Category: Real Estate

New Contest Seeks to Find Affordable, Creative Solutions to Housing

One US city is hoping to incentivize developers to build affordable housing by opening a contest looking for creative ideas for affordable housing. The prize? Free land to test their idea.

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How expensive is housing in your community?

Housing is top of mind in many communities across the country. Access to affordable housing, commute times from residential centers to employer centers, types of housing available, and more all play a role in the attractiveness of your community and the ability of your workforce to easily access jobs.

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Housing is Becoming Unaffordable Outside of Major Metros Too

We’ve all heard about unaffordable housing in San Francisco or Los Angeles, but housing unaffordability is making its way to smaller towns, affecting both homeowners and renters.

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Which is Better: Place-Based Policies or People-Based Policies?

Research finds merit in both place-based policies, economic policy that improves the economy of a location, and people-based policies, economic policy that helps people move to more prosperous areas with better jobs and quality of life. But which is more effective?

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New Nonprofit Uses Popup Public Spaces to Revitalize Dead Downtowns

A Boston nonprofit is trying to bring back energy and life to empty downtowns by transforming vacant storefronts into public spaces. 

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Why Economic Developers Should Defend Real Estate Developers

Economic developers need to teach communities the value of high-quality development and stress that new development is more cost-effective and equitable for residents in the long-term.

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New Density Report Highlights Where Jobs Are and Aren’t Clustering in the US

The trend for the past decade has been for jobs to cluster in already dense urban areas, even more so than researchers expected. What does this mean for suburban and rural communities?

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Affordable Housing Fight in Connecticut Sees No End in Sight

A deep dive into attempts to build affordable housing in wealthy Connecticut towns reveals a long history of exclusionary zoning.

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Proposals for Affordable Housing and Challenges to Zoning Create a Stir in Silicon Valley

It’s no secret that housing is scarce and expensive in the Bay Area, but how does that affect Silicon Valley’s only affordable neighborhood? Controversy is surrounding one Silicon Valley community, East Palo Alto, after California’s SB 50 Housing bill passed its second committee hearing.

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NIMBY Tactics of Blocking New Development is More Harmful Than Helpful

Communities seeking to curb new housing developments and gentrification will often engage in traditional NIMBY tactics, which actually exacerbates change, drives up rents, and leads to displacement.

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