Housing

July 20, 2016, 2pm PDT
Tesla's 7kWh lithium-ion Powerwall batteries come standard in every house in the planned community of YarraBend. The community is billed as the "suburb of the future."
RenewEconomy
Blog post
July 20, 2016, 7am PDT
The most dense neighborhood in Manhattan is surprisingly low-key.
Michael Lewyn
July 20, 2016, 5am PDT
It's been 20 years since the city of Atlanta hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics. The city's National Public Radio station is exploring the legacy of the games.
WABE
Blog post
July 19, 2016, 8am PDT
Dave Biggs interviews author James Hoggan about his new book, "I'm Right and You're An Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up."
Dave Biggs
July 19, 2016, 6am PDT
An annual report analyzing the "State of the City" speeches of 100 mayors finds remarkable consistency in messaging.
Next City
July 18, 2016, 8am PDT
Portland's City Council has sided with housing advocates against neighborhood groups who wanted new developments to include parking spaces.
Willamette Week
July 15, 2016, 2pm PDT
The Pennsylvania Governors Office announced that eight developers were awarded a total $9.3M in tax credits from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to build 495 affordable housing units in the city of Philadelphia.
Curbed Philadelphia
July 15, 2016, 11am PDT
Zoning for new housing supply isn't the answer to Vancouver's housing affordability crisis, according to an editorial in the Vancouver Sun. In fact, it might only be making the problem worse.
Vancouver Sun
July 14, 2016, 8am PDT
Clocking in at less than 500 square feet, tiny houses are in greater and greater demand. They've been touted as a means to address affordability, inequality, homelessness, and environmental concerns. But regulatory issues are holding them back.
Pew Charitable Trusts
July 13, 2016, 2pm PDT
The "housing first" approach to homelessness is building a track record of success in Milwaukee.
Urban Milwaukee
July 12, 2016, 10am PDT
Reports about the decision by the Anaheim City Council to ban all short-term rentals, through companies like Airbnb or VRBO, described it as a victory for homeowners.
CBS Los Angeles
July 11, 2016, 10am PDT
Around two-thirds of Baby Boomers in metropolitan areas live in the suburbs. But as they age, suburbia seems less and less hospitable.
RenewATL
July 11, 2016, 9am PDT
Is Airbnb a prime target for regulation, or is it just another way to expand the marketplace for bedrooms? Dan Bertolet urges caution. After all, couldn't less Airbnb just mean more hotels?
Sightline Institute
July 11, 2016, 8am PDT
Americans have shown a clear preference for larger homes—even at the expense of the coveted backyard.
The Boston Globe
July 10, 2016, 5am PDT
With less than 60,000 residents, Hamburg, New York might fly under the housing policy radar, but the small town is the first in Western New York to approve inclusionary zoning. Buffalo could be next.
The Buffalo News
July 9, 2016, 1pm PDT
Vox publishes an article debunking tiny houses as the housing silver bullet some hope they will become.
Vox
July 7, 2016, 7am PDT
The policy tools used to address our nation's housing shortfall often seem to worsen the problem. But this is because they ignore the underlying infrastructure and financing to support growth.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
July 6, 2016, 10am PDT
A mixed-use development proposal in South L.A. highlights a blind spot of progressive urbanism—the gap between what checks all the boxes and what low-income communities really need.
LA Streetsblog
July 6, 2016, 9am PDT
It's no secret that urban centers are doing better today than they were 30 years ago. New FHFA data on housing prices confirms the trend and suggests that a changing environment (as opposed to changing preferences) account for it.
The Washington Post
July 6, 2016, 8am PDT
California Governor Brown's proposal to streamline affordable housing may cause more problems than it solves, both for affordable housing and community planning, argues Murtaza Baxamusa who teaches planning at USC and develops affordable housing.
UrbDeZine