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Explaining the Housing Market via Footwear

What the shoe industry can teach us about the housing crisis.

January 3, 2024 - Strong Towns

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The Rise of Zoning Reform

As the housing affordability crisis spread from mainly coastal cities to the rest of the nation, cities and states are taking a serious look at outdated zoning codes that hamper efforts to build more housing.

November 29, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Seattle Council Rejects Transportation Impact Fee

Councilmembers who opposed the proposal say the fee would have slowed housing development and raised housing costs.

November 28, 2023 - The Registry

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Parking Reform is Sweeping the Country. Does it Work?

A new study shows a significant reduction in housing construction costs in cities that have reduced or eliminated minimum parking requirements.

October 12, 2023 - Bisnow

Wood-frame houses under construction.

California Impact Fees Reach Supreme Court

An upcoming ruling could have a major impact on building and development in California and around the country.

October 4, 2023 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Fairfax County Approves Parking Reform

The new parking policy creates a new, tiered framework for parking requirements and reduces the required number of parking spots near transit.

October 3, 2023 - DCist

A new house is under construction with the walls and the roof installed but only the frames and trusses, respectively.

Post-Pandemic Home Building Trends: More Bedrooms, Smaller Homes

U.S. homes are adding bedrooms while getting smaller, according to two seemingly contradictory articles published on the same day from different data sources earlier this month.

August 30, 2023 - Bloomberg

White modular home being built on dirt mound

An Argument for Uniform Pre-Fab Construction Standards

Industry leaders say a national set of standards for off-site construction of modular housing would boost the affordable housing stock and make construction faster.

August 17, 2023 - Governing

Row of new contemporary rowhouses in Austin, Texas

Report: Why It Costs so Much to Build Housing in Austin

The study highlights high real estate costs as well as restrictive zoning regulations and building requirements that delay multi-family construction.

August 9, 2023 - Community Impact Newspaper

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The Relationship Between Rents and Housing Supply

Despite a strong belief in market forces in many other aspects of the economy, many Americans don’t see a correlation between housing supply and housing costs.

August 9, 2023 - New York Magazine

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Austin Could Reduce Minimum Lot Sizes

In an effort to increase housing production and bring down housing costs, the city council approved a resolution calling for reduced lot sizes and higher density in single-family neighborhoods.

July 24, 2023 - The Architect's Newspaper

Brown and yellow two-story apartment buildings in Austin, Texas

Austin Council Proposes Multi-Family Affordable Housing Program

The proposal would permit larger buildings on single-family lots.

June 13, 2023 - Austin Monitor

Downtown Dallas

Vacant Lot Development Could Bring 100,000 New Housing Units to Dallas

Building on the roughly 76 million square feet of vacant land already zoned for multifamily housing could create badly needed rental housing units and slow the growth of rent prices.

May 30, 2023 - RentCafé

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New Yorkers Need Land. NYPD is Sitting on Nearly 150 Lots.

A new map reveals how much land in New York City is being wasted by city police—often sitting vacant, rather than serving the public good.

May 23, 2023 - Shelterforce Magazine

San Francisco, California

Backlash to San Francisco Development Spotlights City’s Conflicting Priorities

Residents of the Bayview neighborhood say they support new housing, but object to a proposed building that would replace one of the area’s only green spaces.

March 15, 2023 - San Francisco Examiner

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Thousands of Seattle Housing Units Blocked by Lawsuits

Legal challenges filed by condo associations are holding up multiple high-rise housing developments that could bring much-needed housing and jobs to downtown Seattle.

March 2, 2023 - The Urbanist

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Manhattan Preservation Groups Block New Development—On a ‘Historic’ Parking Lot

A judge ruled against a decision by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to approve a 324-tower in the South Street Seaport Historic District, highlighting the tensions in a city facing a dearth of affordable housing.

February 1, 2023 - The New York Times

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Harlem Apartment Project Nixed in Favor of Truck Depot

After a proposal for a mixed-use development failed to gain support from a local city councilmember, the developer turned the site into a truck storage depot, prompting concerns over air quality and health impacts.

January 20, 2023 - The New York Times

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First Full Builder’s Remedy Application Filed in Santa Monica

In the time that it took Santa Monica to bring its housing plan into compliance with state requirements, a developer filed over a dozen preliminary applications under the obscure ‘builder’s remedy’ policy.

December 14, 2022 - The Real Deal

New York City Construction

New York Mayor Announces ‘Get Stuff Built’ Housing Plan

Mayor Adams says the new plan will cut building processes by 50 percent to accelerate badly needed housing construction, but parts of the proposal still face hurdles to get approved.

December 11, 2022 - City of New York

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