From Gentrification to Decline: How Neighborhoods Really Change. The dominant trend, especially in suburbs, is the concentration of low income people

Gentrification may not the dominant type of urban change. Instead, it’s the concentration of poverty—particularly in the suburbs—that’s the type of transformation most Americans have been experiencing.The most common type of change in the U.S. over the last two decades has been poverty concentration—and it affects low-income Americans, in particular. As of 2016, there is “no metropolitan region in the …

Everything you need to know about LA’s new transit-oriented development affordable housing incentives

By Lauren Herstik | November 10, 2017 12:00PM (Photo illustration. Credit: Los Angeles Metro) A new city planning initiative aims to add affordable housing development near mass transit, but some real estate insiders question whether it does enough to entice market-rate builders. The Los Angeles Department of City Planning released the official Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) Affordable Housing Incentive Program Guidelines on Sept. …

Densification to respond to affordable housing, transportation, and air quality needs, as well as climate threats

What is a GND for cities?  The passage of the Minneapolis 2040 plan, which will upzone the entire city, and a new effort to pass a statewide transit-oriented development proposal in housing-starved California—may, without meaning to, provide glimpses of what that kind of vision may resemble.  As cities confront climate change, is density the answer? Plans to increase urban density may foreshadow how cities respond …

Can Rent Control Protect Communities? Oregon passed a statewide cap on annual rent increases, and now other states are paying close attention

In 2018, Californians proposed an initiative (Proposition 10) that would repeal the state’s Costa Hawkins Rental Act, which regulates the kind of rent control cities are allowed to have.  Oregon recently succeeded with their measure Yasmeen Wafai posted Mar 22, 2019 For 31 years, Andy Mangels, 52, and his husband, Don Hood, 61, lived in an apartment in the Goose Hollow neighborhood …

Secure housing is a pressing health issue: The healthiest communities in the US are ones where people can afford homes, according to 2019 list of healthiest places in the US

The healthiest communities in the U.S. are the ones where people can afford homes The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2019 list of the healthiest places in the U.S. found that a lack of secure housing is a pressing health issue., Fast Company, March 2019 BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI North St. Louis County, Missouri, faces numerous challenges: The unemployment rate is three times higher …

The Green New Deal aims to get buildings off fossil fuels. These 6 places have already started: The work of reducing carbon emissions from buildings has begun

Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the GHGs in the US, primarily natural gas these days but also heating oil burned to heat (and cool) the water and space inside buildings. CA: Last year, then-Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order that targeted statewide net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Buildings are about 25 percent of state emissions, so that necessarily …

Affordable housing through diversification

In Telluride, a constricted canyon of about 2,600 residents, housing programs have focused on options, meaning everything from dorm-style rentals and tiny homes to stand-alone single-family homes and four-bedroom apartments:  Telluride isn’t immune to Colorado’s high country housing problem. But it’s finding a solution in  iversification MAR 18, 2019 The Colorado Sun — jason@coloradosun.com TELLURIDE — Lance McDonald walks onto the sprawling new …

An Arsenal of Ideas to Stage a Housing Revolution

In Berlin, first, in January, came an agreement from the city to buy housing stock from private landlords, something never tried before on such a large scale. Then came the call mentioned above to ban major landlords from holding very large numbers of apartments. And finally, renters’ associations and some officials in the city government are campaigning for the introduction …

San Francisco supervisors consider public banking options for affordable housing and more

Supervisors Endorse ‘Bold’ Public Bank Plan: Momentum builds for a city-run bank as supervisors encourage starry-eyed thinking that could divest $11 billion annual budget away from Wall Street and to local issues. Ida Mojadad, SF Weekly.com,  Dec 13th, 2018 After taking months to come up with public bank models criticized for not living up to the full potential, the Treasurer’s Office has a …