Developer Wit Dream: Save The Planet By Killing Zoning. Good Joke!

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Zoning laws were developed to prevent anybody, including builders, from building just anything anywhere. Reasonable enough to prevent housing next to health-endangering industry, and to build buildings to basic...

Dallas Highrise Residential Parking: An Affordable Housing Burden?

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At affordablehousingaction.org we've not been overly impressed by the blanket condemnation of zoning bylaws by the housing industry. NIMBY neighbourhood attitudes, perfectly understandable, have become a convenient 'fall guy'...

Bureaucracy Loves The Pros Though They Won’t Fix Housing Affordability

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Bureaucrats must sigh with relief when one of the half-dozen or so major homebuilders the United Kingdom walk through the door with a project proposal. The same sentiment is undoubtedly...

Protective Knights or Obstructionist Villains? City Councils Attack Affordability Crises

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These days, city governments must work to balance the demands of residents of all stripes, from the comfortable and complacent to the needy and struggling. They are forced to...

A Crisis Of Shoes, Ships Or Sealing Wax? Florida Housing Money Can Fix It

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In a time of growing housing crises, what possesses a state legislature to use its housing trust fund as a reserve to tackle other urgent matters, not once but...

California ADUs: A Step In The Right Direction . . . But, A Baby Step?

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A state with particularly serious housing problems, California is exploring as many ways as possible to increase a supply of affordable housing. California, as well as several other states, have...

Tory Solution For UK Housing Sickness: Take Two Storeys And Call Us In The Morning

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What might those most concerned about affordable housing have expected from the recent Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, held in the shadow of a crash-out Brexit powered by a...

Little But Lip Service To Liberal Ideals Sinks Local UK Government Reputations

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What are conservatives actually conserving? Some hold the idea that conservatives are conserving endearing and enduring values of liberalism.If you can handle all the flips and flops and mixups...

Markham Ontario: Affordable Housing Says Who?

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A series of councillor exchanges reported from Markham, a satellite city of Toronto, add up to nothing much on their surface. The subject is about a set of 'back-to-back...

Why Can’t California Super-Government Pass Affordable Housing Crisis Bills?

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In California, the Democratic Party owns veto-resistant super-majorities in both houses of congress, together with the governorship. American governments just don't get any more powerful than this! And yet, faced...

Council’s Affordable Housing Duplicity: You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

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So we're shining the sweat-inducing perp spotlight on some badly behaving city council. Which one, in which country? Consider this a blanket indictment of too many municipal councils facing affordable...

Why The Affordable Housing Crisis Has No ‘Piece of Cake’ Solutions

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The National Review article that follows points to a very useful, if somewhat despair-inducing laundry list of planning considerations that may come to bear on a particular municipal housing...

Paid Up Home In 3, Not 30, Years? How Does A Co-op Trailer Park Sound?

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Public funding, foundation grants, sweat equity, donated land, land trusts, all these and more play a part these days in attempts to piece together affordable housing projects aimed at...

This Year, Will Florida Keep Its Grubby Little Hands Out Of The Affordable Housing Cookie Jar?

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In April of last year, we published a story about the Florida State Legislature's woeful record of plundering its affordable housing trust fund for a succession of apparently much...

Manteca Councillors Play Hamlet, Know A Hawk From A Handsaw When The Wind Is Southerly

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So what is the point of showcasing a modest-sized city council proclaiming self-congratulatory definitions of 'affordable' about the chamber? Manteca is just such a modest size city, and some on...

Upzoning: What Is It? How Will It Help Build More Affordable Housing?

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Upzoning is a convenient way to describe a zoning change that increases the density of housing within an existing residential zone. There are a limited number of ways that urban...

NIMBYism: Baby-Boomer Knee-Jerk Or A National Conspiracy Against Affordable Housing?

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Nobody, particularly a well-off nobody, readily embraces change that may disrupt their comfortable home and life. In that sense, neighbours who vigorously defend zoning moats which protect their neighbourhoods...

The Many Colours of NIMBY: Children And Neighbours Are Not Safe

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NIMBY: Not in My Back Yard. Part of an ongoing collection of articles exploring some of the many ways that a worldwide affordable housing crisis is opposed. A new national...

Affordable Housing, Seattle & Toronto. The Tale of Two Cities

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What tail? Why that stunted, useless appendage that abounds in all cities: unused, under-utilized 'lazy' land that has by design or by accident become the property of the city....

Prediction: Building Housing For The Rich Will Solve Manhattan’s Housing Crisis. Or Maybe Not.

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New York City's affordable housing crisis faces a major problem. Regardless of what kind of housing is built (social/public, market rate, luxury) the geography of the city means available...

Affordable Housing: Can A City Be Both An Advocate And An Honest Broker?

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Edmonton, Alberta likes the idea of doing its own online video channel to promote the programs that City Council has approved. However, a recent opinion piece in the Edmonton Journal uses...

Modular Affordable Housing In Canada: Evolving To Fit The Bill

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Getting on for 20 years ago, Peel Region (next door to Toronto) contracted with a private business to build an emergency shelter on a municipally owned site using modular...

Major California Housing Bill Dies In First Committee Hearing

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California, liberal as it may be, is ground zero for activist NIMBYites. They have made it difficult or impossible for communities to make progress in the face of both...

Small And Self-Sufficient: An Affordable Housing Solution For First Nations Homeless Men

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Where the road meets the water at the end of a long British Columbia fijord, the magnificent scenery of Bella Coola is little comfort for indigenous men from the...

Still Hope For Public Housing: Milwaukee’s Westlawn Gardens Renewal Wins National Award

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According to free market conservatives, American public housing is dead. It was the victim of its socialist anti-free-enterprise roots and of the lower class inhabitants who, in fits of...

Opinion: Solving The Affordable Housing Crisis Requires Bad Planning

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We take our hats off to the commitment, enthusiasm and admirable intentions of Mayor Michele Martinez, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Santa Ana, Orange County, California and...

Frank Gehry: Almost An Affordable Housing Prophet In His Own Country

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Skeptical neighbours of a man hailed as "the greatest architect of our time" put Frank Gehry once again through the NIMBY wringer. He was promoting a revised Santa Monica urban...
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