Category: Urban Planning

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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Amazon Investing in Affordable Housing Near HQ2 Campus in Virginia

Amazon is pledging $20 million to Arlington County’s Affordable Housing Investment Fund as part of the HQ2 deal it reached with the County earlier this year.

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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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Research Finds Startups Cluster Around Transit

New research examines five startup hubs, two without many transitoptions, two with decent transit, and one with extensive transit, and find that public transit stops are not only useful for moving people around, but also promote job creation.

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How to Make Cities Work for Everyone

Cities are increasingly catering to wealthy, college-educated workers and their millennial preferences over the needs of people of color and families, but we can take steps to make cities more diverse and family-friendly.

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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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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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Experiments in Green Infrastructure and Economic Resilience

Multiple cities across the US are experimenting with initiatives that promote green infrastructure and workforce development in low-income communities to find ways to make these communities more resilient.

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