A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.
(RECAP: Housing Virginia has begun developing a directory of rural housing and service providers by region with data provided by the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Click here to see the first publication of the directory. If you’d like to update or add an entry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the information you would like added to a finalized digital version to be uploaded to Housing Virginia’s website.)
Housing Virginia: Directory of Rural Housing & Service Providers
City of Falls Church Moves Forward with Play Streets Program(RECAP: The City officially sanctioned the program as an opportunity for residents to get outside, making streets playgrounds. Stephanie Rogers, the program’s coordinator, said that “streets are for everybody, not just cars.)
What Is A Yimby?(RECAP: Nimbyism, which is an acronym for “not in my backyard,” has become the routine resistance against new construction in America. Now there is a backlash to these arguments. Over the last few years, a host of self-described “Yimby” organizations (“yes in my backyard”) have popped up in different cities where the housing prices are highest and the anti-development sentiment is strongest.)
Affordable Housing is the Glue that Holds Everything Together(RECAP: Former HUD secretaries Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez call for a LIHTC expansion. Responding to the need for more affordable rental homes is a critical national priority. It’s becomes doubly important when the health and well-being of so many older adults are at stake.)
(RECAP: Gentrification presents both challenges and opportunities for planners. Smart policies that can take advantage of HUD tools such as the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule and Community Development Block Grants, however, can begin to capture the gains that change brings and create “equitable gentrification.”)
Managing Community Change: A Dialogue on Gentrification