Affordable Housing

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
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, 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 13, 2015, 9am PST
Urban planners should take a leadership role in placing social equity at the top of planning goals, argues planner, teacher, and affordable housing developer Murtaza Baxamusa. He looks at five socio-economic problems planners should strive to solve.
UrbDeZine
December 10, 2015, 7am PST
A new report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies adds to what seems, at this point, like a tsunami of bad news for rental housing affordability.
The Washington Post
December 8, 2015, 11am PST
Planning wonks might have felt all warm inside when they noticed zoning topics wedging their way into broader conversations about community affordability and equity. Bring it on. Finally.
PlaceShakers
December 8, 2015, 8am PST
In older, denser communities like Hoboken, NJ, where almost everything is walkable and land value is sky high, why are city officials still requiring parking minimums?
Strong Towns
December 5, 2015, 5am PST
One of the nation's most ambitious efforts to upzone neighborhoods in the hope of spurring more market rate and affordable housing supply is up for debate in New York City. A lot of people don't like the plan.
Politico New York
December 2, 2015, 2pm PST
There are 200 community land trusts in the country, so the idea clearly has traction. With three organizations pursuing new community land trusts, the model might soon have a new test bed in Baltimore as well.
The Baltimore Sun
November 28, 2015, 11am PST
Baltimore's housing stock is relatively accessible compared to many other cities on the East Coast, yet deeply ingrained issues of inequality still plague the potential for homeownership to assist in the city's recovery.
The Atlantic
November 19, 2015, 1pm PST
The market for luxury apartment rentals is booming; the market for affordable rentals is not.
The Atlantic
November 19, 2015, 7am PST
The San Francisco Planning Department is proposing a trade-off to neighborhoods to comply with a state density bonus law: Modestly increase height and density limits in exchange for more affordable housing.
Hoodline
November 17, 2015, 1pm PST
A mega-project in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood is exciting for its size an prize tag—and remarkable for the income levels that define "affordable" in San Francisco these days.
San Francisco Business Times
November 16, 2015, 7am PST
Berlin's Senate has approved a sweeping reform of the city's housing policy, limiting rents on close to 400,000 public housing units to no more than 30 percent of a household income.
CityLab
November 12, 2015, 9am PST
A 12-story residential tower proposed for a Vancouver neighborhood is receiving pushback from housing advocates and the local Chinese community.
The Province
November 12, 2015, 7am PST
In a new paper, researchers find that land use regulations in cities have effectively created a "zoning tax," which primarily impacts the poor and renting class.
Market Urbanism
November 11, 2015, 11am PST
The Seattle City Council recently took the first legislative step in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) process.
The Urbanist
November 11, 2015, 7am PST
More evidence of the inability of the Illinois Housing Planning and Appeal Act to achieve its stated goals.
WBEZ
November 9, 2015, 7am PST
A researcher at Rice University finds that proclamations of Houston’s affordability, gentrification, and growth are just myths.
The Urban Edge