Affordability

Suburbia Not Always Cheaper

A story from a coworker of mine: Mr. X (the coworker) and his family move from Queens to Long Island to take advantage of the allegedly better public schools.  As a  result, they are able to save money by pulling their children out of Catholic school.  Were they better off?  Appa... read more »

The Problem With The "Induced Demand" Theory of New Housing

I was arguing with an acquaintance about New York's sky-high rents, and he made an interesting argument: he suggested that new luxury housing actually makes prices higher, by making the city more desirable to the wealthy and thus encouraging them to bid up housing prices.  In other words, the l... read more »

Getting serious about affordable housing

When I was at the New Partners for Smart Growth conference in Kansas City, I saw a speaker argue that walkability increases property values (a proposition I'm not taking a position on, at least not in this blog post).   When someone asked about affordability, he suggested inclusionary zoni... read more »

"Quality of Life"- A Term With Lots of Meanings

I am in the middle of Jeff Speck's Walkable City, and noticed his statement that walkable cities "provide a better quality of life." (p. 70).  But when I lived in car-oriented cities like Jacksonville and Atlanta, I talked to more than one ex-northerner who said they preferred the "quality of l... read more »

Re imagining the SRO as an affordable housing type

Reading Eric Kleinenberg's latest book Going Solo has a new relevance for New Urbanism and links directly to CNU 20.  In an increasingly urbanized world how do we provide for our most neglected populations: the single and homeless?It was gratifying to read Kelinenberg's focus on a new innovati... read more »

Ed Glaeser’s vision of the “bright urban future”

“Knowledge is more important than space,” Harvard Prof. Ed Glaeser told an SRO audience at the Friday morning plenary of CNU 19. And that, he added, is the story of cities writ small. ... read more »

#CNU18 CNU's other rock star: HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan brings them to their feet

David Byrne, move over. There's room for more than one rock star at this Congress. ... read more »

How where we live affects how much we drive and what we can afford, illustrated

The Urban Land Institute has produced a remarkable report that examines in depth how where we live affects how much we drive, and consequently how much we must spend on transportation and housing. ... read more »

Video perspective: Emily Talen on affordability

Arizona State University professor Emily Talen, who heads CNU's affordability initiative, talks about the challenges of creating quality housing, neighborhoods, and communities that are also affordab ... read more »