Urban Planning Trapped In The Zoning ‘Solution’

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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...

Is An Oregon Park Upkeep Proposal Really An Attack on Affordable Housing?

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Leaf-shaded walks, flower beds in profusion, well stocked duck ponds: how does such an admirably eco-minded beautification plan get affordable housing activists calling 'fowl?' The answer lies in a proposed...

Bloomington, III, Conference Hears Solution to ALL NIMBY Problems

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At a recent conference, Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) advocates have been given a preview of the ultimate NIMBY solution. Up until now, NIMBY protesters have voiced their opposition...

Distracted Politicians — Beware Generation Rent!

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UK politicians are distracted. An opinion piece in the Daily Telegraph, inadvertently tells us just how distracted they are. The article itself is behind a paywall, but the headline and...

Poor Doors: ‘Excluding The Included’ Lives On In Snob-Ravaged Britain

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Alas, everybody needs somebody to look down on. That would seem to be especially true in Britain, where inclusionary housing is recapturing English snobbery and prejudice that has long...

A Constitutional Barrier To Public Housing Approvals In California

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Institutional racism at the highest level is not at all distant in America's past. Earlier this month (February 2019) Virginia's governor admitted to a youthful yearbook appearance in blackface....

Trendy YIMBY Affordable Housing Activists Are Sheltered In A House Of Straw

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YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard) should more appropriately be named a finger-pointing Yes In YOUR Backyard, as YIMBY activists between the lot of them are unlikely to have enough...

Gainesville’s Affordable Housing Action: Are Apologies Really Needed?

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City Councillors on one side of the table. Angry citizens on the other. Council is apologizing for "not doing things right," when it comes to the development of affordable...

US Housing Bill Funds 2,100,000 Affordable (Not ‘Workforce’) Houses. Truth or Fiction?

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It's the truth, actually. It has just been proposed by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren and will join the 115 other housing bills introduced over the last two years in this...

New American Tax Law: Helping Poor Communities? Or Helping Gentrify Poor Communities?

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It's a little unnerving to hear that investors are absolutely racing to capitalize on a new tax law billed as a benefit for poor communities in the United States....

Are Mixed Uses Nashville’s Affordable Housing Future? Major League Soccer Is Beginning To Think So.

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Zoning has weaknesses. It is exclusionary in nature, making it easy to divide one kind of neighborhood from another. That can lead to 'all or nothing' controversies like the...

Is There a Difference Between Hostile Architecture and Torture?

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If you are homeless, and cannot sleep over a heat vent, will you die? The odds are against it unless you are in a country with a frigid winter...

Town Barks At Affordable Housing ‘Riff-Raff’: The Law Bites Back

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The minutes of a Massachusetts town meeting made the position of their Board of Selectmen quite clear: affordable housing dwellers are a class of riff-raff unsuitable for local gracious...

Utah: The Executive-Affordable State Leaves Its Workers Behind

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The U.S. Congress has recently completed a tax overhaul that promises a starry-eyed Christmas fairytale of sleek reindeer (corporations) which tow a bloated but bursting-with-life Santa (the U.S economy)...

NJ Affordable Housing Horse-Trading Is Snookered By Judge

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New Jersey towns and cities have had a long history of trying very hard to wriggle out of affordable housing responsibilities, so hard in fact that the courts have...

It’s All About Us: City Politicians/Experts Navel-Gaze The Future of Government Housing Support

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An international movement to broaden the social and economic classes eligible for affordable housing support is gaining steam. Make housing affordable for everyone, not just those most in need! Hardly...

When ‘Affordable’ Replaces ‘Social,’ The Housing Result Grows Grim For The Poorest

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In Britain, government funding focus is shifting away from social housing targeted strictly for those most in need and towards affordable housing support for a broader range of income...
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