September 29, 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.

The Area Median Income (AMI), explained

(RECAP: There are a number of programs used to create affordable housing, including housing vouchers, inclusionary zoning, low-income housing tax credits and public housing. Each of these programs uses a central statistic—the area median income—to determine whether families are eligible for the program. This explainer focuses on how the AMI is calculated and what it means for affordable housing in the region.)

Innovations in Planning and Public Engagement for Community Resilience

(RECAP: In addition to helping communities make rebuilding decisions after natural disasters, it is also the job of the planner to inform community members and leaders of the consequences of the choices they make. Planners also play a vital role in ensuring that the best science and technical information are conveyed in ways that raise the level of awareness of residents and develop a culture of preparedness.)

For Quick Housing Data, Hit Craigslist

(RECAP: A new paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research analyzed 11 million Craigslist rental listings across the U.S. and found a treasure trove of information on regional and local housing trends. "Being able to track rental listings data from Craigslist is really useful for urban planners to take the pulse of [changing neighborhoods] much more quickly,” says Geoff Boeing, a researcher at University of California at Berkeley’s Urban Analytics Lab. Here are a couple of big takeaways.) 

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