January 12, 2017

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Preview Housing Virginia’s New Web Tool: Mapbook

(RECAP: Housing Virginia previewed a new web-based tool at the Governor’s Housing Conference. MAPBOOK will use both ArcGIS Story Maps and Tableau data visualizations to tell the story of affordable housing across the state. As a companion to SOURCEBOOK and PLAYBOOK, MAPBOOK will provide a visual way to tell the story of affordable housing in your community. Housing Virginia began MAPBOOK plans several months ago and expects to launch the product mid-2017.)

The Wave Of Green Financing Will Continue In 2017

(RECAP: 2016 saw an unprecedented boom in multifamily green financing. Offering meaningful finance rate discounts, these green loan programs are expected to pick up steam in 2017.)

Mapping the Value of Neighborhood 'Character'

(RECAP: Is historic preservation a friend or foe of affordability? That depends on where you’re looking. A new set of maps from the National Trust for Historic Preservation contributes a data-driven perspective to this complex issue.)

Urbanism Themes -- 2016 And Beyond

(RECAP: 2016 may be the year we recognize that urban revitalization is no longer the exception, but the rule. Today, as high housing costs have put increasing pressure on city neighborhoods of all types, we're seeing a recalibration of the revitalization thought process.)

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