• Why we should take suburban poverty seriously

    As low-income people migrate further out to the suburban fringe, they become more isolated from services and transportation, according to a report by CNU focused on Seattle.
    Like most of America, the Seattle region is experiencing rising poverty in its suburbs. From 2005 to 2015, the suburban poverty rate grew by 29.7 percent in the Puget Sound region, a rise that is more than double that of the central city. At the same time, the total number of people in poverty in...Read more
  • St. Joseph Oakland Terraza Palmera

    Harmony of old and new delivers affordable housing

    An Oakland redevelopment shows how urban design and historic preservation can support a social agenda.
    A rare combination of National Historic Landmark buildings and infill a fordable housing, the St. Joseph’s Redevelopment transforms a dilapidated former convent and convalescent home into a mixed-use asset for a distressed Oakland, California, neighborhood. The physical pattern of St. Joseph's, the...Read more
  • Music at Wyandanch Plaza

    Transforming a distressed Long Island community

    Two mixed-use buildings face a new square with fountains and activities like ice skating and concerts, forming the core of Long Island's first major transit-oriented development.
    The center of Wyandanch, New York, was until recently a sea of parking among fading commercial strip businesses in the middle of an economically distressed community on Long Island. Now, two mixed-use buildings face a new square with fountains and activities like ice skating and concerts, forming...Read more
  • Blue Water workforce housing, Florida

    Innovative design for affordable housing

    Blue Water workforce housing on Tavernier Key, Florida, created a system that of density that fits into the surrounding one- and two-story fabric.
    Dignified affordable housing that matches the quality and character of market-rate housing—without breaking the bank—is desperately needed across America. One of the most acute shortages is found in the Florida Keys, where restrictive growth management has resulted in very few affordable units...Read more