Housing

January 3, 2016, 7am PST
The Wyvernwood Garden Apartments, a large-scale low-rise development opened in 1939, are at the center of a preservation debate. Lauren Walser gives us the case for keeping them.
National Trust For Historic Preservation
December 31, 2015, 10am PST
Few housing markets serve as a better case study about the politics and effects of housing supply than Seattle. A local writer takes a deeper look at the city's total development over the past year and comes to some surprising conclusions.
Crosscut
December 28, 2015, 5am PST
An important source of housing affordable to wide ranges of incomes has a new, well-funded ally in Philadelphia—the Healthy Rowhouse Project is hoping to make a big impact in 2016.
PlanPhilly
December 27, 2015, 7am PST
Rents continue to rise in Portland, and new rules have precipitated even more raised rents for populations that can least afford the new costs.
The Oregonian
December 26, 2015, 11am PST
The issue of zoning might be a place for wonks of both the conservatives and the liberal variety to find middle ground, but zoning in the real world is more contentious than consensus.
City Observatory
December 23, 2015, 10am PST
Permits to rehab existing multi-family buildings have skyrocketed in St. Louis.
nextSTL
December 23, 2015, 9am PST
In a city of sprawling surface parking, increased density may help close a serious affordable housing gap as Anchorage, Alaska, seeks ways to make development more affordable.
Next City
December 23, 2015, 6am PST
Here's one way to improve jobs-housing balance: employers can incentivize short commutes by helping to pay for the cost of housing.
Bloomberg Business
December 22, 2015, 12pm PST
A new report from the Urban Land Institute responds to what it argues is a housing crisis among lower- and middle-income workers.
Urban Land
December 21, 2015, 8am PST
A housing market analyst finds that traditional models do a poor job of measuring supply and demand, which makes it very difficult to know how much supply is needed to meet demand.
Pieria
December 20, 2015, 1pm PST
Washington, D.C. provides a model for trends found in other cities: people living near transit are trending younger, whiter, and more educated.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
December 19, 2015, 5am PST
As Mayor de Blasio pulls out all the stops to make the case for zoning proposals critical to his affordable housing plans, the Citizens Budget Commission assessed the economics of housing construction in the city.
New York Citizens Budget Commission
Feature
December 18, 2015, 5am PST
The results of a year's worth of writing, reading, sharing, and commenting are in. These are the most popular Planetizen posts from the year 2015.
James Brasuell
December 17, 2015, 1pm PST
Congress is on pace to wrap up a major piece of federal legislation before leaving for recess.
APA Policy News
December 16, 2015, 8am PST
Planners and community development housing activists and professionals need to start thinking about housing policy as "both...and." It is not reasonable to couch housing policy as either unfettered building or only rent.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
December 15, 2015, 2pm PST
For all the intention New York gets for foreign investors buying up rarefied air, Los Angeles has allowed shell companies to completely control the luxury real estate market—and the neighborhoods where it locates.
New York Times
December 15, 2015, 12pm PST
It might seem like 10, or even 30, years is a long time to require affordability—until it's over and your public investment is lost.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
December 14, 2015, 1pm PST
Leading other expensive cities in North America, Vancouver, British Columbia is quickly adding accessory dwelling units as a result of permissive regulations approved in 2009.
Citiscope
December 14, 2015, 7am PST
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin is following a growing trend in cities across the country of working to end chronic homelessness by providing permanent housing to the homeless.
Fusion
December 12, 2015, 11am PST
Planners convene to discuss a model plan for the smart growth of an aging population.
Urban Institute