December 17, 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.

Pressure on Resources? Use Data

(RECAP: Cities around the world are working out how to accommodate more people and cope with increased pressure on resources; and making use of city data could help.)

Fighting the Vacant Property Plague

(RECAP: The innovative move by a shrinking city to help keep neighborhoods livable may end up serving as a model for industrial cities across the nation that are faced with smaller populations and high foreclosure and vacancy rates.)

Mod Squad

(RECAP: From the New York City skyline to the blue skies of Los Angeles, several affordable housing developments are rising section by section using modular construction. The size and scope of these developments may kick open the door for other affordable housing projects.)

CDFIs: A New Force in Homeownership?

(RECAP: When it comes to connecting underserved communities with the capital to revitalize, no organizations are more effective than community development financial institutions (CDFIs)—the innovative, mission-driven organizations that provide much-needed financial services in low- and moderate-income communities across the U.S.)

Seniors More Likely to Live in Communities than with Relatives

(RECAP: Although the share of seniors moving in with relatives has been on the rise in recent years, those living in areas with large senior populations are more likely to opt for community-style living. The rise in seniors living with relatives is not due to the recession, rather, it’s because of demographic shifts.)

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