A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.
10 Keys to Making A Great City Plan
(RECAP: Too many city plans represent business-as-usual, sit on a shelf collecting dust, or miss the chance to reflect a truly game-changing moment in the direction of a city. Want your new city plan process to result in a great plan? Consider these 10 keys.)
Embedding Artists in City Planning Departments: An Intriguing Approach to Civic Engagement
(RECAP: In the city of Minneapolis, an experiment in civic engagement that “embeds” community artists in city planning departments is bearing fruit. Artists, it appears, have a knack for breaking down barriers and drawing residents into conversations about community assets and needs.)
MBA launches Know Before You Owe for homebuyers and mortgage lenders
(RECAP: The new Know Before You Owe or TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure regulations from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will go into effect on Oct. 3. These new, complex regulations will require new mortgage disclosure forms and will change the way that real estate transactions are processed and closed.
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.
Do we have the energy for low-income energy policy?
(RECAP: Energy efficiency made headlines this summer, but will new programs and policies actually help working families?)