Tag Archives: Housing

Baltimore Hopes to Create Model for Safe DIY Artist Spaces

Outside Baltimore's Bell Foundry artist live/work space (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore’s Bell Foundry, a two-story theater, art venue and live-work space, was shuttered the week after the fire in Oakland claimed the lives of 36 people. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh soon after created a task force to create a network of safe and affordable spaces for Baltimore’s artists. The task force has moved forward quickly, creating three working groups to identify artists’ space needs, study code and regulatory issues, and come up with creative financing options for new development. Read... Read more

The Year in Housing: The Middle Class Can’t Afford to Live in Cities Anymore

(Nano Calvo / VWPics / Redux)
There’s a battle playing out on a neighborhood level in every growing city in America: between those who want to keep property values high, and those who want the chance to live in the cities that have the best economic prospects. The casualties in this war are mostly the middle class. In 2016, rents continued their years-long rise, incomes stratified further, and the average price to buy a home in major US cities rose. The strain pushed the middle class... Read more

Housing in the Evolving American Suburb

(Source: ULI)
This report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) classifies and compares suburbs in the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States and assesses the key issues that will shape suburban residential demand and development in the years ahead. The report points out that healthy regions and fully functioning housing markets require a range of housing choices for households of different backgrounds, means, desires, and stages of life. Read report... Read more

Portland Mayor Has a ‘Hard Message’ for Cities Like Seattle

Above is a historic Portland home, and below is a typical McMansion from New York that photographer Anthony Easton notes is far beyond the height and width of neighboring homes. (Michel Pittman, Anthony Easton / Flickr)
Portland is tweaking its approach to land management, specifically when it comes to housing. Mayor Hales notes that about 1,000 people are moving to his city each month. And those numbers add up. Meanwhile, the younger Portland population is tripling up in houses with roommates. On top of that, developers have shown a preference for tearing down homes that are considered part of the characteristic fabric of historic Portland. Portland is considering a change to its zoning codes called the... Read more

Aging in Place: Integrating Health and Housing for Low-Income and Chronically Ill Seniors

This webinar from Community Catalyst will provide participants with an understanding of why an aging population requires more effective integration of housing and health care systems, an understanding of the impact that affordable housing has on older adults’ ability to live at home and in the community, and some promising practices at the local and state level to address this problem. Register now... Read more
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