Housing

May 16, 2014, 8am PDT
Re-examining recent thinking on student debt as major contributor to the lousy housing market.
CityLab
April 8, 2014, 10am PDT
Communities across the U.S. are increasingly frustrated at the persistence of mid-20th-century thinking about housing among local leaders even in the face of a mountain of 21st-century evidence that times have changed.
PlaceShakers
April 2, 2014, 1pm PDT
London's mayor, Boris Johnson, has long favoured the creation of a new airport in the Thames Estuary over expanding Heathrow. New claims of boosting house building in west London have generated further criticism.
BBC News online
March 1, 2014, 9am PST
In the Netherlands, a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely.
Gizmodo
February 20, 2014, 2pm PST
Cities are growing faster than you can say megalopolis. But as populations around the world shift to urban areas, cities are also focal points for global challenges—water, energy, health. MIT is working to address these issues.
Spectrvm
November 15, 2013, 6am PST
If you guessed the Big Apple, you'd be wrong. It's the City by the Bay with a median rent of $1,463; New York City had the fifth highest at $1,187. San Jose, Boston, and Washington, D.C. were ranked second, third, and fourth respectively.
The San Francisco Examiner
August 23, 2013, 10am PDT
The increasing scarcity of affordable accommodation in large cities has seen the rise of the 'micro apartment'. Taking its lead from studios but on a much smaller scale, this article questions the appeal of living in a space of less than 15m2.
Sydney Morning Herald
August 9, 2013, 8am PDT
Willow Bend is a new, nonprofit development planned for an ecologically rich, 7.6-acre infill site in the Walker Park neighborhood of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The project is envisioned as a replicable model of sustainable and attainable housing.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments
Blog post
February 26, 2013, 7am PST
A recent study suggesting that mixed-use zoning increases crime is not as persuasive as it might seem at first glance.
Michael Lewyn
February 10, 2013, 5am PST
In rising to meet America's changing housing needs and demands, not every community is positioned to pull it off. What to do? Painful though it is, Ben Brown suggests triage.
PlaceShakers
Blog post
October 25, 2012, 9am PDT

In the 1990s, most public argument about suburban expansion was pretty simple. Environmentalists argued that sprawl increased pollution, while their opponents responded by invoking the free market.   Environmentalists and other sprawl critics (including myself) responded that sprawl is the result less of the free market than of government subsidy and regulation

Recently I have started to notice hints of a not-so-libertarian argument for sprawl: that pro-sprawl government policies such as highway construction open up real estate for development, and thus make housing affordable. 

Michael Lewyn
August 8, 2012, 5am PDT
In Colorado and the West, the most desirable real estate is also the most likely to burn, writes Michael Kodas.
OnEarth
July 11, 2012, 9am PDT
Teresa Burney reports on PulteGroup's new marketing services geared towards understanding the Gen Y demographic as new potential homeowners.
Builder
June 19, 2012, 12pm PDT
Recent studies on older generations' dwelling and travel patterns show that urban areas may provide more mobility and independence than suburban areas with less access to public transit.
MinnPost
June 9, 2012, 7am PDT
Scattered-site rental management is something nonprofits have long found to be a challenge. But there are ways of pulling it off, and those who have done it tell Shelterforce how, and why it’s worth it.
Shelterforce Magazine
Blog post
March 7, 2012, 3pm PST

In For A New Liberty, libertarian intellectual Murray Rothbard writes that leftist intellectuals had raised a variety of complaints against capitalism, and that "each of those complaints has been contradictory to one or more of their predecessors.”  In the 1930s, leftists argued that capitalism was prone to ‘eternal stagnation”, while in the 1960s, they argued that capitalist economies had “grown too much” causing “excessive affluence” and exhaustion of the world’s resources.  And so on.

Michael Lewyn
February 24, 2012, 7am PST
Advocates around the country, and around the world, think so, and they're making their case from Southern California to Scotland and South Africa.
Shelterforce
February 17, 2012, 9am PST
Eric Laine and Suzanne Steelman present LiveWork, a new take on the changing nature of living and working in a design for a mixed use development in Athens, GA.
Fast Company
February 12, 2012, 5am PST
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.
NY Times
January 10, 2012, 7am PST
Jerry Brown has proposed a huge governmental streamlining to make the state more efficient. But in the process he is proposing separating transportation and housing -- now housed in one agency -- and putting them in separate agencies.
California Planning & Development Report