A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.
NAR HOME Survey: Desire to Buy Strong Despite Affordability, Economic Concerns(RECAP: The National Association of Realtors® inaugural quarterly household survey, Housing Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME), reveals an overwhelming majority of current renters who are 34 years of age or younger want to own a home in the future (94 percent). Overall, 83 percent of polled renters have a desire to own, and 77 percent believe homeownership is part of their American Dream.)
Urban Management's Abundant Technology Toolbox(RECAP: In a world of interconnected systems, there are plenty of platforms that can help decision-makers see the big picture. While the tool mix must be specific to local needs, three driving concepts should be kept front and center: fluidity, interconnectivity and technology.)
A coming of age crisis: Can the U.S. meet the housing challenges of an aging population?(RECAP: Given the number of people expected to hit senior status in the next 25 years, standard housing options might not be enough. Along those lines, homesharing is an option gaining popularity among seniors.)
New Research: Planning for Cars That Drive Themselves(RECAP: Fully autonomous buses and cars will likely be driving themselves on city streets in the next 20 years—well within a long-range planning horizon. Here’s how large Metropolitan Planning Organizations are preparing for what is potentially the most transformative transportation technology since the internal combustion engine and mass-produced automobile.)