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Aerial view of The Sierras, a colorful converted motel now serving as transitional housing in Lancaster, California.

Two California Motels Transformed into Transitional Housing

Unlike most transitional housing, which is aimed at individuals, a project in the Southern California desert caters to families.

April 30 - Fast Company

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San Francisco Right to Counsel Program Prevents Hundreds of Evictions

A city program that gives at-risk tenants the right to a lawyer helped over 90 percent of participants avoid eviction.

April 30 - 48 hills

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State Lawmakers Join Fight Against Wall Street Landlords

Pushback against hedge funds buying and renting out single-family houses grows as elected officials in a handful of state legislatures seek to curb the trend amid the housing affordability crisis.

April 30 - The Wall Street Journal

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Lead Pipes Make Up Nearly One Tenth of US Water Service Lines

A decade after the Flint crisis captured national attention, tens of thousands of US water transmission lines can still leach dangerous chemicals.

April 30 - NPR

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Solar Production Threatens Fertile Farmlands

Solar installations are causing soil erosion and raising concerns among farmers in some of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions.

April 30 - Reuters

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Top 10 Public Transit Cities in the US

From New York to Providence, these are the best places to get around without a car.

April 30 - Good Good Good

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Revitalizing Connecticut’s Downtowns

An injection of federal funding is helping restore buildings and infrastructure to bring residents and businesses back to central districts.

April 30 - The CT Mirror

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Opinion: Why Environmentalists Should Support NYC ‘City of Yes’ Zoning Reform

The housing-oriented component of Mayor Eric Adams’ City of Yes proposal could serve the double purpose of making housing more affordable and reducing GHG emissions and car dependency.

April 30 - New York League of Conservation Voters

White Waymo self-driving taxi on street in San Francisco, California with brick buildings in background.

California Bills Take Aim at Robotaxi Regulation

Local officials want more control over how and where autonomous cars are deployed.

April 29 - Tech Crunch

A Black couple holding contracts sits across the desk from a white mortgage lender.

Tenants and Home Buyers: Do You Know Your Fair Housing Rights?

Inconsistent application of fair housing laws across the country means tenants and home buyers of color and from other protected classes must educate themselves and be their own advocates.

April 29 - Defender

Aerial view of housing and freeway in Cupertino, California.

A Win for Single-Family Zoning in California

Five Southern California charter cities need not worry about lot splitting in their single-family zoned neighborhoods thanks to a Los Angeles County superior court ruling on April 22. Depending on a forthcoming ruling, 120 cities may join them.

April 29 - The Mercury News

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Brightline Founder Predicts a Passenger Rail Resurgence

The HSR operator wants to expand to more US regions.

April 29 - Bloomberg CityLab

Silver Houston Metro bus on dedicated lane.

Houston Metro to Reduce BRT Service

The city’s Silver Line rapid transit has not been attracting as many riders as originally projected.

April 29 - Houston Chronicle

Aerial view of Annapolis, Maryland with state capitol dome in foreground.

Maryland Housing Laws Address Housing Shortage, Establish Renter Protections

An ambitious housing package establishes a Renters Bill of Rights and removes barriers to increased housing production.

April 29 - Office of Governor Wes Moore

Houses on green hillside in Marin County, California

Judge's Ruling Deals Blow to California's Zoning Reform Law

Five California cities have won a lawsuit against the state over SB 9, a law passed in 2021 that effectively abolished single family zoning statewide.

April 29 - Marin Independent Journal

Intersection on Manhattan street with yellow cabs and black cars waiting for stoplight.

NYC Congestion Pricing to Start June 30, MTA Announces

Starting this summer, drivers will have to pay a toll to drive through the newly designated Congestion Relief Zone in New York City’s Central Business District.

April 29 - ABC7 Eyewitness News

One-story bungalow court complex in Pasadena, California with leafy green palm trees.

LA Parking Reform is Bearing Fruit

Changes to minimum parking requirements near transit lines are spurring more residential development with little or no on-site parking.

April 28 - LAist

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Feds Issue New Energy Efficiency Standards for Affordable Housing

The new standards are expected to lower energy costs for low-income households.

April 28 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Philly Free Transit Pilot Clocks 1.8 Million Rides

A two-year pilot program from SEPTA offers free fares to 25,000 low-income riders.

April 28 - Next City

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Second Massachusetts Town Spurns State TOD Zoning Mandate

Marshfield residents voted down a rezoning plan that would have met state requirements for the town to allow development of multifamily housing near MBTA stations.

April 28 - The Patriot Ledger

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