Housing

April 20, 2016, 2pm PDT
The development of Portland during the early decades of the 1900s reveals ideas for how to lessen the pressure on housing prices in the 2010s.
Bike Portland
April 20, 2016, 9am PDT
The New York Times provides an in-depth exploration of the politics and personalities behind the YIMBY organization known as the SF Bay Area Renters' Federation (BARF).
The New York Times
April 20, 2016, 6am PDT
Officials see chance to move residents out of flood zone, improving access to beach, and deliver affordable housing and infrastructure.
The Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2016, 9am PDT
Many Maine communities have amended their zoning ordinances to allow accessory dwelling units, recognizing the benefits of this housing option.
Maine Association of Planners Front Page
April 18, 2016, 7am PDT
Two proposed ordinances under consideration get to the heart of the matter in Denver by requiring that short-term rental services like Airbnb only operate in "primary residences."
The Denver Post
April 18, 2016, 5am PDT
Thanks to the elimination of minimum parking requirements downtown, a vacant one-story building "could be transformed into a 30-story tower with 135 luxury apartments, office space, a restaurant and a bar," reports the Austin-American Statesman.
Austin American-Statesman
April 16, 2016, 11am PDT
Los Angeles is moving toward creating a path to amnesty and affordability for habitable, but unpermitted residential units.
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2016, 2pm PDT
The American Institute of Architects recently announced the winners of the 2016 Housing Awards.
The Architect's Newspaper
Blog post
April 15, 2016, 6am PDT
Community resistance may explain why smaller apartment buildings are hard to build.
Michael Lewyn
Blog post
April 14, 2016, 5am PDT

As I do every year at the APA National Conference, I did my best to catch as many community engagement sessions as possible. Here are highlights, takeaways, and the common threads I noticed this year.

Dave Biggs
April 13, 2016, 11am PDT
Formerly vacant homes are now vacant lots in South Bend, Indiana. Returning the lots to productive uses presents a new kind of challenge for community groups and local officials.
WSBT
April 13, 2016, 7am PDT
As prices rise, especially in desirable urban markets, what used to be called "starter homes" rarely come up for sale. And when they do, they go for more than first time home-buyers can afford.
The Washington Post
April 12, 2016, 7am PDT
There's a new volley in the long-running battle between cities and suburbs. In his new book "The Human City," urban scholar Joel Kotkin contends that cities and their planners have lost sight of the residents who matter most: families.
California Planning & Development Report
April 11, 2016, 1pm PDT
Despite Airbnb's promises to better regulate the hosts that use their site, and despite legislation approved a little over a year ago by the city, abuse of short-term rentals is rampant in San Francisco.
Curbed SF
April 10, 2016, 7am PDT
Granny flats, also known as mother-in-law units or accessory dwelling units, are a hot button item in most cities. A county court recently took the city of Los Angeles' finger off the button, so to speak.
KPCC
April 8, 2016, 9am PDT
We've seen builders responding to high demand for residential housing Manhattan and Seattle, but could it be happening in San Francisco? Sort of, according to San Francisco Chronicle business columnist, Kathleen Pender.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 8, 2016, 8am PDT
In a substantial part of the city, parking requirements will be eliminated for subsidized and senior housing.
StreetsBlog NYC
April 7, 2016, 7am PDT
A new federal housing program is unique in its approach but all too common in its scope.
CityLab
April 7, 2016, 5am PDT
An ambitious proposal to build seven new homeless shelters around the District of Columbia, with a price tag of $660 million, has been attacked on several fronts.
The Washington Post
April 6, 2016, 2pm PDT
An article in Quartz laments the underwhelming results of a generation of gadgets intended to make houses technologically enabled.
Quartz