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Alexandria To Consider New Density Bonus

City leaders hope the proposed change will boost the city’s supply of affordable housing.

June 22, 2022 - Alexandria Living Magazine

Cambridge Massachusetts

The Thinking Behind Cambridge's Affordable Housing Overlay

A podcast discussion with Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui details how and why the Massachusetts city become a planning trendsetter by adopting an Affordable Housing Overlay earlier this year.

April 21, 2021 - Land Matter Podcast

Berkeley Hills Bay Area

100 Percent Affordable Overlay: Next Up for Berkeley's Reform Movement

After moving forward with parking and zoning reforms, the Berkeley City Council is also considering a new Affordable Housing Overlay on a model previously adopted in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

March 5, 2021 - Beyond Chron

Doctor's Row

Preservation Blind Spot Apparent on Philly's Black 'Doctor's Row'

Christian Street, known at the beginning of the 20th century as the Black "Doctor's Row" should have been on the Historic Register years ago, according to this article.

December 30, 2020 - Philadelphia Inquirer

San Francisco

Transit-Oriented Housing Development Plan Falls Flat in San Francisco

The Home SF plan was supposed to usher in a wave of new housing development on transit corridors in San Francisco. Now, 2.5 years later, that promise might finally be ready to become reality.

December 4, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Society Hill Historic Buildings

How One Wealthy, Historic Neighborhood Maintains an Exclusionary Status Quo

Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron has had enough with the exclusionary planning tactics of the neighborhood of Society Hill to start calling it the "Republic of Society Hill."

November 27, 2019 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Car-Centric Planning

Tax Breaks Offered in Exchange for Affordable Housing in Downtown Phoenix

The state of Arizona doesn't allow local jurisdictions to charge affordable housing fees for new developments, so the city of Phoenix is offering tax breaks as an incentive instead.

February 27, 2019 - Arizona Republic

A Small Corner of an Atlanta Suburb Could Ditch Parking Minimums

The Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District will redraw the plans for a MARTA-adjacent part of the Atlanta suburb of Brookhaven.

November 12, 2017 - Reporter Newspapers

Maryland

Affordable Housing Incentives Get Pushback in Maryland

Montgomery County's plan for Bethesda calls for height bonuses in return for affordable housing. Residents neighboring the proposed incentive zones have successfully resisted that idea.

August 1, 2017 - Greater Greater Washington

Construction crane in foreground, Denver skyline in background

Denver to Offer New Transit Oriented Height Bonuses for Affordable Housing

The city of Denver is going all in for incentive zoning to ensure affordable housing is included among new developments in the neighborhood around the new 38th and Blake transit station.

September 23, 2016 - The Denver Post

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