April 2, 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 Theory Behind NIMBYism

(RECAP: There is a widespread cultural assumption that we have a property right to veto whatever happens within a few blocks of our homes, even if we did not pay for the property in question. Where did this idea come from?)

Why patient and sustainable neighborhood building is so hard today

(RECAP: The public and private sectors each need to learn some lessons from the ways most great old places developed because those ways are far more sustainable and require a lot less debt. Here are six forces at work today that prevent us from building patient and sustainable places.)

Investing in Community Land Trusts

(RECAP: Over the past four decades, the community land trust movement has grown steadily in the US. Why have funders embraced CLTs? To answer that question, the National Housing Institute interviewed 15 funders from 13 foundations whose scope ranges from local, to state, to regional and national.)

Fifteen of the Best Quotes About Cities

(RECAP: Sometimes the words of others bring something valuable and unique to a discussion, even though they’ve already been said before.)

Seniors Create Their Own Communities in Cities

(RECAP: Naturally occurring retirement communities aren't purposely built for seniors. Rather, they evolve naturally, as adult residents age in place. As more and more seniors create NORCs, cities are being forced to rethink zoning laws and how they provide services.)

RFP for Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges

(RECAP: The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™(CIRD)—a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts—is selecting communities to host CIRD workshops, supported through a $7,000 cash award and in-kind technical assistance and design expertise valued at $35,000. Deadline to submit an application to host a 2014/2015 workshop is May 6, 2014.)

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