July 30, 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.

HO921 Symposium: Homeownership in an Era of Change

(RECAP: As the housing crisis of the past decade shows signs of easing, a new era in homeownership is emerging. New technology, counselor certification and the qualified mortgage are just a few of the topics defining the way stakeholders in the housing industry will now conduct business.)

Should Housing Policy Support Renters More?

(RECAP: The American public is now divided on whether homeownership is a good long-term investment, and a majority now see homeownership as less appealing than it once was. Should housing policy be more balanced, supporting rental housing and homeownership on a more equal footing? Read the discussion.)

USICH Creates Checklist for Assessing Housing First Projects

(RECAP: The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness has developed a Housing First checklist for practitioners, policymakers and government officials. The checklist has two sections. The first is for the housing program or project level. The second is for elements at the community level.)

How City Park Design Contributes to Resident Health

(RECAP: City parks are more than pretty outdoor spaces — research shows they can also be critical to improving a community’s health. In fact, from the earliest days of their implementation, parks have been tools for boosting air quality, encouraging safe physical recreation, reducing disease and discouraging crime.)

Outdoor Art Takes Center Stage

(RECAP: For almost two years now, Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum has been putting classic paintings in very public, very outdoor places. The idea, called “Off the Wall,” came from the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, which launched its “Inside/Out” program three years ago.)

How Low-Income Commuters View Cycling

(RECAP: If transportation systems should speak to the reality and desires of communities they serve, findings suggest policies might need to do a better job of listening to the poor. Here are three policy lessons for cities trying to achieve more transport equity.)

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