High-density public housing may seem like an idea whose time has come and gone, buried along with the ruins of notorious projects like St....
A long-forgotten battle over a set of row houses in South Philadelphia makes current day NIMBYism look tame. What can housing advocates learn from how they finally got built anyway?
Housing problems are growing and are likely to worsen with pervasive income inequality and a U.S. population projected to grow by 80 million people by 2050. Yet, the solutions do not match the demand.
If social inclusion and the creation of mixed-income neighborhoods is embraced by so many, why does it seem to be so difficult to materialize this vision for the city? Let's look at some examples.
We can’t build our way out of the housing crisis . . . but we won’t get out without building.
A: No, they do not. Market-rate developers are business people. They charge as much as the market will bear. When housing prices go up . . .
A: Not for everyone. Even after significant recovery, most of the country still has record high levels of . . .
A focus on housing connected to education and wellness will be needed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
Along with most Rooflines readers, I believe that having some portion of a community’s housing as long term or permanently affordable is a desirable...
The HOPE SF program is aiming to explicitly avoid many of the problems mixed-income public housing redevelopments have faced, to create a truly inclusive process.
A single development with an intentional income mix involves very specific challenges—both in its design and its management.
Building when you could buy is inefficient—and contributes to economic segregation.
For first-time homebuyers with good credit, stable employment, and savings for a down payment, buying a home is more affordable than it has been in decades. For everyone else, however, lower home prices have been a disaster.
Rather than just developing homes for sale, City of Lakes CLT lets buyers pick houses to bring into the land trust.
We all know public housing needs radical transformation to survive. The system teeters on the verge of collapse: The 1.2 million units of public...
On July 29, 2008, the White House issued a statement that “chronic homelessness decreased an average of 15 percent per year between 2005 –...
America has invested in building and supporting housing for lower income people and vulnerable populations for decades. This investment is a critical part of...
While PETRA is flawed, it is also the only serious attempt any administration has made to preserve public housing in quite some time.
When I think about all the boards and committees I’ve served on, the clean-up days and neighborhood association events and protests I’ve attended, I...
Gabriel Metcalf, CEO of SPUR, discusses his new book, "Democratic by Design: How Carsharing, Co-ops, and Community Land Trusts are Reinventing America."