Housing Policy

July 23, 2016, 7am PDT
Like many cities around the country, Portland, Maine is faced with rising costs for housing as demand outpaces supply.
Island Institute
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
June 8, 2016, 10am PDT
It’s time to rewrite California’s building and planning codes for the 21st century, says architect Mark Hogan.
BOOM: A Journal of California
June 3, 2016, 9am PDT
A new set of tools from the U.C. Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation offers insight into how projects fit into the policy landscape, as well as how changes to the policy landscape could impact development.
Terner Center for Housing Innovation
May 24, 2016, 11am PDT
The New Orleans Housing Authority has approved reforms to policies on public housing for ex-convicts in an attempt to stem homelessness among the newly released and to foster better reintegration.
The Nation
Blog post
May 10, 2016, 1pm PDT
Smart Growth can provide many direct benefits to residents, businesses and local governments. Our challenge is to better answer the question that many stakeholders ask, "What’s in it for me?"
Todd Litman
March 15, 2016, 11am PDT
St. Louis Public Radio details the work of a local researcher who says the segregation of today's St. Louis is the result of deliberate, decades-long federal housing policy.
St. Louis Public Radio
January 5, 2016, 8am PST
Developers and policy makers alike are looking for more certainty when it comes to affordable housing in the city of Dallas.
The Dallas Morning News
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
October 28, 2015, 6am PDT
A proposed extension of a 2013 law allowing commercial conversion to residential uses is threatening to "accelerate the hollowing out" of London.
The Guardian
October 18, 2015, 7am PDT
Current housing policies at the local and national level have tried to make housing more affordable while at the same time increasing the value of homes, recognizing them as a personal investment.
City Observatory City Commentary
October 1, 2015, 5am PDT
David Simon believes the events depicted in his new HBO mini-series were the result of a history of systematic hyper-segregation in America. HUD Secretary Castro agrees.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
March 25, 2015, 5am PDT
Crain's New York Business examines recent statements by New York Planning Commission Chair Carl Weisbrod about the need for federal support if New York is to hit its affordable housing targets.
Crain's New York Business
February 10, 2015, 9am PST
Over a quarter of families in Salt Lake City pay half their income on rent, and between 2000 and 2011, median home values increased by 47 percent.
Next City
February 14, 2014, 5am PST
A recent study called “America’s Rental Housing: Evolving Markets and Needs” by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard smashes myths about the rental market—of particular importance given the recent rise in rents around the country.
Sustainable Cities Collective
January 14, 2014, 10am PST
The leader of the Liberal Democrats, half of the UK's coalition government, accuses the Conservatives of withholding a report that identifies sites for two new towns in 'safe' Conservative regions.
BBC News
September 18, 2013, 8am PDT
By the end of 2013, the British real estate website Rightmove expects house prices to have risen six percent as Chancellor George Osbourne defends a government scheme many blame for fueling the rise.
The Guardian
November 8, 2011, 6am PST
Illegal apartments present a quandary for the city of New York: they increase the danger of fire, but also provide needed shelter that couldn't be found elsewhere. Some experts think a path to legalization could work.
City Limits
Blog post
March 10, 2009, 12pm PDT

Is a $50,000 annual income wealth or poverty in North America? By historical or international standards such an income should be considered wealthy and luxurious, but most people I know consider it poverty because of the high cost of living.

Todd Litman
February 15, 2009, 1pm PST
David Axelrod, senior White House aide to President Obama, announced this morning that the President is about to present a new plan for to halt foreclosures and stop falling real estate prices.
The Wall St. Journal