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Vancouver, BC: ‘Hiving’ As A Resilient Affordable Housing Strategy

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Vancouver, BC is the least affordable city in North America, with a high proportion of households with low incomes compared to Canada as a whole. As well, it's a...

UK Affordable PPP Problem: “One Of Our ‘P’s Is Broken”

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Incompetence? Bad Faith? Obsessive fealty to shareholders?  Whatever the reason, local United Kingdom councils are starting to finger one of the 'P's in their Affordable Housing Public Private Partnerships...

Acquiring Land for Affordable Housing? Scrap That Idea!

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Governments, for all their supposed powers, are clearly at a disadvantage when it comes to competing with private enterprise that has sniffed profit in the wind. Sandy Springs, a newish...

Cozy Canada Missed 2008 Wake Up Call, Now Faces Housing Bubble Bath

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2008 US/World Housing Crisis and beyond. What? Us Canucks Worry? No need. We were proud of our doughty bank system that rode out the storm without risky mortgage investment holdings...

Resilience: What Is It? What’s It Got To Do With Affordable Housing?

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Resilience is a measure of how well a crisis, calamity, or catastrophe can be withstood. As the term is used in this blog, it comes in two flavours. Community resilience...

DIY Broadband Levels Essential Internet Playing Field For Have-Nots

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Here's a good news story emerging from the shadows of those giant, hard-nosed internet providers determined to soak everybody to the max for their internet access. If that characterization...

Faceless Behind A Mask: A Nation’s Landlords Dodge Responsibility

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The Mask? A U.S. legal entity called a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) is becoming a favourite tool of slum landlords. LLC laws prevents the owners from being sued over...

US Affordable Housing Supply — Sabotaged!

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A recent study by two U.S. economists demonstrates how national homebuilders can effectively sabotage the free market, building fewer homes to their great convenience and profit. In response to cries...

The Extinction Rebellion Vs. Affordable Housing: Adversaries Or Soul Mates?

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These days, a great deal of visionary thinking is being applied to newly appreciated human concerns such as Climate Change, the Green New Deal, the Extinction Rebellion and other...

Can An Affordable Housing Crisis Be Viewed As A Slow-Rolling Disaster?

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When it comes to affordable housing crises, there are are some potential benefits to be gained from viewing the crisis from a disaster perspective. This is particularly true where...

High School Students Build . . . Affordable Housing?

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Wow! How times change. When I was in high school I was entrusted (barely) with building a wall lamp from aluminum strips, decoration added by precise and delicate hammering...

Affordable Housing Not Your Problem? Think Again.

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Build more affordable housing? Go right ahead, but not with your tax dollars. You don't need affordable housing. Maybe you're a homeowner, don't have to hunt through unaffordable listings, looking...

Affordable Housing In Trailer Parks? ROCk On, America!

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These days, a flood of buy-and-destroy developers as well as vulture rental packagers threaten the existence of a longstanding North American affordable housing institution — the trailer park. Trailer parks...

Born Again Social Housing? Is It Possible? Scotland’s Done It

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America is where social housing went to die. Poisoned by the cold war that tarnished all things that remotely hinted of socialism or communism, social housing's slow death was,...

Climate Change Threatens Another Knockdown Blow To Affordable Housing

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"Hurricane Sandy was the greatest natural disaster to ever impact public housing residents in New York City". So begins the abstract of Public Housing on the Periphery: Vulnerable Residents and...

World Population Bubble Burst: Who Will Be Left Holding The Empty Housing Bag?

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In terms of birth rate, the world's population may already be falling. Declining world population statistics are to some degree masked by the ongoing increase in longevity of those...

A Green Future With Housing For All? Of Course It Can Be Done. But It May Take Baby Steps

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A fear looming ever bigger and nastier on the horizon is the possibility that affordable housing demands will clash head on with steps necessary to prevent an environmental catastrophe...

Supercharged By Boondoggle? Affordable Housing Via The Green New Deal

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America faces a bugle call to arms on many fronts such as immigration and terrorism. The call for affordable housing, for all that it is a matter of pressing...

Non-Market Permanent Affordable Housing: Practical Solution Or Pipe Dream?

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People with very low incomes face big hurdles when it comes to affording housing. With minimal resources, they have limited housing options and little control over their housing in...

Saving The World One Tree? Affordable House? At A Time

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An article about a 'green' project on the Island of Montreal reflects a conflict pitting two well meaning and determined groups of activists against each other, something we'll undoubtedly...

Affordable Housing In The Swamp: Raising Up A Pyramid Of Govt Ineffectiveness?

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Are higher levels of government too remote from the practical problems faced by cities? It's certainly a cause for worry in America, particularly when the subject is the affordable...

Resilient City, Toronto Style

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"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...

A California Bakery Co-op Solves Its Housing Crisis With… A Housing Construction Co-op

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The owners of a multi-outlet collection of California baking co-ops couldn't turn its back and just shrug at the plight of its employees commuting long distances from barely affordable...

Affordable Housing Crisis: Miami Hits The Bad Times Big Time

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If your city is looking to become world-class these days, unaffordable housing looks to be a promising way to get there. Sooner of later, your metropolis may have a...

