Urban Planning Trapped In The Zoning ‘Solution’

When it comes to building more affordable housing, zoning has a high profile. An article in the New Yorker argues that by focussing on zoning, we miss the importance...

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

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...

Bernie Sanders: A Godfather Of Affordable Housing With Feet Of Clay?

Bernie Sanders, the renowned Independent senator who turns Democratic when it suits him, has been a darling of American progressives since the runup to the 2016 presidential election, where...

Researcher Drags Inclusionary Zoning Through The Mud To Good Purpose

An article in the Baltimore Sun puts the boots to America's current favourite way of building affordable housing — through inclusionary zoning projects that produce partially affordable housing complexes....

Planning Ahead For The Great Public Private Partnership Poop-Out

Yes indeed, the leopard may change its spots. And the scorpion crossing the river on the back of the frog may not sting it, so that they both drown....

Build Build Build: Never Mind The People

Just recently, the Business Roundtable, a group of very large companies called a press conference. The purpose? Why, to say that in addition to being about shareholder profits, business...

UK Heavy Metal Housing: From Solo Practice To Concert Perfection

The last few years have seen experimental 'cargotecture' experiments worldwide. The base of this affordable housing is the widely available shipping container, retired from seagoing duties but still full...

Developer Wet (Riverside) Dream: Pull Down Austin Affordable Housing, Build Less New

Confused about what affordable housing really is? You are not alone. Austin City Council would appear to be more than confused, indeed thoroughly bamboozled. Which is just where any...

Street By Street Zoning: Worthwhile Affordable Housing Shot In The Dark?

Before we dig too far into the possibilities of street-by-street zoning, we need to get a prejudice of ours off our chests. The article linked below attributes this zoning...

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

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...

Helping Baby Boomers Go Very Slowly, Gracefully, And Affordably Bust

What do Baby Boomers Need? Fresh air and sunlight (which we all need). But surprisingly, seniors, along with the rest of us, need surprisingly little as it turns out. A...

Youth Group Weighs In As Halifax Updates Its Zoning By-Law

The Halifax Regional Municipality has decided that its zoning by-laws, parts of which are 50 years old, need updating. Ten years ago it embarked on a review process that...

Upzoning in America: A Map View of City Density Informs Future Housing Choices

Urban sprawl is beginning to receive a technical analysis that threatens its existence. It is the very foundation of the so-called 'American Dream'— a single house on a single...

Revisiting The City Of Boulder’s Co-op Housing Ordinance

Two years ago, after a two year process, the City of Boulder approved by a vote of 7-2 an ordinance to allow housing co-operatives as dwelling units. Opponents felt...

Sidewalk Labs’ Proposal For Affordable Housing On Toronto’s Waterfront

Earlier this week, Sidewalk Labs released its long awaited proposal to develop a site on Toronto's Waterfront. It's called Toronto Tomorrow. There are proposals in for affordable housing, so...

Resilient City, Toronto Style

"A Resilient Toronto is ... Home. A place where housing is a right, and every resident has a safe, decent, and affordable place to live." Compared with stories that...

Is The Social/Public Housing Tide Finally Turning in North America?

The stain of gang-controlled, crime-riddled public/social housing lingers on in North American public imagination. "Like Cabrini Green in Chicago," said Christel Kjenner, referring to an infamous United States public housing project, now demolished.

Affordable Grannie Flats Are ‘In.’ Flop Houses? In Minnesota, Not so Much… Yet.

Simple solutions have a way of finding themselves. Some reports suggest that at ground zero of the affordable housing crisis — the state of California — grand schemes for generating...

Markham Ontario: Affordable Housing Says Who?

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...

World Survey of Affordable Housing Industry ‘Volunteerism’ = Raspberry Time

A vast, worldwide, low-end hotel/motel industry specializes in providing affordable housing. Should it voluntarily take charge of solving the affordable housing crisis internationally, or in any single country? We might ask the same question about the wildly successful internet-based B&B industry.

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

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...

Bedtime Stories: Affordable Housing And ‘The Little Engine That Could’

The beating drums of housing industry lobbyists thunder on incessantly, drumming the industry's idea of good sense into the beleaguered brains of city councils worldwide. One example: it only...

‘Grannie Flat’ Boomlet Is About Affordable Housing And . . . Grannies!

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are separate living suites within a principal residence, or standing alone somewhere on the property of that residence. A recent report from California has suggested...

A Santa Barbara Affordable Housing Experiment In ‘Just Build More’

Just Build More! It's the battle cry of the American Housing Industry, as well as their fellow-travellers in the YIMBYYes, In My Back Yard. For more, try: Trendy YIMBY...

Neighbourhoods: How Important Is History To An Affordable Housing Future?

A striking feature of virtually all NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) affordable housing confrontation is the mantle of fake history draped across the defence battlements. That so-called history...

Touristy Bar Harbor Struggles To Balance Affordable Housing With STRs

Does a tourist town need affordable accommodations for citizens and seasonal workers? Or does it need STRs (Short Term Rentals) to attract tourists? For towns and cities like Bar...

Deregulation Helps Private Housing Developers Build Affordable . . . .OMG!

A constant drumbeat of housing industry advocacy targets over-regulation in the housing industry. Higher density, lower floor space, smaller lots, skip the housing inspectors — all these will allow...

Maine’s Inclusionary Zoning: A Tinker-Toy Solution For A Brutal Affordable Housing Crisis

A useful article out of Portland, Maine does a fine job of explaining why the bloom is off the rose when it comes to that darling of equality advocates...

Chicago Densification: A Building Industry Brain Fever? Or A True Affordable Housing Solution?

