10-story apartment building, decent design and massing, $3 million before shipping and on-site placement, assembled in 1 day

Broad Sustainable Building is at it again with its new 5D folding modular system. in Treehugger, by Lloyd Alter, June 15, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Broad Sustainable Building has been developing factory-built structures since 2009, usually with headlines noting a hotel was built in a week or an office tower in a month. However, this is the first time we have …

Philadelphia’s eviction diversion program is a ‘lifeline’ for tenants

The “nation’s largest poor city” has adopted one of the most aggressive eviction diversion efforts in the U.S., in an effort one city council member said she hopes will remain post-pandemic. June 16, 2021, by Amanda Loudin https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/philadelphias-eviction-diversion-program-is-a-lifeline-for-tenants/601645/ At the height of the pandemic last fall, Philadelphia resident Eboni Ann Jones fell on hard times. Jones, a single mother who works …

Arts and culture in just transition organizing

Excerpt, Common Dreams, May 2021, https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/14/arts-and-culture-just-transition A central feature of the failed neoliberal experiment was the understanding that inequality of wealth and rights was accepted as a feature and force of economic growth, as Shoshanna Zuboff articulated in The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. In fact, our neoliberal economic system requires a continual supply of cheap land, natural resources, and labor to generate never …

The most important factor in the housing crisis is low supply, especially in the categories needed. Zoning is a key contributor to that problem. Sweden built social housing.

The most important factor is low supply. Michael Neal, senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center, told Vox in a December interview that low supply is “probably the biggest contributor” to the rapid rise in prices. Having a bunch of first-time homebuyers enter the market wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the market could accommodate them. …

Community task force report calls for the prohibition of the “use of riot gear, weapons and militarized approaches or responses during peaceful protests or demonstrations” along with over 100 other recommendations

Westword, 5/25/21 On May 21, a community-led task force established in the wake of the Denver Police Department‘s heavy-handed response to the George Floyd protests issued a series of recommendations that could transform the City of Denver’s approach to public safety. “Our goal is to create a community-based public-safety model that protects and heals the community from centuries of violence and …

Resilience planning involves knowing when and where to retreat

Norfolk: To fight flooding, this city plans to renovate—and retreat Bloomberg | Leslie Kaufman, March 10, 2021 When it rains in Norfolk, Va., the residents of the Chesterfield Heights and Grandy Village neighborhoods worry about getting cut off from the rest of the city. That’s because with a highway on one side and the Elizabeth River on the other, the …

Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

Single family housing that keeps multi-family out is exclusionary and extends homelessness

Exclusionary zoning such as single-family zoning makes it illegal to build anything other than single-family homes and is prevalent in suburbs. Single-family homes are more expensive than apartments, townhomes, or duplexes, and that makes rent costly, too. Even in mixed use residential districts  ordained minimum lot sizes can force larger and more expensive units. ** Feb 2021 on vox.com https://www.vox.com/22252625/america-racist-housing-rules-how-to-fix This is …

Streetlights can be 40% of city electricity costs, but LEDs can be turned down and poles can be an asset

Feb 11, 2021 – Economy & Business The future of “smart” cities is in street lights by Jennifer A. Kingson, Axios Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios Cities are rushing to replace their legacy street lights with “smart” LED fixtures that could one day be able to find you a parking space, monitor air quality, and announce an oncoming thunderstorm. Why it matters: Despite a …

How Cities Are Reimagining Neighborhoods and What it Means to Thrive

PHILLIPE CUNNINGHAM &  MEGHAN SAHLI-WELLS  Feb 2, 2021, Next City A Tale of Two Upzones Minneapolis May Ban New Drive-Throughs, Citing Greenhouse Gases and Health Effects Housing in Brief: Portland Just Ended Single-Family Zoning When Minneapolis ended single-family zoning it was in part to undo the racial segregation, caused by policies like redlining (as seen in this historic map), that still defines …