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Pilot Program Will Legalize Basement Apartments in East New York
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Pilot Program Will Legalize Basement Apartments in East New York

The New York City Council voted to approve the pilot program this week for the area defined by Brooklyn's Community Board 5. The pilot program will...

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Citywide Housing Strategy Launched in Cincinnati
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Citywide Housing Strategy Launched in Cincinnati

Lucy May reports on efforts in Cincinnati to address the regional shortage of affordable housing. "Hamilton County needs roughly 40,000 more units...

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Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Proposed in Oak Park, Illinois
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Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance Proposed in Oak Park, Illinois

"The Oak Park [Illinois] Village Board is reviewing several staff recommendations for an inclusionary zoning ordinance, which is aimed at bringing...

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Research Casts Doubt on the Economic Development Clout of Streetcar Investments
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Research Casts Doubt on the Economic Development Clout of Streetcar Investments

A study designed to inform cities considering streetcars as a form of economic development catalyst finds inconsistent results. "Cities considering...

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Cheaper, Easier Affordable Housing Development Proposed in San Francisco
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Cheaper, Easier Affordable Housing Development Proposed in San Francisco

"San Francisco Mayor London Breed is readying legislation to eliminate thousands of dollars in fees the city charges when 100 percent affordable...

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Property Tax Relief for Longtime, Low-Income Residents of Gentrifying Neighborhoods
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Property Tax Relief for Longtime, Low-Income Residents of Gentrifying Neighborhoods

"With an eye toward easing the tax burden on New Orleanians who live in neighborhoods where recent renovations have sharply pushed up the value of...

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What the Green New Deal Means for Planning
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What the Green New Deal Means for Planning

As reported late last week by Planetizen correspondent Irvin Dawid, Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N. Y.)...

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Mega-Project Moves Forward in Hollywood
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Mega-Project Moves Forward in Hollywood

"The Los Angeles City Council granted its approval [in January] of a vast new project that will include glassy towers with more than 900 new units...

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The Racial Complexities of Gentrification in L.A.
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The Racial Complexities of Gentrification in L.A.

Ludwig Hurtado writes about the phenomenon of "gentefication" - when Latino neighborhoods are gentrified not by affluent white people, but by young...

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Study: Housing Vouchers Fuel Racial Segregation
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Study: Housing Vouchers Fuel Racial Segregation

Families using federal housing vouchers are funneled to low-income, racially segregated neighborhoods even when affordable homes are available in ...

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Inclusionary Zoning to Fund Workforce Housing, But for Hotel Developments
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Inclusionary Zoning to Fund Workforce Housing, But for Hotel Developments

"The Portland City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to require hotel developers either to build low-income housing, or pay a fee to the city,"...

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$4 Billion Mixed-Use Development Opens in Miami
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$4 Billion Mixed-Use Development Opens in Miami

The Miami Worldcenter mega-development is in the progress of opening its doors to the public, as the 444-unit CAOBA residential component of the...

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Can Upzoning Increase Housing Supply and Affordability?
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Can Upzoning Increase Housing Supply and Affordability?

According to economic theory, an efficient and fair market must respond to consumer demands (called "consumer sovereignty"), so if the number of...

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Historic Preservation And High Rents
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Historic Preservation And High Rents

I was having an online chat about historic preservation in a listserv, and someone argued that an undistinguished-looking 1930s building should be...

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Huntington Beach Sues California Over 2017 By-Right Affordable Housing Bill

Gov. Gavin Newsom made good on his tough talk to increase housing and hold cities accountable for failing to meet state housing goals by directing...

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10-Story Apartment Project Tests the Limits of Minneapolis' New Comprehensive Plan

"A Twin Cities developer wants to build a 10-story apartment building in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis that’s expected to test the scope...

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$1 Billion Mixed-Use Complex Halts Construction in L.A.

"Construction on Oceanwide Plaza, one of the biggest real estate development projects in downtown Los Angeles, has stalled in what may be a...

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Silicon Valley Tech Community Commits $500 Million to Fund Housing Crisis

"A group of San Francisco Bay Area philanthropists has pledged to spend half a billion dollars to protect and expand affordable housing in the...

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Portland Throwing its Pioneering Neighborhood System Under the Bus

The city of Portland, Oregon is not shy about touting its past urban achievements—among them revitalized buildings and neighborhoods, parks and...

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Easing the Tax Burden of Commercial Renters in Manhattan

"More Manhattan businesses would be exempt from the commercial rent tax under a new City Council bill that aims to ease the financial burden on mom...

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Property Tax Relief on the Table for Pittsburgh's Developing Neighborhoods

Ashley Murray reports: "Longtime homeowners in Pittsburgh’s rapidly developing neighborhoods could get protection from increasing property taxes...

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Detroit Property Values Soar, Finally

"Residential property values in 2018 rose in more than 90 percent of Detroit’s 194 neighborhoods," reports Jennifer Chambers. Detroit Mayor Mike...

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'Housing Now' Initiative Takes Shape in Toronto

Lauren Pelley reports on the latest developments in Toronto Mayor John Tory's Housing Now initiative. Controversy looms, according to Pelley, as...

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Landlords Owe NYC $1.5 Billion for Building Code Violations
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Landlords Owe NYC $1.5 Billion for Building Code Violations

Landlords Owe NYC $1.5 Billion for Building Code Violations

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Seattle's Residents Pick Funding for Streets, Park Projects
Blog 10 months ago
Seattle's Residents Pick Funding for Streets, Park Projects

Seattle's Residents Pick Funding for Streets, Park Projects

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$489.6 Million Redevelopment of Former Sports Stadium Breaks Ground in D.C.
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$489.6 Million Redevelopment of Former Sports Stadium Breaks Ground in D.C.

$489.6 Million Redevelopment of Former Sports Stadium Breaks Ground in D.C.

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More Housing, Less Homelessness
Blog 11 months ago
More Housing, Less Homelessness

More Housing, Less Homelessness

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Montgomery County, Maryland Updates Inclusionary Housing Requirements
Blog 11 months ago
Montgomery County, Maryland Updates Inclusionary Housing Requirements

Montgomery County, Maryland Updates Inclusionary Housing Requirements

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Maryland Highway Plan Would Destroy Affordable Housing, Displace Low-Income Residents
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Maryland Highway Plan Would Destroy Affordable Housing, Displace Low-Income Residents

Maryland Highway Plan Would Destroy Affordable Housing, Displace Low-Income Residents

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