July 28, 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's Most Vulnerable Conference

(RECAP: The Virginia Housing Alliance and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services will present the 2016 Housing Virginia's Most Vulnerable Conference, on August 24-25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Midlothian, just outside of Richmond.)

Three questions to ask before choosing art as a community builder

(RECAP: Art is cool, and often beautiful, for sure—but can it really help stabilize and revitalize a distressed community? There are many believers, and Jackie Harder, multimedia specialist with Community Housing Partners in Hopewell is one of them.)

Diamonds Are Forever

(RECAP: They say diamonds are forever. The same can be said about market studies—at least for most affordable housing developments. The long-term implications of decisions made based upon market study data can be a make or break for a project. Thus, extreme care must be taken to procure the most in-depth study possible and to pay close attention to the results.)

Cities Subsidize Ride-Sharing to Boost Transportation Connections

(RECAP: A recent American Public Transportation Association report on the relationship of ride to transit affirmed that ride-sharing increased the use of public transportation. The integration of ride-sharing services into municipal funding decisions holds the potential to be a low-cost way of boosting transportation investment and promoting regional integration.)

'Agrihood' appeal: Farm-centered communities growing in popularity among homebuyers

(RECAP: Late last year, the Santa Clara (CA) City Council chose to fund an agriculture-based, mixed-income development to tackle its affordable housing issues rather than cheaper alternatives.)

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