October 2, 2013

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Does real estate have room for crowdfunding?

(RECAP: An editorial in the Atlanta Business Chronicle raises an interesting question: does real estate have room for crowdfunding as a means to raise cash for projects? And if so, where should crowdfunded cash fit into the capital stack of a real estate deal?)

How parking requirements raise rents

(RECAP: Off-street parking requirements increase the per-unit cost for the developer by about 50 percent, raising required rents from about $800/month to $1,200/month. In addition to the elimination of affordable housing, parking requirements also have broad negative economic impacts and contribute to global warming.)

Four Ways Protected Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses

(RECAP: The question isn’t whether your city can afford high-quality bike infrastructure. It’s whether your city can afford not to.)

Designing a Place-Based Plan for Stabilization

(RECAP: Beginning at the citywide or regional level and then drilling down to an individual neighborhood, these eight steps can lead to a realistic plan for stabilizing a targeted neighborhood impacted by foreclosures.)

Is Community Development an Industry—or a Movement?

(RECAP: The challenge before us is not how to make community development more of an industry, but how to do so carefully and consciously without sacrificing what makes our organizations different than those of the “other guys” in government and business.)

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