Affordable Housing

July 16, 2015, 9am PDT
A bill to reduce parking minimums for residential or mixed-use developments that include affordable units passed a key Senate committee. AB 744 amends the state's density bonus law, itself controversial, that incentivizes building affordable housing.
Streetsblog California
Blog post
July 14, 2015, 12pm PDT
One common argument against allowing new housing in popular cities is that as long as rich foreigners use up the housing supply prices will never go down.
Michael Lewyn
July 11, 2015, 1pm PDT
Tiny Houses on trailers are available and buyers are ready to live small, but most zoning regulations don’t allow recreational vehicles as a permanent residence. Can zoning catch up to the tiny living trend?
The Charlotte Observer
July 11, 2015, 9am PDT
Fair housing has taken national stage in recent weeks—a Supreme Court ruling and a Department of Housing and Urban Development rule now define fair housing. The New Jersey Supreme Court has also had its say on the subject, and cities are catching up.
The Star-Ledger
July 9, 2015, 9am PDT
San Francisco loses eight affordable units for every ten it creates according to a new report by the San Francisco Planning Department.
San Francisco Business Times
July 6, 2015, 12pm PDT
San Francisco and the Bay Area, known for their exorbitant housing prices and not unrelated, strong NIMBY attitudes, could be softening their opposition toward increasing density in their neighborhoods.
San Jose Mercury News
July 6, 2015, 7am PDT
In the aftermath of Katrina, President Obama's Choice Neighborhoods initiative promised thousands of new affordable units. But so far the Housing Authority of New Orleans hasn't proved up to the task.
Next City
July 6, 2015, 6am PDT
On June 29, the California Strategic Growth Council awarded $121.9 million in Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds to help build 28 affordable housing developments on major transit lines. Funding originates from proceeds of the cap-and-trade market.
PR Newswire
July 4, 2015, 9am PDT
It makes economic sense: increase supply in desirable areas to match demand. These articles look at some of the factors complicating that story in on the west coast.
City Observatory City Commentary
June 28, 2015, 1pm PDT
Even though it's simplified, Inside the Rent provides a window into the logic of developers trying to get apartments built in New York City. The game's creators emphasize its educational value.
Curbed NY
June 24, 2015, 5am PDT
Blessed with an innate resilience, Philadelphia's brick rowhouses risk disrepair and redevelopment. Local nonprofits are looking for ways to keep this resource equitable.
Next City
June 23, 2015, 7am PDT
A zoning bill has stirred up the fear that dense development projects will transform Seattle into a "Soviet cityscape." Residents accuse developers of using loopholes to squeeze in pricey, out-of-character townhomes.
The Seattle Times
June 22, 2015, 9am PDT
More raw housing stock is only the first step. Without comprehensive transit, the value of density can't extend beyond the city center.
Grist
June 10, 2015, 2pm PDT
Exploring the persistence of racial segregation as a result of U.S. housing policies—policies intended to break patterns of segregation, not reproduce them.
The Atlantic
June 10, 2015, 1pm PDT
The city of Seattle has a stated goal of creating 30,000 new market rate housing units and 20,000 new or newly rent-restricted units in the city in the next 10 years. How to do so is the question currently before local officials.
The Seattle Times
Blog post
May 28, 2015, 8am PDT
The latest installment of Planetizen's "Ask the Ethicist" series features the advice of our resident expert: Carol D. Barrett, FAICP, author of "Everyday Ethics for Practicing Planners."
Carol Barrett
May 20, 2015, 9am PDT
Mayor Bill De Blasio released an aggressive and likely contentious plan to fund the New York Housing Authority, which is currently sitting on $16 billion in needed maintenance work.
The New York Times
May 16, 2015, 5am PDT
Aaron Wiener interviews Polly Donaldson—the recently hired head the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) in Washington, D.C.—about her strategies for improving housing in the Nation's Capital.
Washington City Paper
May 6, 2015, 1pm PDT
Has George Lucas discovered the ultimate anti-NIMBY weapon? Hint: It's not a lightsaber
Rooflines
Blog post
May 4, 2015, 8am PDT
Housing policy is not just about houses, it is also about people, and the determination of who may live in a community. We challenge communities to proclaim, “Yes in our backyard! We welcome new neighbors. We favor more diversity.”
Todd Litman