November 16, 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.

Lecture: Highland Park Senior Apartments: Balancing Energy Efficiency, Historic and Affordable Housing Preservation

(RECAP: On Dec. 15, 2016, learn how this recently renovated 77-unit project utilized Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) as well as state and federal Historic Tax Credits to bring new life to the old Highland Park Public School.)

Coming Soon: Policy Strategy Guide Around Housing and Schools

(RECAP: Since 2014, Housing Virginia has been a leader in the conversation surrounding the connection between housing and schools in Virginia. As a new phase of their policy research and work begins, Housing Virginia will soon release a strategy guide for localities that want to start a dialogue about the connection between housing and school policies in their own community.)

Post office alley could become a public plaza

(RECAP: Warrenton officials have begun to explore an idea for improving a blocked alley next to the Main Street post office. The vision includes a “plaza” with landscaping, lights and benches, along a walkway that would link the street to parking lots behind the red brick building, constructed in 1916.)

When Planners and Engineers Team Up, Everybody Wins

(RECAP: For complex projects, bringing a master plan to life demands more than just a bold conceptual vision. It also requires a firm grounding in the technical details of a site, an area where planners and engineers must work together to achieve success. Collaboration helps promote public buy-in by ensuring the master plan addresses environmental, public health, and traffic concerns.)

The First Principles of Urbanism: Part II

(RECAP: The future of cities depends on how quickly the public sector can integrate technology, not on how quickly entrepreneurs and firms can innovate. If we want cities to win the 21st century, it turns out urbanists had all better learn to speak technology— soon. But it also turns out that if technologists want to make cities better, rather than just different, they need to learn to speak urbanism as well.)

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