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Single-Family Housing

May 2, 2021, 7am PDT
Home builders are building a record number of single-family rentals, and young, modest-income households with children are more likely to live in those new homes.
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
March 21, 2021, 9am PDT
If implemented, Home in Tacoma would create new housing categories to encourage more multi-family buildings.
MyNorthwest
November 2, 2020, 8am PST
The state of California is trying to prevent a repeat of one of the most significant consequences of the Great Recession: large Wall Street interests buying for-sale housing in bulk for conversion to apartments.
Next City
September 2, 2020, 9am PDT
A proposed tax credit designed to stabilize single-family neighborhoods facing growing numbers of vacancies is making its way through Congress.
Shelterforce Magazine
July 23, 2020, 12pm PDT
In struggling communities full of single-family homes, the cost is too high for developers to acquire and renovate blighted properties. The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act would offer an incentive for investment in existing building stock.
Affordable Housing Finance
March 25, 2020, 11am PDT
Legislation to stop construction of McMansions is being undermined by a zoning loophole.
Curbed Los Angeles
February 10, 2020, 8am PST
Eric Jaffe, writing for Sidewalk Labs, details a recent issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association that debated the future of single-family zoning.
Sidewalk Talk
January 16, 2020, 10am PST
A model of accessory dwelling unit reform will be under consideration this year in the Washington State Legislature.
Sightline Institute
January 2, 2020, 5am PST
Incremental changes to density on single-family parcels could boost the nation’s housing stock without dramatic impacts at the neighborhood level.
Curbed
July 10, 2019, 10am PDT
By designating that "family" refer to a specific set of ties, many zoning codes make it difficult for "functional" families without those ties to find a place to live.
CityLab
April 12, 2019, 5am PDT
The supply gap is hitting lower-income families especially hard, a new study shows.
Housing Perspectives
March 9, 2018, 9am PST
Politicians are taking positions on a controversial California housing bill to densify by transit. Even after amendments were accepted on March 1 in response to concerns about displacement and demolitions, the mayor of Los Angeles remains opposed.
The Architect's Newspaper
February 12, 2018, 10am PST
Richard Florida takes a look at a new report that traces the affordability crisis to cities' inability to densify their older, inner suburbs.
CityLab
August 31, 2017, 8am PDT
The city of Seattle provides the geography and market for a housing map that illustrates the differences between single-family and multi-family housing in terms of affordability.
Sightline Institute
December 26, 2015, 9am PST
Portland is tackling a critical but often controversial issue: how to regulate infill development in residential neighborhoods when growth is pushing landowners and developers to build bigger and denser.
City of Portland