July 23, 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.

Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy

(RECAP: On September 15 and 16, 2014, hundreds of private-sector experts, elected officials, scholars and industry leaders will gather in Washington, DC to discuss and debate America’s housing policy. Breakout sessions will be organized around three key themes: housing finance reform, affordable rental housing and homeownership.)

A Great Place to Put Community Health Clinics: Fire Stations

(RECAP: A new firehouse clinic in California shows how an abundant but under-used public resource can be made even more useful for a community. The genius of the idea is that fire stations are generally under-used facilities (in the sense that firefighters are either waiting around or out doing their jobs), and every city's got at least one.)

Housing Affordability Is Our Problem, Not Their Problem

(RECAP: If it’s not “their” problem but rather “our” problem, there’s a growing opportunity to draw more—and different—people into discussions around increasing housing supply, preserving existing affordable housing, and maintaining and expanding government programs and policies that have been successful in expanding the availability of affordable housing.) 

Finding the right path through design review

(RECAP: Municipalities—searching for ways to better shape development — must tailor their approach to the community’s size and professional resources. That’s where design review comes in.)

10 Things You May Not Know about the ADA

(RECAP: In preparation for the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July, the U.S. Census Bureau released its collection of the most recent data pertaining to Americans with disabilities. The numbers are striking. There are more people with disabilities living in America than the entire population of Canada.)

How Can We Make Cities Quieter?

(RECAP: Noisy traffic might be just as dangerous to public health as traffic accidents. So how do we make the world a quieter place? We could start by thinking about the acoustics of new buildings and street networks—in effect, making noise reduction part of the city planning process.)

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