October 21, 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.

What I learned from a local affordable housing planning process

(RECAP: Over the course of the 18 months that the National Housing Conference (NHC) was involved in the affordable housing planning process in Arlington, I learned a lot about how to draft and build consensus around an affordable housing plan. These are lessons, I think, that are valuable to other communities developing their own plans.)

Coding for Character: Doing Away With the Zoned Out Nature of Cities

(RECAP: What's keeping the historic parts of your city or town from staying up-to-date and well-loved? Usually, the laws.)

Using digital data for community stabilization

(RECAP: New mobile “apps” are enabling community development organizations to standardize data collection, crowdsource information on property conditions and better inform neighborhood-stabilization strategies.)

A Picture of Disability and Designated Housing

(RECAP: HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research recently released a study, A Picture of Disability and Designated Housing, that explored the status of available and accessible housing for HUD-assisted households with disabled members, compared the profile of this population with that of the larger population of disabled U.S. residents, and considered the implications of these findings for HUD policy and data resources.)

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.

Visualizing housing policy’s impact on inequality

(RECAP: As we look for opportunities to rebalance our national housing policy in a time of constrained public resources, analysis informs us that targeting funds toward housing assistance and policies that support those at the bottom end of the income ladder may be the most prudent and impactful way to do more with less.)

Liner buildings: How to get great streets years in advance

(RECAP: There's nothing that jump-starts a place people will love to walk like liner buildings. It doesn't matter whether you're helping a place recover from sprawl or building a new neighborhood center; liner buildings get far more bang for the buck and make things possible today that would be completely impossible until years in the future using conventional mixed-use building types.)

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