Affordable housing

Two Cheers for Cheap

In new urbanist circles, "cheap" is often a dirty word; for example, I recently noticed a reference to "cheap" suburbs in a blog.  I find this objectionable for two reasons.  First, in a nation where many regions suffer from insanely expensive housing projects, we should be striving for ch... read more »

The Onion Or San Francisco Chronicle? Hard To Tell The Difference

Today's headline: "S.F. Called Model For Affordable Housing." Really? The same San Francisco where the average house is worth over $800,000 (about eleven times the median household income)?  At first glance, the story seems at least as insane as any of the comedy stories on the Onion. ... read more »

Is New York really cheaper than Miami?

The Center for Neighborhood Technology recently issued a report suggesting that compact cities with high housing costs (such as New York or San Francisco) might actually be less expensive than otherwise cheaper but car-dependent areas such as South Florida and Southern California.  As provocati... read more »

a smaller deal than you think

There's been a lot of hubbub about the Bloomberg Administration's proposal to make city-owned land available for 275-square-foot apartments.  The city proposes to allow developers to build these "micro-units" and rent them for $2000 a unit.  If you read some of the comments in the press, y... read more »

Housing costs and centralization

In my limited experience, commentators who oppose regional land use regulations like urban growth boundaries (or at least worry about the impact of such regulations on housing costs) tend to favor keeping cities constrained within their 1950 boundaries, while people who favor such regulations t... read more »

LEED-ND and Affordable Neighborhoods

Click here to read a recent post by Kaid Benfield about planning for affordable housing and LEED-ND communities. The NRDC's Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant is an innovative way to combine good design with affordable housing. ... read more »

Boston's Asian CDC Brings Urban Vision, Fun, and Affordability to Chinatown

Every summer, Boston’s Asian Community Development Corporation has been hosting an informal grassroots Asian film festival in a vacant lot near the city’s Chinatown Gate. ... read more »

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania gives top Commonwealth Award to Looney Ricks Kiss's Florin Hill

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, an organization promoting smart growth policies and development in the state, has announced the winner of its 2009 Charter Awards. ... read more »

Obama administration announces cabinet-level partnership for sustainable communities

This is awesome. Here is an excerpt from yesterday’s joint press release: ... read more »

Urbanist, or just urban? A community coming together in East Hollywood

I spend what is probably way too much time pondering whether there is a difference between "urbanist" and "urban," and whether there should be. ... read more »