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housing affordability

2 days ago
SB 50 was often viewed as an attack on wealthy, single-family homeowners, but housing justice advocates also had issues with the legislation.
Curbed
4 days ago
Several recent studies add fuel to the fire of whether market-rate housing helps affordability or drives low-income people from their neighborhoods.
The New York Times
February 12, 2020, 8am PST
The hordes of people moving to Texas every year could soon encounter the same kinds of housing affordability challenges they left behind.
Houston Chronicle
February 11, 2020, 12pm PST
An onion piece published by D Magazine makes an argument for less burdensome parking requirements as a way to deliver more affordable housing options in Dallas' housing stock.
D Magazine
February 6, 2020, 5am PST
The idea of filtering is key to pro-housing-development arguments of the benefits of market-rate housing to the affordability of housing. New research finds that filtering is highly variable depending on location.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
January 31, 2020, 5am PST
Upzoning is gaining popularity among planners and politicians in parts of the country as a tool for affordability. But some opponents of the idea maintain that new density will only make housing affordability worse.
Curbed
January 29, 2020, 7am PST
A recent study claiming that transportation costs in Houston, among other expenses, raise the cost of living almost to the same level as living in New York City. Some took exception to the study's methodology.
E21
January 26, 2020, 5am PST
The Land Use subcommittee of the Virginia House of Delegates decided quickly to uphold local control of zoning.
WAMU
January 21, 2020, 12pm PST
The extra costs of automobile dependency turn assumptions about affordability on their head, according to a recently published report by the Citizens Budget Commission.
Texas Monthly
January 21, 2020, 11am PST
Housing deregulation for the sake of housing affordability made progress in both Democratic- and Republican-led states last year.
City Journal
Blog post
January 15, 2020, 10am PST
Some urbanism commentators suggest that gentrification is the result of a "rent gap" between actual and potential rent. How should this theory affect zoning policy?
Michael Lewyn
January 14, 2020, 10am PST
In Washington, D.C., Airbnb has led to an increase in home prices, and the impact is more significant in neighborhoods with a higher density of short-term rental units.
Urban Turf
January 13, 2020, 11am PST
The ranks of states considering or taking steps to override local control to allow new density in the residential neighborhoods of cities has swelled once again, this time with a state senator in Nebraska pitching statewide legislation.
1011 Now
January 8, 2020, 9am PST
State and local lawmakers hope that recent reforms to the Washington State Environmental Policy Act are only an initial step toward ending the law's use as a tool for delaying affordable housing plans.
Crosscut
January 8, 2020, 6am PST
The ambitious "Homes for All" plan would include upzoning as only one tool for addressing the acute housing affordability crisis in the state of Maryland.
CityLab
December 23, 2019, 5am PST
The Commonwealth of Virginia will consider a bill that would legalize duplexes in single-family zones throughout the state.
CityLab
December 22, 2019, 5am PST
Almost 90% of Arlington County land zones for residential use is reserved for single-family homes. Would adding missing middle housing in the form of duplexes and triplexes keep the price of housing in a more manageable range?
WAMU
December 19, 2019, 7am PST
The Height Act is up for debate again in Washington, D.C., amidst an emotional debate about housing affordability.
WAMU
December 19, 2019, 6am PST
An ambitious plan to build 40,000 new affordable housing units in the next ten years will require the support of local politicians as well as elected officials at the provincial and federal levels.
The Star
December 18, 2019, 7am PST
Rents have grown as much as 28 percent in the last year over the past year in the neighborhood of Midtown in Houston.
Houston Chronicle