December 23, 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.

A New Guide to Participatory Planning

(RECAP: The Project for Public Spaces shares news of a new guide published by the Montréal Urban Ecology Centre that provides advice and best practices for community engagement.)

America’s Rental Housing 2015: Record Number of Renter Households Face Severe Affordability Problems

(RECAP: While lower-income households are most likely to experience these cost burdens, the 2015 report on rental housing released today from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies finds rental cost burdens increasingly afflict even moderate-income renters earning as much as $45,000 per year.)

The Future of Architecture: Moss, Not Mirrors

(RECAP: Plants and lichens on a concrete wall used to be a sign of decay, but soon they might be a sign of sophistication.)

How Communities Could Create Aging-in-Place Zones

(RECAP: Land-use regulations could mean the difference between aging in place and moving elsewhere for many older adults, and restructuring zoning codes might allow more seniors to remain in their homes, a group of researchers has suggested.)

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.

Anchoring “The Community” to the Community Building Movement

(RECAP: The current surge of advocacy for market-based approaches to revitalizing distressed communities has sparked attention to anchoring lower-income residents to the economies of their communities.)

Connecting Real Estate Developers to Meaningful Social Change

(RECAP: Government and private-sector actors alike need to focus on integrating social impact into our urban developments and creating stronger and more coordinated financing mechanisms that still realize a decent return. Enabling impact development could truly change the way we rebuild our cities and communities in 21st century.)

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