Comprehensive housing security and economic mobility legislative package in Boston

Boston mayor unveils housing security and economic mobility legislation, Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Jan. 8, 2019 Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced on Monday a comprehensive housing security and economic mobility legislative package. The 14-bill package, which he detailed in a Boston Herald Op-Ed, aims to promote equity, opportunity and resilience by “preserving neighborhoods, stabilizing vulnerable households, supporting small businesses, removing barriers that keep people in poverty …

A study on gentrification made 12 recommendations for Denver. Three years later, here’s where the city stands.

FEB 4, 2019 GROWTH The Colorado Sun — kevin@coloradosun.com More than two years after it issued its report, the city has implemented a variety of measures to address concerns identified in the study. Some programs, such as jobs associated with highway construction, fall under the purview of the state or another jurisdiction. The Sun asked the city’s Office of Economic Development for a …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

Land trusts fight displacement: Subsidy at the front end provides affordable housing in the long run. Community land trusts take housing and land off the market

“By sharing land, the city can retain its identity by becoming a more economically sustainable place to live” Some Groups In L.A. Are Turning To Community Land Trusts For Affordable Housing, on NPR.org, All Things Considered, by JESSE HARDMAN, 4 Feb 2019 A one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is unaffordable for many residents. Some community groups are trying an approach they say …

Zillow and others bringing mass insta-sales into housing market

By Patrick Clark, Bloomberg Business Week February 14, 2019 With its tan stucco exterior and red tile roof, the Rittenhouse home on South Star Canyon Drive looks a lot like the other houses in Power Ranch, a large planned community southeast of Phoenix. Mark, a meat buyer for a grocery chain, and Anne, a nurse, bought the house for $293,000 …

Five trends to watch in community and economic development in 2019 + Create a Solidarity Economy Giving Project

1. Opportunity Zones will take effect in force No surprise here. Opportunity Zones were the big community development story in 2018 and will continue to be in 2019. Proposed regulations should be finalized this year, creating more confidence for investors. Opportunity Funds are already being set up, and investment volumes will grow rapidly. But because of variation in the economic standing of Opportunity Zones, the …

Money still follows the segregation map in Baltimore

By Chase Hoffberger, Baltimorebrew.com February 6, 2019 New study shows the differences in economic activity—and access to opportunity—between neighborhoods New analysis of investment patterns in Baltimore shows the degree to which decades-old housing policy that divided the city by race has locked in a landscape of “haves” and “have nots.” Between 2011 and 2016, Baltimore neighborhoods that are less than 50% African …

Allowing more units on a lot and removing parking minimums helps affordable housing

Minneapolis’ comprehensive plan outlines loosening zoning restrictions in predominantly single-family housing neighborhoods, allowing up to three units on every lot, to set the stage for a more responsive housing supply, better able to meet the needs of current and future citizens. Grand Rapids scrapped single-family zoning years ago. And even beyond the Midwest, in Oregon, state legislators are drafting proposals …

Bay Area Attempts an Affordable Housing Fix

https://www.curbed.com/2019/1/24/18196316/microsoft-inequality-corporations-afforable-housing-big-tech Announced earlier today at the at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, the coalition—which will focus on San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa counties—is the latest announcement to channel private investments into affordable housing. Last week, Microsoft announced a $500 million investment in the Seattle area, creating a $475 million trust fund to support the creation of middle-income housing and a $25 …

How Public Policy Encouraged Suburban Sprawl and Cultural Isolation

How Public Policy Encouraged Suburban Sprawl and Cultural Isolation. by Cromwell Architects Engineers, Arkansas Money and Politics Over the last 70 years, segregated housing patterns and automobile-driven decision making have created suburban monstrosities that have left damaging and long-lasting issues with our cities and public transportation. After World War II, radical changes in the policies of urban development, driven largely by America’s …