August 5, 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.

Developing at the Edge

(RECAP: In rural areas, residents may be hungry for growth and increased property tax base. Adding new development within or at the edge of a small town or village, if done well, can retain features the residents cherish, reinforce a more compact development pattern that is cheaper and easier to service than sprawl, while also providing for economic growth.)

Housing Problems of Very Low-Income Renter Households

(RECAP: HUD’s Worst Case Housing Needs: 2015 Report to Congress investigates causes and trends in worst case housing needs, with special emphasis on changes during the 2011 to 2013 period, by examining the extent of these needs as well as the availability of affordable rental housing.)

Housing To Mix Adults With Autism, Typically-Developing Residents

(RECAP: While this project may be the first of its kind in the nation that mixes those with autism and typically-developing adults, it’s part of a recent movement to create affordable housing projects that put various special needs groups alongside typical renters.)

Uber, Senior Living Team Up to ‘Drive’ Resident Mobility

(RECAP: The launch of its uberASSIST offering brought the company’s signature service — which allows people to call for rides and pay automatically via smartphone — to seniors. Now, Uber is expanding those offerings by launching a new pilot program for community-based senior outreach that involves senior living communities.)

Resources for the Emerging Field of Urban Science

(RECAP: As city planners we are increasingly recording, measuring, and organizing city data—a practice known as urban science. Here’s a list of resources offering insight and access into this emerging field.)

From Harvard Innovation Lab, A Startup To Help Take Tiny Houses Mainstream

(RECAP: Even though they command a freak fascination that's borderline obsessive for some, most people still think of tiny houses as curios, not viable living situations. A startup called Getaway wants to make that lifestyle less of an aspiration and more of a reality.)

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.

Revisiting Two Forces of Urban Transformation 

(RECAP: Few factors have had a greater impact on recent urban growth than communications technology and property investment strategies. As these maturing forces are increasingly taken for granted, the next generation of urban growth should accommodate them in ways that preserve urban vitality and citizen livelihoods.)

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