December 11, 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.

Traversing the Border: Planning with Transnational Communities

(RECAP: Transnational communities challenge tenets of both locality and community, and help us understand what sustains a community even in the face of significant political and physical barriers.)

In Blight Fight, Philadelphia May Be Biggest City to Create a Land Bank

(RECAP: Land banks have become an increasingly popular tool for cities dealing with empty lots and abandoned property. Now the model may be getting even bigger.)

CDCs: You Don’t Have to Develop Real Estate to Be a Success

(RECAP: Community development is not and should not be centrally defined by affordable housing production. Re-emphasizing the community-connection commitment of community development means that new CDCs in new places should first and foremost be community organizers.)

Cities Banish Homeless, Not the Problem

(RECAP: Prohibiting the homeless from gathering where food or help is offered is nothing more than sweeping a painful set of urban problems under the rug. Cities, and their homeless residents, deserve better.)

Silver Linings: Low Income Senior Housing

(RECAP: While “low income senior housing” may sound unappealing to some people, the reality is that affordable housing can be a boon for seniors who find themselves spending the lion’s share of their retirement income on rent.)

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