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Criticism of a Gas Station Proposed for the Philadelphia Waterfront
Blog 4 weeks ago
Criticism of a Gas Station Proposed for the Philadelphia Waterfront

Philadelphia Inquirer Architecture Critic Inga Saffron has noticed a trend with the development proposals originating from developer Bart Blatstein...

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Living in the Gentrified Version of Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Blog 4 weeks ago
Living in the Gentrified Version of Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Julie Lasky reports from Fort Green, a neighborhood located in the northwest of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City, which has undergone rapid...

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Detroit Tax Abatement Will Keep Senior Renters in Upscale Building
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Detroit Tax Abatement Will Keep Senior Renters in Upscale Building

"The City of Detroit is giving a $1.4-million tax subsidy to an apartment building owner to ensure special rent deals for about 45 low- and...

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Philadelphia Searching for New Affordable Housing Tools
Blog 1 month ago
Philadelphia Searching for New Affordable Housing Tools

"Philadelphia is trying to harness the booming real estate business to bankroll affordable housing," according to an article by Jake Blumgart....

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Pre-Fab Buildings to Ease the Housing Crisis
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Pre-Fab Buildings to Ease the Housing Crisis

Matt Levin reports on developments in modular housing and its potential to bring down construction costs for larger buildings. A manufacturer in...

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Office Development Fee to Fund Affordable Housing Approved in San Francisco
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Office Development Fee to Fund Affordable Housing Approved in San Francisco

"The increase in the one-time fees creates an additional $170 million for affordable housing, for a total of $385 million over the next five to...

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'Rental Assistance Demonstration' Program Evaluated
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'Rental Assistance Demonstration' Program Evaluated

Matthew Gerkin, Susan J. Popkin, and Christopher R. Hayes provide analysis of a recently released report that evaluated the Rental Assistance...

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Big Box Stores Leading the Shift to Renewable Energy
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Big Box Stores Leading the Shift to Renewable Energy

Bruce Horovitz reports that big box stores, not exactly known for environmental friendliness in terms of transportation and land use, have...

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A Theory of Gentrification—And Where It Goes Wrong
Blog 1 month ago
A Theory of Gentrification—And Where It Goes Wrong

In Capital City, a new book that promotes socialist solutions to New York City's housing crisis, Sam Stein focuses heavily on gentrification,...

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Luxury Condos, Not Luxury Single-Family Homes, Take the Blame in the Affordability Debate
Blog 1 month ago
Luxury Condos, Not Luxury Single-Family Homes, Take the Blame in the Affordability Debate

Natalie Bicknell provides some perspective in the ongoing debate about the impact of luxury housing on housing affordability in the Seattle real...

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Opinion: End the City Council Land Use Veto
Blog 1 month ago
Opinion: End the City Council Land Use Veto

An opinion piece by Alec Schierenbeck calls for an end to the councilmember's land use veto in New York City. "Under the City Council's...

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Engaging, Then Planning, for Equity
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Engaging, Then Planning, for Equity

With a portfolio of projects that spreads from the busiest streets of Los Angeles to the deserts at the eastern reaches of Southern California all...

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New York's Newest Neighborhood Also the Most Expensive
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New York's Newest Neighborhood Also the Most Expensive

"Hudson Yards has officially become the priciest neighborhood in New York City," reports Lizeth Beltran. Beltran is sharing the findings of a new...

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Sports-Related Development Transforming San Francisco's Waterfront South of Downtown
Blog 1 month ago
Sports-Related Development Transforming San Francisco's Waterfront South of Downtown

The San Francisco Giants have big plans for a slice of land currently occupied by a parking lot, located near the Oracle Park, directly across...

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Short-Term Rental Legalization Hangs on Zoning Changes in D.C.
Blog 1 month ago
Short-Term Rental Legalization Hangs on Zoning Changes in D.C.

Martin Austermuhle reports: "The D. C. Zoning Commission on Thursday night said it would wait at least a week before deciding whether to legalize...

