Affordable Housing

December 2, 2015, 2pm PST
There are 200 community land trusts in the country, so the idea clearly has traction. With three organizations pursuing new community land trusts, the model might soon have a new test bed in Baltimore as well.
The Baltimore Sun
November 28, 2015, 11am PST
Baltimore's housing stock is relatively accessible compared to many other cities on the East Coast, yet deeply ingrained issues of inequality still plague the potential for homeownership to assist in the city's recovery.
The Atlantic
November 19, 2015, 1pm PST
The market for luxury apartment rentals is booming; the market for affordable rentals is not.
The Atlantic
November 19, 2015, 7am PST
The San Francisco Planning Department is proposing a trade-off to neighborhoods to comply with a state density bonus law: Modestly increase height and density limits in exchange for more affordable housing.
Hoodline
November 17, 2015, 1pm PST
A mega-project in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood is exciting for its size an prize tag—and remarkable for the income levels that define "affordable" in San Francisco these days.
San Francisco Business Times
November 16, 2015, 7am PST
Berlin's Senate has approved a sweeping reform of the city's housing policy, limiting rents on close to 400,000 public housing units to no more than 30 percent of a household income.
CityLab
November 12, 2015, 9am PST
A 12-story residential tower proposed for a Vancouver neighborhood is receiving pushback from housing advocates and the local Chinese community.
The Province
November 12, 2015, 7am PST
In a new paper, researchers find that land use regulations in cities have effectively created a "zoning tax," which primarily impacts the poor and renting class.
Market Urbanism
November 11, 2015, 11am PST
The Seattle City Council recently took the first legislative step in the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) process.
The Urbanist
November 11, 2015, 7am PST
More evidence of the inability of the Illinois Housing Planning and Appeal Act to achieve its stated goals.
WBEZ
November 9, 2015, 7am PST
A researcher at Rice University finds that proclamations of Houston’s affordability, gentrification, and growth are just myths.
The Urban Edge
November 4, 2015, 2pm PST
San Francisco voters rejected a moratorium on market rate housing in The Mission (Prop. I) and tighter restrictions on Airbnb (Prop. F), while approving the city's largest-ever housing bond (Prop. H) and a large mixed-use development.
San Francisco Examiner
October 29, 2015, 5am PDT
Drawing on a distinction between equality and equity, Rick Jacobus argues that so-called 'poor doors' are a necessary compromise to promote affordable housing and neighborhood integration.
Rooflines
Blog post
October 27, 2015, 5am PDT
Rebutting arguments against the law of supply and demand.
Michael Lewyn
October 22, 2015, 7am PDT
The latest city to implement mandatory inclusionary zoning: Portland, Maine. The City Council decision contradicted the Planning Board's recommendation.
Portland Press Herald
October 21, 2015, 9am PDT
Affordable housing advocates are pushing the city to use underutilized city owned property to build more housing, but it doesn't always pencil out.
Seattle Times
October 19, 2015, 1pm PDT
A decision about how to fund the city of Portland's approach to a worsening affordable housing problem has taken longer than expected.
The Oregonian
October 18, 2015, 7am PDT
Current housing policies at the local and national level have tried to make housing more affordable while at the same time increasing the value of homes, recognizing them as a personal investment.
City Observatory City Commentary
October 16, 2015, 10am PDT
This favorable profile of Jack McCullough, a Seattle lawyer representing developers, highlights his role as a deal-maker. Recent agreements between his clients and Mayor Ed Murray may preserve a path forward for affordable housing.
The Seattle Times
October 14, 2015, 12pm PDT
AB 744, a bill which requires no more than one parking space be provided for every two units of affordable and senior housing proximate to transit, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 9.
Smart Growth America