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Tricky Planning Politics for New York's Sunnyside Yard Mega-Project
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Tricky Planning Politics for New York's Sunnyside Yard Mega-Project

"A team of city planners and consultants is two-thirds through an 18-month master planning process for what could be a megadevelopment on the...

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Plano, Texas Scraps its Growth Plan After Years of Litigation
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Plano, Texas Scraps its Growth Plan After Years of Litigation

"Plano City Hall, at war for more than three years with a group of residents fed up with their community's rapid growth, has set a vote for later...

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On Rural America's Selective Housing Shortage
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On Rural America's Selective Housing Shortage

"It may be hard to believe, given the region's overall population decline, cheap labor, and abundant land, but parts of rural America are...

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Report: Lack of Apartments Contributes to the Housing Affordability Crisis
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Report: Lack of Apartments Contributes to the Housing Affordability Crisis

A new working paper [pdf] byJenny Schuetz, from the Brookings Institution, Metropolitan Policy Program, and Cecile Murray, from the University of...

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The Underappreciated Role of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in Access to Affordable Housing
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The Underappreciated Role of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in Access to Affordable Housing

Michael Stegman, housing policy researcher for multiple think tank and education institutions, writes about the role of government-sponsored...

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Portland Development Map Focuses Around the Urban
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Portland Development Map Focuses Around the Urban

Construction is underway on about 60 developments valued at $10 million or more in the city of Portland. Eliot Njus reports on the city's...

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Chicago Coffee Shops Breaking Social and Economic Ground on the South Side
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Chicago Coffee Shops Breaking Social and Economic Ground on the South Side

Cafes on Chicago's South Side play an important role in neighborhoods beyond just offering coffee and food. They provide safe and accessible places...

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Land Grant Universities and the Community
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Land Grant Universities and the Community

Stephen M. Gavazzi, co-author of the book Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good, writes an article to...

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Climate Crisis, Housing Crisis on a Collision Course
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Climate Crisis, Housing Crisis on a Collision Course

Joshua Emerson Smith locates the intersection of the competing dynamics of dual crises, of climate and housing, in the region of San Diego: The San...

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An Affordable Housing Plan Takes Shape in Atlanta
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An Affordable Housing Plan Takes Shape in Atlanta

"The plan builds on the work of HouseATL, a group of public and private housing developers and advocates who released a plan for Mayor Bottoms's...

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Numerous Development Subsidies Approved, Despite Controversy, in Cincinnati
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Numerous Development Subsidies Approved, Despite Controversy, in Cincinnati

Nick Swartsell reports on a glut of development subsidies approved by the Cincinnati City Council earlier this week, ranging from an adaptive reuse...

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A New Neighborhood Plan for Staten Island's Bat Street Corridor
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A New Neighborhood Plan for Staten Island's Bat Street Corridor

The New York City Council approved the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan after years of work in the borough of Staten Island, according to a...

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A New Neighborhood Plan for Staten Island's Bay Street Corridor
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A New Neighborhood Plan for Staten Island's Bay Street Corridor

The New York City Council approved the Bay Street Corridor Neighborhood Plan after years of work in the borough of Staten Island, according to a...

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Walkable Neighborhoods Benefit Property Values
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Walkable Neighborhoods Benefit Property Values

Walkable areas are more prosperous than non-walkable areas in cities, according to the "Foot Traffic Ahead," report. The connection between density...

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Rent Freezes Spread Across Southern California
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Rent Freezes Spread Across Southern California

David Wagner reports from Culver City, California, after the city took steps to enact a temporary rent freeze as a first step toward enacting a...

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Crowdfunding for Affordable Housing
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Crowdfunding for Affordable Housing

Seattle-based Bellwether Housing has launched the "Building Opportunity Fund" described as the nation's first crowdsourced affordable housing fund,...

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'Yes in My Back Yard Act' Introduced in the U.S. Senate
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'Yes in My Back Yard Act' Introduced in the U.S. Senate

A press release from the office of U. S. Senator Todd Young announced the introduction of the "Yes In My Back Yard Act" [pdf] late last week,...

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Strong Reactions to New York Rent Control Changes
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Strong Reactions to New York Rent Control Changes

Earlier in June, the New York State Legislature passed a law allowing local governments to pass new rent control regulations, in a decision that...

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Google Expanding in Austin
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Google Expanding in Austin

Shonda Novak reports that Google has signed two major leases that signify an effort to establish a larger footprint in the city of Austin, Texas,...

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HUD Says Dallas Owes Millions for Mismanaging Housing Funds
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HUD Says Dallas Owes Millions for Mismanaging Housing Funds

"As the result of a scathing audit released this week, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has warned Dallas City Hall it could...

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Investment Money Cornering the Real Estate Market
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Investment Money Cornering the Real Estate Market

Ben Casselman and Conor Daugherty write of "exploding investor interest" in starter homes. All that Wall Street capital flooding into the real...

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Community Composting Network Launching in Philadelphia
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Community Composting Network Launching in Philadelphia

"Philadelphia plans to create a city-wide network of up to 25 composting sites designed to reduce food waste and create organic soil for residents...

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Proposed Law Would Require Community Benefits Negotiations for 'High Impact' Projects in Philadelphia
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Proposed Law Would Require Community Benefits Negotiations for 'High Impact' Projects in Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke recently introduced legislation that would mandate community a benefits agreements process...

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Sea Ranch's Changing Architectural Vision
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Sea Ranch's Changing Architectural Vision

Diana Ketcham writes about the past and present of the Sea Ranch, a development on a remote stretch of Northern California coastline that started...

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Mayor Wants to Eliminate Height Limits Near Transit in San Diego
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Mayor Wants to Eliminate Height Limits Near Transit in San Diego

"San Diego would wipe out height limits for apartment and condominium projects built near transit lines under a new proposal from Mayor Kevin...

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St. Paul's 20-Year Comp Plan Heads for the Final Stretch
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St. Paul's 20-Year Comp Plan Heads for the Final Stretch

Frederick Melo reports on the details of the new 20-year comprehensive plan for St. Paul, under consideration at a series of public meetings this...

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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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