Public Housing, “Reverence For Pre-Existing Structures” Captures Architecture’s Top Prize

World-wide, it might seem that there are few opportunities to bring meaningful architectural design to the budget constraints of public housing construction. Certainly this lament can often be found...

Empty Housing Not Just A Waste Of Shelter But Also A Community Disease

Empty houses plague not only cities, but the countryside. Some are empty because speculators are holding them for a quick turnover in a hot housing market.Try: City Of Vancouver...

Columbus, OH, Teeters, Then Topples: Housing For The Poorest . . . Or Federal Funding?

That there is a 'need' for housing across the American nation is largely self-evident. Housing developers would be heading out of business otherwise, and the largest of them at...

Repairs R Us: Habitat For Humanity Diversifies Onward

In the free markets of today's democracies, housing is an investment, not a human right. To build housing in this commodified environment is to pursue profit, not to reaffirm...

Your Affordable Home Is Falling Down. Sorry, It Can’t Be Fixed. You Have To Move. Not.

"But where will we go?" Scanning affordable housing stories worldwide, an article reports some unfortunate locale were residents are being evicted from social or public housing practically every day. Four constant...

Sweden Sniffs At Co-Living For Affordable Housing: Social Blessing Or Social Disaster?

With housing becoming increasingly unaffordable, ingenious ways of reducing shelter costs abound. One trending fad featuring in the news media: co-living. A boon? A bust? There are two sides to...

Affordable Housing In Trailer Parks? ROCk On, America!

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...

Supercharged By Boondoggle? Affordable Housing Via The Green New Deal

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...

Protecting Vancouver’s Affordable Renting: Some Alternatives

Two important factors are influencing rental housing in cities across North America. The 'millennial' age group is now facing the lifetime challenge of finding employment and shelter. The average millennial...

What is NOAH? Does NOAH count? Minneapolis Thinks So.

NOAH stands for Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing. Not naturally occurring like crabgrass, springing into existence year after year, no matter how you try to stop it, but Naturally occurring in another sense: nobody planned for NOAH to be there, be habitable, and be affordable. But there it is, hallelujah!

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...

If You Build It, Affordability Doesn’t Come. Charlotte, NC, Tries Old Anew

Just build more housing, any housing, even luxury housing. Affordability will trickle down. You'll see! It's the mantra of the building industry as well as the YIMBY (Yes In...

Capitalists Can’t Afford To Care. Boston Wants More Housing Controlled By Those Who Do

Capitalist democracies are committed to the right of all to speculate in a free housing market. But profit-taking is currently driving up housing prices beyond the reach of growing...

Detroit Flaunts Luxury Affordable Housing For The Homeless

A series of unfortunate events has turned into a blessing for a number of people who are homeless in Detroit. Fire devastated an elderly Detroit apartment building many years ago....

Chicago Low Income Housing Owners Supported By A Financial Institution That Cares

Can low-income individuals and families actually own housing, rather then simply renting a home? For a lengthy honeymoon period leading up the the 2008 'Great Recession' low-income Americans were invited...

Canada’s NICE May Need A Naughtier Affordable Housing Project

In the spirit of its 'NICE' acronym, Canada's National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly is embarking on an admirable and extremely ambitious affordable housing initiative. The charitable...

Ply Gem Attacks The Affordable Housing Crisis One Door And Window At A Time

Ply Gem? A small town in Wales, we guessed when we first saw the name. Nope. It's a manufacturer and supplier of exterior housing materials based in Wake, North Carolina....

Why Urban Renewal Vision Needs Bifocals

Focusing on progress and urban renewal is vital for the ever-changing nature of a city. Yesterday's housing, retail, business and industrial needs have given momentary shape to a dynamic...

Affordable Housing: Less Is More In Baltimore

Many private/public partnerships to build affordable housing do not pass the smell test with their handfuls of affordable houses or apartments in projects numbering hundreds of market rate or...

NYCHA 25 Billion Repair Estimate: Bad Management Or Weird Flaw Of Human Nature?

What is it about social housing that attracts neglect? Building Management 101 says "put enough money aside for repairs, and for eventual replacement." Notwithstanding this, New York City Housing...

Can Slow and Steady Win The Affordable Housing Race?

Some American urban regions have been slow to rejuvenate. Cities like Buffalo, Baltimore and Detroit have lagged behind the pack, apparently missing the spark needed to ignite a reinvigorated,...
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