Foreigners Needed To Buy Canada’s World Class Unaffordable Housing

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'And the least shall be greatest. And lo, in the fullness of time, the least did indeed become both least and greatest. And they most thoroughly wished that they...

$$$ College Housing? $$ But Scarce Off-Campus? Student Union Eyes Third Way

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These days, college and university students are often burdened by loans necessary to higher education tuition. This financial problem is only growing. That's because, for those without a convenient...

Just Build More Housing? These Days, The Idea Rules, But Without Clothes

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As a child, I attended a live production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. The Emperor met up with weavers who promised cloth of the finest quality and lightest weight....

Rent Banks — What Are They? How Can They Help Tenants Stay In Affordable Housing?

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Rent Banks are funds to help rent burdened tenants keep their housing and avoid eviction. Here's a current example of a proposed rent bank (along with nine other ideas) to...

Creating A Tax-Foreclosure Free City: Why Bother?

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Most city spending is to the benefit of their citizens. Not surprising, therefore, that cities generally take a dim view of those who do not pay municipal taxes. For...

How Québec And British Columbia Became Canada’s Affordable Housing Leaders

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In 1994, the Canadian Federal Government pulled the plug on its social housing programs. Seven years later, the federal government reversed its position and decided to put some funding...

Public Investment In Australian Affordable Housing Pays Off

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It's an old story which still holds. You have to spend money to make money. A consortium of non-profit, government and industry groups found this out after they commissioned study...

Floating Cities Aren’t The Answer To Climate Change

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CITYLAB is a brilliant website that explores innovation and change, which may contribute to the success of tomorrow's cities. It is no stranger to the word 'could' and often applies...

Vienna Housing Model Exhibition: Could We Get One Here, Please?

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As Dublin begins a month long exhibition of the 'Vienna Housing Model' we are forced to look on enviously from the other side of the Atlantic. It will be...

SF Success Requires Gentrification Plan To Include Existing Neighbours

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Even California's legendary neighbourhood NIMBYNot In My Back Yard activists have had difficulty withstanding the relentless pressure for gentrification in downtown neighbourhoods. In 2015, San Francisco took steps to...

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

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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...

Ontario Pines For The Heady Affordable Housing Co-ops Of Yesteryear

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Social housing has been one of the few affordable housing alternatives in many countries. We're talking truly affordable rental housing here, and we're talking the massive quantities necessary to...

Rehabilitating America’s Public Housing Potential. You Could Be A Nurse!

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Is there a hope for public housing in America? These days, glimmers of light appear on the horizon. In part, they reflect the failure of public/private partnerships — the...

Karl Marx, Classical Economist: Have We Reached His Capitalist End of Times?

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No, Marx was not a socialist. Marx studied and wrote about capitalist economies, much as the father of capitalism, Adam Smith, explored the nature of free market economies in the...

Alien Affordable Architecture, Modularity And The Challenge of Good-Hearted Politics

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The Challenge: More governments, both local and national, are coming to grips with an affordable housing crisis using the fashionable tools of the day. They are finding those tools wanting....

The Sad Parable Of A San Francisco Teachers’ Slum

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In truth, it was a teacher's slum that never was, but a sad parable nonetheless. These days, stories abound of middle class workers essential to a community who are less...

Happy 50th Birthday, Co-op City, NYC: Proving Project Housing Can Survive And Prosper

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With dense living apparently the way of the future for modern cities, it's important to understand why it has in some cases proved itself unworthy. Communities of gentry in luxury...

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

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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...

The American Housing Industry’s Addiction To Luxury Homes Is Damaging Its Health. And Ours.

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Builder Magazine is a construction industry booster, without question. But if it is inclined to sugar coat or trumpet industry successes, it also seems willing to tackle some of the...

Fanny Mae Unplugged: A Former CEO Offers Perspective On Last & Next Housing Crises

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In 2008, an American mortgage repackaging crisis wound in financial players and governments around the world. It triggered a multi-year recession from which some countries are still recovering. The...

Cities Can Unite To Force National Government Action On Affordable Housing: An EU Perspective

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An intriguing, wide-ranging article from Ireland reports on a recent affordable housing conference for European Union cities. The conference was held in Vienna, Austria, which in itself is a...

Drowned Cities of Tomorrow: Affordable Housing Crisis, Or Relocation Crisis?

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An article on Miami affordable housing in the Huffington Post has a patently absurd title suggesting that only the wealthy can withstand the onslaught of climate change. Do Huffington Post reporters...

Decline Of Business Resilience Linked To Lack Of Truly Affordable Housing

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Resilience is an important survival mechanism for individuals and families. Resilience usually implies not just enough to survive, but more than enough. When it comes to maintaining a roof...

Leadership From The Top Needed To Counter Housing Threat To Irish Posperity

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Calls for national leadership in the face of a worldwide unaffordable housing crisis? So far, they've been few and far between, although a child using simple arithmetic could demonstrate...

US Federal Tax Cuts Spur Unprecedented Inter-City Housing Cooperation

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Cities in the American sunbelt bear a heavy brunt of the nation's homelessness, thanks to the easier living conditions for those condemned to a life without housing. Inheriting the...
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