Urban Infill Housing: Myth & Fact

This is the third in a series ofpublications by the Urban Land Institute designed to address myths regarding growth and land development.

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July 8, 2001, 7:00 AM PDT

By Chris Steins @urbaninsight


Thefirst myth and fact publication addressed transportation issues; the secondpublication addressed myths surrounding smart growth. This publication isunderwritten by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aspart of a larger partnership designed to encourage the development of housingin our cities. ULI and HUD have worked with cities around the country to identifykey challenges associated with the development of urban infill housing as wellas strategies and recommendations to overcome those challenges.Over the past several years, cities have worked hard to reestablish themselvesas places where people want to live, work, and play. Increased investment and afocus on urban revitalization are paying off as interest in downtown living rises.Developers, including many who historically have developed in the suburbs, haveresponded by rehabilitating or converting older buildings, constructing newmixed-use projects, and developing new infill projects in existing neighborhoods.However, infill development presents a unique set of challenges and involvesissues that vary according to the circumstances of the individual project.

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