October 29, 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.

Roanoke to Feature in Historic Preservation Documentary on Public TV

(RECAP: Downtown Roanoke has had a face-lift, and now it’s ready for its close-up. Roanoke’s role is to illustrate how using historic tax credits to revive aging buildings can drive not only preservation, but economic development, as it has in downtown.)

Hope for the Burbs

(RECAP: While cities are seeing more of the same — gentrification that restores decaying neighborhoods, in-fill development looking a lot like the existing development — real estate developers are reinventing suburban structures from the inside out.)

What Will it Take to Put Affordable Housing Within Reach?

(RECAP: The full Out of Reach report, published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, compares the Housing Wage to a variety of benchmark wage and income levels. And it makes it clear why many Americans, not just those with the lowest incomes, have difficulty paying for their housing and making ends meet.)

These Neighborhoods Squeeze Onto Empty Rooftops And Parking Lots To Help Solve London's Housing Crisis

(RECAP: As London struggles to build affordable new housing for a quickly growing population, one designer has a suggestion: New communities could sprout up on rooftops and in place of old parking garages, with architecture inspired by centuries-old local design.)

Opinions on Housing

The views and opinions expressed in Opinions on Housing are solely those of the original authors, and do not necessarily represent those of VHDA, our stakeholders or any/all contributors to this blog.

Affordable Housing Advocacy: Is Anyone Minding the Store?

(RECAP: The silence about affordable housing from national political candidates is deafening. The idea that the nation should be producing and maintaining sufficient quantities of decent, safe, affordable housing for low-income people is just not the place where politicians feel they should invest any nuggets of their political capital.)

United Nations: Give Voice to Slum Dwellers

(RECAP: Give voice to slum dwellers in city planning. That was the United Nations’ message for World Habitat Day, celebrated October 6. Senior officials with the global body demanded “urgent action” on a new urban agenda that emphasizes safe, affordable housing for the downtrodden.)

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