January 22, 2014

Beyond Bricks and Sticks





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


Affordable housing: For many, still out of reach

(RECAP: Across the country, low-income renters and their allies use the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s annual Out of Reach report to make the case for expanding and preserving our nation’s supply of affordable housing.)
http://metrotrends.org/commentary/out-of-reach-2013.cfm

Save that Funky Plaza?

(RECAP: Saving our design heritage needs to be balanced with the imperative that urban landscapes effectively meet the functional needs of contemporary life. You cannot always do both.)
http://www.planetizen.com/node/66865

Housing Affordability Burden For U.S. Cities

(RECAP: In many cities across the country, families spend a sizable share of income on rent, mortgage payment, utilities and other housing-related expenses. As housing costs climb in some areas, wages have failed to keep pace.)
http://www.governing.com/gov-data/economy-finance/housing-affordability-by-city-income-rental-costs.html

What Is a City For?

(RECAP: In this urban age, it’s a question of crucial importance but one not often asked.)
http://www.urbanophile.com/2014/01/09/what-is-a-city-for/

Disability.gov Resources Guides for People with Disabilities 

(RECAP: The federal government’s one-stop access website for disability-related resources includes a guide to housing that details how to find an affordable place to live; what resources are available to make living quarters accessible; and programs that can assist in paying rent.) 
http://www.socialworkhelper.com/2014/01/09/disability-gov-resource-guides-people-disabilities/

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