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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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Abandonment: “A Magnet for Negativity”

Abandoned housing isn’t just an negative economic indicator, it’s also a hazard to the households who are left behind.   Continue reading

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Affordability in Philly

Here’s a quick snapshot of housing affordability in Philadelphia using two Census indicators: median housing values and monthly owner costs.  As you can see from these maps, there’s strong spatial variation between areas in Philly.  I did the analysis at the Census-tract level, so each small polygon on the map roughly represents a neighborhood.

Median housing value is a useful indicator for a variety of reasons.  One that might not be as obvious – housing is a major financial asset for many families.  So not only does the indicator show where “nice” housing exists, it shows which neighborhoods stand to have a lot of value, provided homeownership opportunities exist. Continue reading

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