October 28, 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.

Housing 2020

(RECAP: In Housing 2020, Housing Virginia looks at the future of housing in Virginia through four lenses – Demographics, Economics, Finance and the Greening of our Housing Stock. In each of these areas Housing Virginia worked with an expert to identify and communicate what these changes are and what we need to understand about these trends.)

Equitable transit-oriented development: Public benefit disguised as sticks and bricks

(RECAP: Enterprise Community Partners’ research on equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD) highlights myriad benefits of the development model for low- and moderate-income residents and regions as a whole.)

A Briefing on the Family Options Study

(RECAP: HUD has been studying the effects of services and interventions intended for homeless families. In 2008, Congress directed HUD to analyze this information to see whether services and interventions offered had positive effects on families. After years of planning and observation, researchers have released the preliminary results in the report Family Options Study: Short-Term Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families.)

More Than Just a Bench

(RECAP: A handful of cities have installed solar-powered benches that can charge phones, sense heat and track traffic.)

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.

A Healthy Downtown is Key to a Strong Community

(RECAP: In most cases downtowns serve as the engine for local economies. However, downtowns are much more than a profit center to cities. Downtowns are unique in that they are typically the only neighborhood that belongs to and is shared by everyone in the region.)

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