Housing

Planners get involved with foreclosure by assisting residents threatened with foreclosure or addressing community impacts such as blight, vacancy, and property disinvestment. A look at vacant property fees as a tool for dealing with foreclosure.
Yesterday   Maine Association of Planners
<p>Already lagging behind Mississippi, Louisiana has finally approved the construction of 75 "Louisiana Cottages" (AKA Katrina Cottages) as an alternative to FEMA's temporary trailers, long thought to be a sub-standard and undignified form of housing.</p>
Oct 31, 2007   New Orleans Times-Picayune
<p>While catastrophic, the California fires will not have nearly the destructive impact as the other firestorm still in progress: the subprime meltdown.</p>
Oct 30, 2007   The Huffington Post
<p>Housing activists are pushing city officials to adopt a type of eminent domain to take over neglected buildings and turn them into affordable housing. That idea is easier said than afforded by city coffers.</p>
Oct 30, 2007   The Toronto Star
<p>The border towns of El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico, are increasingly becoming more and more alike -- from demographics, to land development types, to housing prices.</p>
Oct 30, 2007   The New York Times
You drank the Kool-Aid; you know that if you link transit and land use to create transit-oriented development (TOD) the result is fewer car trips and a host of benefits. From Portland to Miami, Boston to Los Angeles, a record number of TODs are being built in the US. Blog Post
Oct 29, 2007   By G.B. Arrington
<p>Government programs that subsidize energy-efficiency improvements in houses are being reconsidered as some claim the effort isn't worth the benefit.</p>
Oct 27, 2007   The Globe and Mail
<p>Now Canada'a most expensive housing market, downtown Vancouver is attracting more and more big-spending buyers and watching its property values skyrocket.</p>
Oct 26, 2007   The New York Times
<p>Increased development in wooded and fire-prone areas is one of the major causes of California's recent "megafires".</p>
Oct 25, 2007   The Christian Science Monitor
<p>Low vacancy rates are threatening to push younger populations out of Vancouver.</p>
Oct 24, 2007   The Globe and Mail
<p>This slideshow from <em>Wired</em> shows some examples of temporary, quick-build housing that can be used in post-disaster situations.</p>
Oct 23, 2007   Wired