 2006 Inhabitat
Housing prices have begun to fall as condo supply continues to grow in Miami.
Apr 27, 2006 The Miami Herald
Live-work space succeeds in an Easthampton (Western Massachusetts) mill, with plans for a high-tech gay and lesbian retirement community in a second mill nearby.
Apr 27, 2006 The New York Times
An increase in supply and decrease in demand has slowed sales in one of America's most expensive single-family housing markets.
Apr 26, 2006 The Boston Globe