The Washington-based institute has established a new research center to focus on the problem of affordable housing in an effort to prevent further urban sprawl.
"The Urban Land Institute announced the birth of its Center for Workplace Housing, which will initially focus on three markets -- Florida from Palm Beach County to Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. -- in an effort that the nonprofit group hopes will produce 3,500 new units of affordable housing within five years.
The Center will find ways to help create housing for working families who are being pushed farther and farther away from employment centers, said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chief executive of Atlanta-based Trammel Crow Residential, which donated $5 million to the center, which will bear his name."
"Terwilliger said the center will employ experts to try to eliminate obstacles that are preventing affordable housing from being built in Atlanta and other communities...'One major obstacle is local zoning that effectively segregates residents by income,' he said. He said the new center 'must advocate for inclusionary zoning as a way to achieve more mixed-income development.' "