Housing

In the new normal, an affordable lifestyle is suddenly of interest to a larger circle of us. Here's what some interesting innovators are doing about it, between now and when our politics and legal structure fully align with our needs.
17 hours ago   PlaceShakers
<p>The Baltimore City Council is set to vote on an inclusionary housing mandate designed to produce economically diverse neighborhoods and stave off gentrification.</p>
Dec 4, 2006   The Baltimore Sun
<p>The Swedish furniture retailer is expanding its market to include ready-made and modestly-sized homes. Already selling well in Scandinavia, the homes are part of a new plan to address Britain's affordable housing shortage.</p>
Dec 2, 2006   The Guardian Unlimited
<p>A program that allows police officers and teachers to buy foreclosed homes in designated neighborhoods at half of their appraised value has been extended to include firefighters and emergency medical technicians.</p>
Dec 2, 2006   The Chicago Tribune
<p>Condensed from a 40-page report, economic commentator Gary Shilling highlights the precarious state of America's housing market and overall economy.</p>
Nov 30, 2006   FXStreet.com
<p>Even with variety of housing options for seniors, the state still has a long waiting list for units affordable to low-income people.</p>
Nov 29, 2006   The New York Times
<p>Households looking for alternatives to building a new home from scratch are discovering the possibilities and cost effectiveness of modular homes.</p>
Nov 27, 2006   The New York Times
<p>More and more families across the country are spending more on transportation than housing. Many says its worth the time and money to be able to own a home.</p>
Nov 26, 2006   The Birmingham News
<p>Suburban areas have long been characterized as being socially isolating -- keeping many residents indoors and insulated from socializing or even knowing their closest neighbors. But a new study argues that cities are actually more socially isolating.</p>
Nov 25, 2006   Canada.com
<p>The homeless population increases in Oahu, and the entire state of Hawaii struggles with a shortage of affordable housing. To deal with the problem, state officials have said that 30,000 housing units will be needed in the next two years.</p>
Nov 22, 2006   The Chicago Tribune
<p>As its population declines and homes are taking up more space, home designers in Japan are looking to the self-sufficient designs of space stations to guide the development of environmentally sustainable homes.</p>
Nov 21, 2006   BBC