Housing

August 11, 2016, 8am PDT
Vancouver has a new chief planner, and a former chief planner already has a to-do list for the new guy.
Daily Hive
August 11, 2016, 7am PDT
Responding to criticism from neighborhoods faced with new small lot developments, the city of Los Angeles in considering changes to its Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance.
The Eastsider LA
August 10, 2016, 2pm PDT
The New Orleans City Council must still approve regulations for short-term rentals, but the Planning Commission has spoken.
The Times-Picayune
August 10, 2016, 8am PDT
The question of whether New York City's new mandatory inclusionary housing policy should apply to a 17-story project in Manhattan could have wide-ranging implications.
The New York Times
August 9, 2016, 1pm PDT
The ghosts of the Mission Moratorium have returned to San Francisco, after a local supervisor has called for a halt to three projects while the city crafts legislation to regulate development in the neighborhood.
Mission Local
August 9, 2016, 10am PDT
The area could lose up to 500 units of affordable housing every year for the next 30 years if the city doesn't extend existing protections.
Regional Plan Association
Feature
August 8, 2016, 8am PDT
An op-ed by Daniel Freedman explains how a legal spat over an 850-square-foot "granny flat" affected hundreds of units around Los Angeles. The city's attempt to rectify the problems with its second unit ordinance has encountered more resistance.
Daniel Freedman
August 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
A key component of the city of Seattle's Housing Affordability and and Livability Agenda moved forward earlier this week.
KUOW
August 6, 2016, 11am PDT
A Los Angeles affordable-housing developer says the industry needs to focus more on keeping existing housing affordable.
The Planning Report
August 4, 2016, 12pm PDT
The decision by the Baltimore County Council allows landlords to continue using "source of income" as criteria for prospective tenants. Such practices are often used to bar residents relying on housing vouchers.
The Baltimore Sun
August 4, 2016, 9am PDT
On August 2nd, a new 15 percent tax on real estate deals with foreign buyers went into effect. The goal was to cool the hyperactive housing market, but the implementation has caught many by surprise.
CBC News
August 3, 2016, 11am PDT
It might be possible for San Francisco residents to feel like the challenges of homelessness, gentrification, and a tech boom, all colliding at once, are unique to their city. Other cities—Denver for example—are facing the same challenges.
San Francisco Chronicle
August 1, 2016, 5am PDT
Political junkies, map nerds, and transit fans all got plenty of big news to digest during the last week of July 2016.
Planetizen
July 29, 2016, 2pm PDT
A confluence of economic and demographic factors means fewer Americans own homes than at any time since 1965.
Bloomberg
July 29, 2016, 10am PDT
A New York City micro-unit developer had hoped to sell 550 micro-condos to millennials and empty nesters. The project is being redesigned to reduce the number of micro-condos and add a hotel.
Houston Business Journal
July 29, 2016, 6am PDT
London's central core never experienced the deterioration many American downtowns lived through, but the inner city/suburb dynamic was still at play. Now poverty is moving outward.
The Telegraph
July 28, 2016, 1pm PDT
While Democrats consider the future of the country, the host city of the DNC offers a great urban lesson from the past: the elegant efficiency of rowhouses.
California Planning & Development Report
July 28, 2016, 12pm PDT
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved legislation that will allow the construction of accessory dwelling units, potentially adding thousands of units to the city's housing supply.
San Francisco Examiner
July 28, 2016, 10am PDT
Connecting affordable housing and healthcare programs can improve both—especially for seniors and disabled people.
CityLab
Feature
July 27, 2016, 2pm PDT
A new statistical analysis of Airbnb listings shows the short-term-rental service is growing worldwide, but suggests that many hosts don't stick with it. Intermittent commercial uses of residences could be seen in the planning context of "mixed use."
Martin John Brown