Tag Archives: affordable housing development

Lessons Learned: Affordability, Matters of Land

So much of the narrative around affordable housing development conjures up imagines of raising walls and giving the keys to hardworking new homeowners. And to be honest, this is a huge part.  That homeowner is going to have their life changed, “getting a foot on the ladder” up out of poverty (to borrow an analogy from my Bike & Build teammate, Amy).  It’s an incredible moment for the new homeowner and their family.

Let’s think long-term.  Somewhere down the line, the homeowner might want to move or sell their home, just like any other homeowner.  What’s the problem with that? Continue reading

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Different Ways to Affordable

photo credit: U.S. Navy

Last night I had a great dinner with a couple other city planning PhD students.  It may come as no surprise that cities were among the topics of discussion.

As we were trading our different plans for summer research, writing, biking, etc, I mentioned that I was eager to see how different cities treat affordable housing.  Some cities, like Chapel Hill, have deliberate policies dedicated to affordability.  Other places, like Philadelphia, have vast networks of nonprofits, churches, and community organizations that support affordability in their own ways.   Continue reading

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“Livin’ on a Prayer” and Buildin’ a Dream

Turns out the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation is supporting affordable housing right in my own backyard!  Check out this recent story from Camden, NJ:

“Today Heart of Camden held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a home for Jorge Cartagena, a young boy who turns 10 this month was shot in the eye by a stray bullet last year. Jorge will be moving into his new home with his grandmother, Manuela Pintor, who is also a new homeowner. The celebration was held outside of Manuela and Jorge’s new home in the Waterfront South community of Camden, NJ. Continue reading

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“Sustainable, Affordable, Prefab: The ecoMOD Project”

Happy Earth Day!

We often think of “green building” as a flashing architectural style reserved for expensive building projects – shiny wind turbines, vast solar arrays, even vertical farms.  But, as the University of Virginia’s ecoMOD Project demonstrates, sustainable buildings can also be affordable places to call home. Continue reading

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Less Regulation, More Density… More Affordability?

A recent interview by WHYY’s Marty Moss-Coane engaged Slate‘s Matthew Yglesias about his latest book “The Rent is Too Damn High: What to Do About It and Why It Matters More Than You Think.”  One of Yglesias’ main claims is regulation is holding back adequate housing supply, and thus housing affordability, especially coastal cities.  Moss-Coane does an excellent job as the interviewer and raises a ton of essential questions about housing development.   Continue reading

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