Upzoning! Beloved by the housing industry. Championed by the recent so-called YIMBY movement (Yes In My Back Yard).We consider YIMBY's acronym to be 'so called' because it does not...

Spending Promised Funding For Social Rent Housing Depends On Access To Land

In recent years, the UK government has relentlessly pushed a public/private partnership model to build the nation out of an affordable housing crisis. As time goes by, the meagre handfuls...

Kiwibuild: Pitfalls And Pratfalls Tarnish NZ Middle Class Affordable Housing Initiative

Well, you have to hand it to New Zealand, where politicians sure know how to stage an affordable housing shipwreck. Kiwibuild! Such warm nation-embracing star power in the name! Such...

Some Inconvenient Affordable Housing Facts About Upzoning And Higher Density

Following World War II, the victorious Soviet Union took stock of a housing crisis to end all housing crises in the endless fields of rubble that lay across the...

Can A Case Be Made For ‘Downzoning’ When Upzoning Is The Favourite Affordable Housing Flavour?

Downzoning is, not surprisingly, the opposite of upzoning. A classic, controversial attempt to do city-wide upzoning has recently made the news in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis residential zoning districts, which previously...

Honey, I’m Back! Densified Kiss-And-Ride California Transit Nodes Return From The Dead

The idea of allowing high density zoning near California transit hubs gained steam earlier in 2018, when Bill SB 827 was introduced in the Sacramento Legislature. Beyond measures to...

Why Don’t We Plan For Slow-Rolling Emergencies When We Know They Are Coming?

Unaffordable housing is, for an increasing many, an inconvenience. A major home life and work disruption, quite possibly. A temporary upheaval that may affect lifelong happiness, no question. But when...

Too Big To Fail? Or Will Affordable Housing Boomtowns Create Megacity Bust Towns?

Boomtowns? Not necessarily the cities you might expect any more. There is a growing flight of fed-up workers from the world's great cities — people looking for less expensive...

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

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...

Portsmouth, NH. Work But No Workers: Affordable Housing Crisis Viewed From A Broader Context

Long live baristas! Not only let them live long, but most importantly, let them live near by. Coffee shop workers are a convenient symbol of a community's house prices gone...

Town Bonus: A College Economy -> Town Burden: Less Affordable Housing

For many towns blessed with a college or university, there is a certain pride in hosting an institution of higher learning. Far more important for the health of the...

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

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...

UBC Profs Spoonfeed Affordable Housing Questions To Stump Politicians. You’ll Need A Bib!

In Vancouver, Canada, a vibrant, modern city that has un-planned its way into a housing crisis, two respected university professors have unleashed a mind-boggling fireworks display of opinion, enlightenment...

Chronic Unaffordability — An Unintended Marvel of Mixed Use Planning?

Those city planners! Give them a bee to put in in their bonnet and they'll ride into the sunset, happily swatting their hat. The latest mainstream planning 'bee' is the...

Bristol, UK: Building Less Affordable Housing In Order To Build More

A contradictory headline describes the dilemma of the City Council in Bristol, which is trying to move quickly to provide affordable housing for their community. The need may be...

Brandon, Manitoba Affordable Housing: Goldilocks And The Three Bylaws

The housing in the first bylaw was too large. The housing in the second bylaw was too small. But the housing in the third bylaw was just right. Goldilocks...

Will There Ever Be A Second Hand Affordable Housing Boom? Charlotte, NC, Hopes So!

Science grew out of the mists of time: potions and folk remedies to cure illness gradually analyzed and improved over the centuries, obsession from the middle ages and beyond...

Report: UK Planning Deregulation + Defunding Is An Affordable Housing Disaster

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) and the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) have together released an annual report on the Affordable Housing Crisis in the UK to coincide with...

Major California Housing Bill Dies In First Committee Hearing

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...

Viability Assessments: Are Artful Dodgers Facing A Comeuppance?

In the United Kingdom, affordable housing has been redefined to be anything up to 80% of market value. That makes the war on affordable housing 'a complete red herring'...

City-Splitting: Can De-Centralization Help The Affordable Housing Crisis?

Twenty years ago, The Province of Ontario merged the City of Toronto with 5 other municipalities to create one mega-city, now the heart of the fourth largest metropolitan area...

Denver Drops Affordable Housing Oversight, Belatedly Discovers That Buyers And Sellers May Cheat

Business managers, bureaucrats, civil servants and politicians seem quite capable of supervising the development of massive housing projects, and are able to factor in all kinds of long-term expenses,...

Having Your Cake And Eating It: Can Denver Neighborhood Character Coexist With Affordability?

'Neighborhood character' is one of the most powerful NIMBY weapons that can be aimed at affordable housing. The neighborhood itself has a superficial existence in the eyes of all...

Does Older Housing Become Affordable? Is This ‘Filtering Down’ A Planning Truism Or A Myth?

Can academic planning theory take part of the blame for a growing worldwide affordable housing crisis? It has long been proposed (and seems perfectly reasonable on the surface) that...

City Planners Who Listen To People: Do They Exist?

It's all the rage to consult with the community to determine its wants and needs. Cynics might say that community administrations save money by always consulting, seldom acting. However, there...

Portland Economy Wolves Huff And Puff At Mayor’s Affordable House Of Sticks

A 'pricy' affordable housing project has Portland, Oregon's mayor Ted Wheeler on the defensive after blessing an unusual construction technique. The unusual? The building will be the tallest in America...

The Elephant In The US Election Room: Affordable Housing

Growing larger and more frightening day by day, the Affordable Housing Crisis in America should be a major topic of debate in the run-up to last year's elections. But...
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