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Op-Ed: Good Design Isn't Just for Downtowns
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Op-Ed: Good Design Isn't Just for Downtowns

Richard Driehaus, better known as the man behind the Driehaus Architecture Prize, also bestows the Driehaus Awards for Architectural Excellence In...

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20-20-20: Montreal Sets New Goals for Inclusionary Zoning
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20-20-20: Montreal Sets New Goals for Inclusionary Zoning

"Starting in 2021, developers in Montreal will be required by law to set aside 20 per cent of new housing units for social housing, 20 per cent for...

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For Lack of Free Parking, Downtown San Jose Loses a Grocery Store
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For Lack of Free Parking, Downtown San Jose Loses a Grocery Store

Safeway is shutting down its grocery store in downtown San Jose, reports George Avalos. A company memo said the store would close on June 14, and...

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East Village Rezoning Falls Short on Affordable Housing
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East Village Rezoning Falls Short on Affordable Housing

According to a report by the Cooper Square Committee, Caroline Spivack writes, voluntary inclusionary housing incentives packaged with a 2008...

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Amazon Donates $3 Million for Housing in Northern Virginia
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Amazon Donates $3 Million for Housing in Northern Virginia

Robert McCartney reports: "Amazon will donate $3 million to support affordable housing in Arlington County and, in a separate venture, will help...

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Advocating for Upzoning in Two of New York's Wealthiest Neighborhoods
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Advocating for Upzoning in Two of New York's Wealthiest Neighborhoods

If the pro-housing development organization Open New York had its way, a draft rezoning of the neighborhoods of NoHo and SoHo in Manhattan would...

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'Landmark' Rent Protections Deal Moving Forward in New York
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'Landmark' Rent Protections Deal Moving Forward in New York

Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Jesse McKinley, and Vivian Wang report: "Newly empowered Democratic leaders in Albany announced a landmark agreement on Tuesday...

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Beyond YIMBY: Racism and Finance in the Housing Crisis
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Beyond YIMBY: Racism and Finance in the Housing Crisis

Whether or not blanket upzoning policies, like California's recently quashed SB 50, would address the state's housing affordability crisis is a...

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Do Denser Neighborhoods Have Safer Streets?
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Do Denser Neighborhoods Have Safer Streets?

Traffic collisions are one of the leading causes of death, physical injury, and property damages in the United States. Although more than ten...

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Designing Hopes for the In-between Spaces
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Designing Hopes for the In-between Spaces

Jake Blumgart details the work of the architecture firm ISA, which designs "a new generation of uniquely Philadelphian homes […] as architects...

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Happy Hour: A Beer for Every Neighborhood
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Happy Hour: A Beer for Every Neighborhood

"Pittsburgh's East End Brewing Co. plans to put up 92 different cans of beer - one named for each city neighborhood, reports Bob Batz. The brewery,...

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Atlanta Pop-Up Studio Brings Urban Designers into the Community
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Atlanta Pop-Up Studio Brings Urban Designers into the Community

Adina Solomon reports on the work of the Atlanta City Studio, a pop-up storefront staffed by urban designers: The studio started in 2016 at the...

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LEED Spells Rent Premiums in D.C.
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LEED Spells Rent Premiums in D.C.

The Washington, D. C. Office of Revenue Analysis recently published a study of the effects of LEED buildings in the District, generally considered...

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Report: Housing Construction Not Meeting Middle Class Needs
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Report: Housing Construction Not Meeting Middle Class Needs

The Urban Land Institute's (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing and real estate consulting firm RCLCO released a new report exploring the "shortage...

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How, and Where, Land Use Regulations Block Multi-Family Housing in the Boston Region
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How, and Where, Land Use Regulations Block Multi-Family Housing in the Boston Region

"Thanks to a thicket of zoning rules, the suburban communities of Greater Boston have lots of ways to make it difficult to build apartments and...

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Property Transfer Taxes Gain Traction as Cities Search for Ways to Address Homelessness
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Property Transfer Taxes Gain Traction as Cities Search for Ways to Address Homelessness

Emily Deruy reports on the effort to find new revenue for funding homeless programs in San Jose, California. The real property transfer tax would...

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Soccer Stadium Development Opposition Grows to a Neighborhood-Level Movement
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Soccer Stadium Development Opposition Grows to a Neighborhood-Level Movement

"Cincinnati community members are rallying together to create a response to new building developments throughout the city," reports Ambriehl...

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YIMBYs Leading the Pro-Density Fight
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YIMBYs Leading the Pro-Density Fight

Philip Kiefer traces the path Minneapolis took to passage of a plan last year that eliminates single-family zoning in the city. A city council...

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Does Oakland Have a Future as a Public City?
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Does Oakland Have a Future as a Public City?

Mitchell Schwarzer takes a closer look at the development history of Oakland, California, through its various booms-starting in the 1920s, then in...

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Research: Financial Practices Partly Responsible for the Rental Affordability Crisis
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Research: Financial Practices Partly Responsible for the Rental Affordability Crisis

Michael Reher writes to reveal an underappreciated factor in the rental housing affordability crisis in the United States: changing financing...

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Plans for TOD Housing at Berkeley BART Station
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Plans for TOD Housing at Berkeley BART Station

Berkeley, California, wants to be proactive about transit-oriented development around the Bay Area Rapid Transit station in North Berkeley, reports...

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How Wealthy Suburbs Block Outsiders From Economic Opportunity
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How Wealthy Suburbs Block Outsiders From Economic Opportunity

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas explores Connecticut for lessons in how wealthy suburbs surround themselves "with invisible walls to block affordable...

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Eleven Units of Affordable Housing Coming to S.F. Bay Area Suburb
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Eleven Units of Affordable Housing Coming to S.F. Bay Area Suburb

Joe Garofoli reports that the wealthy San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Danville has plans for a 144-unit apartment building, the town's largest...

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Rent Control for New York City Could Spillover Effect to the Rest of the State
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Rent Control for New York City Could Spillover Effect to the Rest of the State

Tom Precious reports on concern that the state of New York is applying a city of New York solution when it comes to rent control. "New York City's...

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Philadelphia Could Hit the Brakes on Housing
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Philadelphia Could Hit the Brakes on Housing

"There is little doubt that Philadelphia's relentless housing boom (fueled by the 10-year property tax abatement) has run roughshod over some...

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Zoning Changes Produce Quick Development Results in a Colorado Town
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Zoning Changes Produce Quick Development Results in a Colorado Town

Longmont, Colorado is described as a traditionally rural community, currently challenged by quick growth and booming real estate costs. To keep up...

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Report: Many More Apartments Needed in and Around Columbus
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Report: Many More Apartments Needed in and Around Columbus

Jim Weiker and Megan Henry share details of a new report that calls for thousands of new housing units in central Ohio. "About 15,000 new...

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'Fairbnb' Attempts to Right the Wrongs of Short-Term Rentals
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'Fairbnb' Attempts to Right the Wrongs of Short-Term Rentals

Short-term rentals have exacerbated the affordability of housing in neighborhoods all over the country, according to researchers, and have also...

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No Region Approves and Builds Apartments Like Dallas-Forth Worth
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No Region Approves and Builds Apartments Like Dallas-Forth Worth

"More than 37,000 new rental units are in the works in the Dallas-Fort Worth area," reports Steve Brown. That figure means the North Texas region...

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Analyzing Lynch's City Imageability in the Digital Age
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Analyzing Lynch's City Imageability in the Digital Age

Kevin Lynch-whose 100th birthday we celebrated in 2018-introduced the idea of a city's imageability, or the quality of the city elements that...

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