November 25, 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 Affordability Update

(RECAP: The "Housing Affordability Primer" from Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group allows us to identify which affordability indicators may be insightful for different facets of housing affordability while stressing that no single measure can give us a complete view of the matter. The analysis focuses on housing affordability in terms of households' ability to cover housing costs at given income levels, as opposed to households' ability to access mortgage credit.)

7 Smart Ways to Design Housing That’s Actually Affordable

(RECAP: With Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now, Marc Norman, who recently curated an exhibit on the subject, contends this niche area of interest isn’t so niche anymore. He highlights seven methods designers can use to create housing that is affordable, and draws on 23 examples from around the country to illustrate how these methods are implemented in the real world.)

How gentrification may benefit the poor

(RECAP: Gentrification has long been a dirty word for forcing poor people out of neighborhoods across U.S. cities. Now, a new storyline is emerging that shows that it isn't fair to blame gentrification for displacing low-income residents and that there might actually even be some benefits.)

Ten urban innovations that may re-shape cities of the future 

(RECAP: Get ready for augmented mobility, smart water management and more shared space. These breakthroughs are among the next wave of innovations that could revolutionize cities, according to the World Economic Forum.)

So Much For The Death of Sprawl: America’s Exurbs Are Booming

(RECAP: It’s time to put an end to the urban legend of the impending death of America’s suburbs. With the aging of the millennial generation, and growing interest from minorities and immigrants, these communities are getting a fresh infusion of residents looking for child-friendly, affordable, lower-density living.)

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.

This is why the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit should be priority #1

(RECAP: What’s happening in the rental segment of the market affects demand for single-family homes, which in turn impacts the overall U.S. economy. It is all connected.)

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