May 7, 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.

How Not To Measure Housing Affordability

(RECAP: Critics argue that smart growth reduces housing affordability. Their criticisms are partly legitimate and largely wrong, based on incomplete and biased analysis.)

Urban Alleys Become Pathways To Revitalization

(RECAP: Alleys are as old as cities themselves, and they started off as public spaces. Many cities are trying to activate -- or re-activate -- their alleys and make them human-scale places, sometimes with restaurants, retail and outdoor art.)

Access Board’s New Online Guides to ADA & ABA Standards

(RECAP: The U.S. Access Board’s new illustrated guides about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) explain requirements of the standards, answer common questions and include recommendations for best practices.)

You Must Remember This: Uses of the Past in Community Development

(RECAP: The past doesn’t supply practitioners of today with an operator’s manual, saying precisely how to solve the toughest problems in our field. It offers something else: a robust acquaintance with values, mistakes, possibilities, struggles and heroes.)

Senior Housing Rate Projected to Double, Driven By Urban Development

(RECAP: Many seniors are seeing their retirements unfold in urban centers and are seeking new and modern housing options rather than independent living communities, that are beginning to experience obsolescence.)

Crowdfunding: The Future of Multifamily Investing?

(RECAP: By bringing crowdfunding into the multifamily space, fundraising sites that mirror the popular but consumer-driven Kickstarter are providing financial opportunities to reach investors that sponsors might not have been privy to.)

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