April 13, 2016

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 Virginia Debuts Rural Housing Initiative Newsletter  

As a part of Housing Virginia’s Rural Housing Initiative, they’ve launched a newsletter specific to rural issues in housing and services in Virginia. They hope to connect with rural housing and service providers around the state to inform them of the latest rural workshops and events, and keep them updated on the initiative.

New ULI Report Looks at Projects Tailored to Those Who Prefer Cycling and Walking Over Driving

(RECAP: The report examines the impact of the growing interest in active transportation on economic development, public health, air quality, community design and real estate design and investment.)

The Next Step in Supportive Housing

(RECAP: Health and housing are inextricably linked, and residents who have access to wrap-around supportive social services are better equipped to live healthy lifestyles. Investing in the health of the resident population creates successful and more stable communities.)

Strategies for project review under a form-based code

(RECAP: While many cities and towns have determined that they need not have additional project review for development that conforms with the code, others are establishing or streamlining project review systems. Arlington, Virginia, developed the Columbia Pike code with a two-tier process.) 

Encourage Future Generations of Planners

(RECAP: Inspire children to consider careers in planning. Access American Planning Association Q&As with various planners, and share with children what it takes to be a planner, why people choose the profession and how they recommend students get involved.)

Assisted Living Provider Finds Formula for Massive Community Engagement

(RECAP: A 40-unit standalone assisted living facility in Massachusetts strives to eliminate a sense of isolation that tends to go hand-in-hand with aging to instead bring life and vitality to senior housing. Half of the building is common space to draw nearly 2,000 non-residents from the surrounding community through the door each month.)

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