Architects around the globe are exploring “vertical land” to solve homelessness

Digital Trends 4/4/2018 In an example of truly thinking in three dimensions, architects around the globe are beginning to envision housing in a different way. Dubbed “vertical land,” developers are essentially utilizing scaffolding and three-dimensional printing to build homeless shelters on the windowless sides of existing buildings. It’s a controversial and drastic step towards attacking the homeless crises gripping some …

Benefits of social housing on publicly owned land

In a paper released by People’s Policy Project (3P) on Thursday, Peter Gowan and Ryan Cooper propose that municipal governments across the country build millions of units of social housing. An influx of publicly owned, efficiently built apartments would add to the housing supply while minimizing the displacement risks caused by luxury developments. Under the 3P proposal, municipalities would finance the construction …

Research shows AirBnB is removing longer term rental housing and driving up prices

Excerpt from CityLab by Alistair Boone, March 2018 There are two kinds of horror stories about Airbnb. When the home-sharing platform first appeared, the initial cautionary tales tended to emphasize extreme guest (and occasionally host) misbehavior. But as the now decade-old service matured and the number of rental properties proliferated dramatically, a second genre emerged, one that focused on what the …

Benefits of transit access often don’t accrue to low-income riders but provisions for affordable housing nearby can help, and some agencies are taking action

From Transit Center Feb 06, 2018 Affordable Housing: A Next Frontier for Transit? Putting people near transit (and vice-versa) boosts ridership, and many transit agencies talk about transit-oriented development. But in growing recognition that the benefits of transit access often don’t accrue to low-income riders, two agencies are testing strategies to encourage affordable development near transit. Last year, Metro Los Angeles assumed the role …

Public Land Value Capture: A new model for housing development in Scotland

February 12, 2018  By Michael Lewis P2P Blog Brilliant and practical way of cutting the developers out of lining their pockets once public planning permission is granted. This policy captures what is now unearned income in the hands of private developers for a key public good – to radically increase the affordability of housing. Take a look. Not too complicated. Grounded in Commons sense. The …

California Bill Would Allow Unrestricted Housing by Transit, Solve State Housing Crisis

By Henry Grabar, Slate, 5 Jan 2018  Is this the best use for land around the Expo Line in Los Angeles? Payton Chung via Flickr San Francisco’s state senator, Scott Wiener, has introduced a bill that would all but abolish the city’s famously strict land use controls—and virtually every other residential zoning restriction in California’s urban neighborhoods. It’s just about the …

“Call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all God’s children.” MLK also supported a jobs guarantee, a living wage and universal healthcare

BY MATTHEW MILES GOODRICH in In These Times, Jan 2018 For King, the only solution to America’s crisis of poverty was the redistribution of wealth. In 1952 a 23-year-old Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a love letter to Coretta Scott. Along with coos of affection and apologies for his hasty handwriting, he described his feelings not just toward his future wife, but …

Seattle uses tax on biggest businesses to fund program to curb homelessness. How Nashville is funding a $5.2bn transit upgrade

By Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky, 16 Oct 2017 Smart City Dive Two Seattle councilmembers have proposed a business tax that could generate up to $24 million a year to fund the H.O.M.E.S (Housing, Outreach, and Mass-Entry Shelter) program, developed to alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis, according to GeekWire and others. The tax would be imposed upon the city’s highest-grossing businesses, which are those with at …