January 8, 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.

The business case for compact cities and towns

(RECAP: Innovation and access to good employees -- two reasons why businesses are choosing to locate in walkable downtowns and towns centers.)

The Quest to Create Standards for Affordable Homeownership

(RECAP: The goal of developing “Stewardship Standards” is to gain insights into best practices that affordable homeownership programs are undertaking across the country and translate those insights into standards.)

Street Furniture for ‘Sitable’ Cities 

(RECAP: Street furniture is a broad term that encompasses everything from benches to traffic signals, and you’ve likely encountered many examples without even realizing it.) 

Breaking Down the Barriers to Affordable Housing

(RECAP: Cities and towns that thrive are those with a good balance of owners and renters. By addressing financial and regulatory barriers, cities may be able to reverse the affordable housing shortfall in time for the surge of Millennials.)

The Health Risks of Small Apartments

(RECAP: As New York City’s “micro-apartment” project inches closer to reality, experts warn that micro-living may not be the urban panacea we’ve been waiting for. For some residents, the potential health risks and crowding challenges might outweigh the benefits of affordable housing.)

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