February 15, 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.

#LoveThatLot: Show your love for revitalization projects!

(RECAP: Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Why not celebrate it by sending Valentine love to your favorite revitalization projects and community champions?)

HUD Launches Eligibility Tool for Housing Counseling Agencies

(RECAP: HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling recently announced the launch of a new tool that allows organizations to determine if they meet the basic requirements to apply to become a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency.)

How Immersive Virtual Reality Can Be a Boon to City Planners

(RECAP: The American Society of Landscape Architects calls virtual reality (VR) a “powerful tool for anyone involved in designing our built and natural environments.” The immersive nature of VR, which allows viewers to encounter a simulated 3-D landscape from multiple points of view, can be a boon to city planners. They can use it to redraw streets and neighborhoods, offering real and imagined views of existing and proposed developments.)

Top 10 Ways to Make Your Planning Commission More Relevant in Your Community

(RECAP: To avoid being seen as “just part of the system,” or even worse, as a group that simply interferes with progress, here are 10 ways to solidify your planning commission’s significant and demonstrable bearing on your community.)

Combining Policy and a Vision to Enable the Rebirth of Struggling Neighborhoods

(RECAP: The value of preventing and rapidly addressing abandonment and the net budgetary gain from a strong code enforcement department is clear. The visionary and future-focused element of the work, however, can be easily overlooked when removing problems rather than creating something new.)

Want to join the CFPB’s advisory board and councils?

(RECAP: In the fall of 2017, seven seats on the Consumer Advisory Board, two seats on the Community Bank Advisory Council and six seats on the Credit Union Advisory Council will become available. The deadline to apply is March 1.)

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