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Neighborhood Responds as Gentrification Concerns Spread in Cincinnati
Blog 1 month ago
Neighborhood Responds as Gentrification Concerns Spread in Cincinnati

Residents of Cincinnati's Avondale are concerned that the neighborhood could be turning into the city's next Over-the-Rhine-a hip historic...

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As New Orleans Property Values Climb, Property Taxes Relief Considered
Blog 1 month ago
As New Orleans Property Values Climb, Property Taxes Relief Considered

"Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration is recommending trimming the city's tax rate in response to skyrocketing property values," reports Jeff...

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Condo Development Starts Construction in Philadelphia's Historic Jewelers Row
Blog 1 month ago
Condo Development Starts Construction in Philadelphia's Historic Jewelers Row

Inga Saffron reports on the final demise of Jewelers' Row in Philadelphia, the oldest diamond center in the United States: According to Saffron,...

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Scaling Up Co-Living With Adaptive Reuse
Blog 1 month ago
Scaling Up Co-Living With Adaptive Reuse

"A Chicago developer plans to bring 505 co-living residents to a 41-story Loop office tower, the largest communal living property ever proposed in...

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Minneapolis Debates Inclusionary Zoning
Blog 1 month ago
Minneapolis Debates Inclusionary Zoning

Jessica Lee reports: Opponents of inclusionary zoning are calling for the city to transition to a tax increment financing (TIF) system to raise...

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Leadership in Urban Planning, After Two Successful Stints as a Planning Director
Blog 1 month ago
Leadership in Urban Planning, After Two Successful Stints as a Planning Director

Peter Park embodies a special kind of eloquent and focused leadership, having served as planning director of two American cities at critical times...

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The Benefits of Transit to Real Estate Values
Blog 1 month ago
The Benefits of Transit to Real Estate Values

"Property values of residential and commercial buildings increase dramatically when located close to transit, according to a joint study from the...

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Ordinance Would Limit Chickens, Livestock in Chicago Residential Neighborhoods
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Ordinance Would Limit Chickens, Livestock in Chicago Residential Neighborhoods

A "pastoral tableau" has become more common in Chicago, "as sustainability-minded residents capitalize on Chicago's live-and-let-live approach to...

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Why the Poor Cannot Move: It's Not Just the (Official) Rent
Blog 1 month ago
Why the Poor Cannot Move: It's Not Just the (Official) Rent

I recently read Matthew Desmond's book Evicted; one of the author's more interesting observations is his suggestion that renters in poor...

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Development Momentum for the East Side of Dallas
Blog 2 months ago
Development Momentum for the East Side of Dallas

"Builders have broken ground for a new housing community on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas," reports Steve Brown. The new community is located...

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Smart Growth and Vehicle Travel Reductions
Blog 2 months ago
Smart Growth and Vehicle Travel Reductions

Many jurisdictions have targets to reduce vehicle miles of travel (VMT) and increase use of alternative modes (walking, cycling, public transit,...

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Revisiting the Resilience Metric—How Does it Relate to Sustainable Development?
Blog 2 months ago
Revisiting the Resilience Metric—How Does it Relate to Sustainable Development?

This is an update and expansion of a paper that I wrote in 2016, "A New Metric for Community Resilience," which presented an evidence-based index...

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Report Addresses Climate Change and Equity in New Orleans
Blog 2 months ago
Report Addresses Climate Change and Equity in New Orleans

A new climate action equity report from the city of New Orleans outlines strategies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions, writes Della...

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Is National Rent Control the Right Answer?
Blog 2 months ago
Is National Rent Control the Right Answer?

Kriston Capps takes a closer look at the rent control portion of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's tenants' rights bill, the A Place to...

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These Transit Agencies Want You to Build on Their Land
Blog 2 months ago
These Transit Agencies Want You to Build on Their Land

Public transit providers are struggling to make ends meet. Many agencies are in a vicious cycle: the increased use of ride-hailing and bike-sharing...

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