January 7, 2015

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Using Google Earth to Understand Parking Utilization

(RECAP: As planners we use maps on a daily basis. This article shares how to find the date and time that a Google Earth image was taken, which can be helpful in undertaking site analysis and understanding parking utilization.)

How Hard Will New Home-Loan Limits Hit Veterans?

(RECAP: Congress put a limit on a popular and successful VA home loan program. Here's what that means for military homebuyers.)

Jane Jacobs was right

(RECAP: Older and smaller buildings and a wide range in building age offer real economic and social benefits for neighborhoods and urban centers, according to a study of three major cities — Washington DC, San Francisco and Seattle. The study was inspired by Jane Jacob's influential 1961 bestseller, The Death and Life of Great American Cities.)

With Caregiver Pay Hike, States Warned About ADA Obligations

(RECAP: Starting in January, home care workers will qualify for the first time for federal minimum wage and overtime protections. Now, the Obama administration is warning states not to forget the needs of people with disabilities — who often rely on in-home care providers — as they implement the new policy.)

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.

Here Are the Equity Storylines You Need to Follow in 2015

(RECAP: While unemployment and gas prices have shown promising signs in recent months, stark inequality remains a key feature of the American economy. In the coming year, here are the stories to follow if you want to know whether things are getting better or worse for low-income, urban communities.)

No One's Very Good at Correctly Identifying Gentrification

(RECAP: It's clear "gentrification" is still a vague, imprecise and politically loaded term. We not only need better, more objective ways to measure it; we need to shift our focus to the broader process of neighborhood transformation and the juxtaposition of concentrated advantage and disadvantage in the modern metropolis.)

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