Green Buildings

Green Building Improvements Have a Friend in PACE

An under-reported loan model called Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, financed $660 million of sustainable building improvements from 2016 through 2018.

September 1, 2019 - The New York Times

Housing Construction

Affordable Housing Finance: Show Me the Money

Ben Brown continues his weekly blog series in lead-up to the day-long exploration at CNU Savannah, "Affordability: The Intersection of Everything."

May 3, 2018 - PlaceShakers

Lacking a Budget—Illinois to Borrow $480 Million for Road and Transit Projects

Citing the critical economic need for road construction and transit improvements, Gov. Bruce Rauner will conduct a general obligation bond sale later this month.

January 6, 2016 - Chicago Tribune

State of the Union Roundup: On Rent and Infrastructure

In describing the state of the union, President Barack Obama addressed a issues of professional and personal concern to Planetizen readers.

January 21, 2015 - Medium

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North Carolina Planners: Where to Build Light Rail (and Should it Be Built)?

This week residents in the North Carolina Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) will provide input on key segments of a future regional light rail system. The project has been analyzed for 15 years, yet the question of whether to build it remains.

November 22, 2014 - The Durham News

The Federal Housing Administration's Ongoing, Systematic Obstruction of Density

Scott Beyer writes that despite changes to policies allowing insured mortgages by the Federal Housing Administration's (FHA), the federal government continues to obstruct density by limiting support for condo owners.

October 30, 2014 - Governing

Beyond Zoning: Obstacles to Walkable Neighborhood Development

If the market demand is there, why isn't more mixed-use housing getting built? Follow the money.

June 27, 2013 - Tim Halbur

Federal Rule Change Could Spur More Mixed-Use Development

A change made last month in the regulations concerning which buildings the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) judges to be eligible for financing could enable the construction of more mixed-use walkable developments, reports Angie Schmitt.

October 18, 2012 - Streetsblog D.C.

Could Good Design Have Prevented the Housing Crisis?

Architect Jeanne Gang and scholar Greg Lindsay have penned an opinion piece in which they investigate the ways in which designers and planners can fix the housing crisis by responding to economic, demographic, and cultural changes.

February 12, 2012 - NY Times

Cash-Strapped Township Puts Bridge Up For Sale to Public

The Pennsylvanian township of Upper Salford is auctioning off a 35-year-old wooden bridge to the highest bidder through an online forum, the latest creative solution for cash-strapped local governments seeking to clean up expensive local problems.

November 9, 2010 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Community-Supported Businesses on the Rise

Stacy Mitchell reports on the growing trend of micro-financing, where small business people turn to the local community to get the funding they need to open restaurants or small shops.

August 31, 2010 - Yes! Magazine

How Portland Sold Its Banks on Walkable Development

Finding financing is one of the biggest challenges for transit-oriented development. How did Portland convince its lenders to get on board?

May 25, 2010 - Streetsblog

Expanding or Shrinking Your House at Will

The Klip House is a series of modular, prefab units that can be clipped together much like the binding on a ski boot, allowing homeowners to lease or own the home parts they need for their stage in life, then upgrade or downgrade when necessary.

March 27, 2010 - BLDBLOG

Credit Crisis May Force Metro to Pay Millions

Metro and 30 other transit agencies across the country may have to pay billions of dollars to large banks as years-old financing deals unravel, potentially hurting service for millions of bus and train riders, transit officials said yesterday.

October 28, 2008 - Washington Post

Could Your Rent Pay For More Transit?

An acquaintance of mine is trying to decide whether to move to Los Angeles or New York. Having spent most of her life in the Northeast, New York is a familiar city where she has good friends and job connections. However, she can’t help but feel the draw of the West Coast, and on a recent visit to Los Angeles, she was rather keen on settling down in Southern California, especially when she was comparing the rents in L.A. to those in New York. While rents in New York are increasingly stratospheric, L.A.’s are just exorbitantly high.

June 18, 2007 - Christian Madera

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