April 1, 2015

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

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

Advancing Virginia’s Housing Policy

(RECAP: Follow the work of the State Housing Policy Advisory Council as they consider housing strategies and best practices to promote affordable housing opportunities for the Commonwealth. Housing is a key element in the Governor’s Plan to diversify and grow Virginia’s economy.)

Managing Neighborhood Change 

(RECAP: This report presents a strategic framework that can help practitioners and policy-makers foster sustainable and equitable neighborhood revitalization, building on solid market demand while ensuring the neighborhood’s lower income households will benefit from the changes that have taken place.)

Innovations in 1-to-4-unit Multifamily Developments

(RECAP: Small multi-family projects continue to vex community development practitioners. They’re notoriously difficult to manage at scale and may require rehab that makes them cost-prohibitive for nonprofit developers aiming to maintain affordability. Here are how innovations in one city may be transferable to another.)

The Secrets of Successful Communities – Part 6: Pay Attention to Community Aesthetics

(RECAP: The problem is not development, per se; rather the problem is the patterns of development. Successful communities pay attention to where they put development, how it is arranged, and what it looks like.)

About Disability.Blog

(RECAP: Disability.Blog, the official blog of Disability.gov, features weekly posts from subject matter experts who address important topics for people with disabilities, their families and others.)

Redefining Public Spaces for Older People

(RECAP: The elderly population in cities is growing, and research points to the health benefits of an active, connected lifestyle. So why are cities still so inhospitable to aging?)

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.

Protecting Affordable Housing Parties Against the Big, Bad Environmental Liability Monster 

(RECAP: A little up-front work before the deal is financed, may open up options, protect against risk and save a lender millions later. In other words, a little environmental due diligence may just keep that monster in the closet.)

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