City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

Oakland Land Trust Finds More Ways to Preserve Affordable Housing

By ALINE REYNOLDS | SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Oakland Community Land Trust purchased this property at 812 East 24th Street to preserve the affordability of several artists’ live-work spaces. (Credit: Oakland Community Land Trust) In 2014, as she approached four decades of being a landlord, then 70-year-old east Oakland resident Dixi Carrillo decided to sell her rental property next to her home. Carrillo, a retired landscape …

What Millions of Retiring Small Business Owners Could Mean for Cities: Conversions to co-ops at scale builds the most wealth for cities and citizens

BY OSCAR PERRY ABELLO | SEPTEMBER 11, 2018 on NextCity Roughly 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day in the United States. They don’t all own small businesses, but their aging presents an opportunity for more workers to get the chance to own businesses and even build some wealth. Worker Cooperatives Can Be Wealth Builders Here’s Your Who’s Who of Worker-Owned Businesses …

Housing and transportation upsets on the way

By EMILY BADGER, City Lab, MAR 5, 2013 What will happen to empty-nesters when no one wants their nests? Demographers often describe the baby boom generation as if it were an indigestible mammal – maybe a pig, or a rabbit, or a really big rat– slowly moving through the python that is America’s population. As this generation has aged, the baby boom bulge has remade society in …

Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills

MAY 4, 2016, Home » EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills See 2017 slides at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/04/f34/2_32219_Shen_031417-0900.pdf Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals Home heating is the largest energy expense for most U.S. homeowners and accounts for nearly 30% …

How a Public Bank Could Relieve Seattle’s Housing Crisis

Paul Alexander on Medium 2018 Seattle housing activists pack City Hall in 2017. (source: seattlepi.com) Like hundreds of cities in America, Seattle is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. During a one-year period in 2015–16, Seattle rents increased by 9.7 percent — four times the national average. In 2017, the cost of an average two-bedroom topped $2,000. The results have been predictable: nearly half …

A Plan to Solve the Housing Crisis Through Social Housing

Peter Gowan and Ryan Cooper on People’s Policy Project, April 5, 2018.  See the bottom of this post to sign up for and support the People’s Policy Project! Download Paper Many American cities face a severe shortage of affordable housing — and not just for the poor, but well up into the upper-middle class. A recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies …

The Consumer Connection: A Consumer-Centric Approach to Delivering Home Energy Services

August 22, 2018  |  By Laurie Guevara-Stone, RMI Two-thirds of US homeowners consider home energy performance a top priority, but few actually take action to improve home energy use. And those who have implemented efficiency improvements seldom invest in whole-home energy upgrades. In sum, a large gap exists between intentions and actual investments, signifying a market failure to address customer needs. Rocky …

Housing For All: A Real Solution for America’s Housing Crisis

Kaniela Ing, Democrat for Congress (HI-01). Father, state legislator, proud progressive. I fight for working families, because I come from one. Jul 24, 2018 on Medium.com  Generations ago, Americans were promised dignified healthcare, retirement, and housing among other basic rights. Congress boldly enacted Medicare and Social Security, socialized programs that remain incredibly popular today, but its approach to universal housing never …

Most families don’t use large areas of their homes — which means they’ve essentially wasted money on space they don’t need.” Our house design problem isn’t too many rooms, it’s too much stuff.

Lloyd Alter July 30, 2018 © J. Arnold Why do people want bigger houses? For more storage. There has been a lot of recent interest in a couple of old posts discussing the size of houses recently, including one titled Houses keep getting bigger, but the number to watch is the area per person in it and another, which includes the chart above, titled What …