Housing


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    Newark, New Jersey, sells residents $1 homes to fend off corporate property buyers

    The city hopes the $1-home lottery will shore up local homeownership and combat neighborhood blight. It’s not the first community to try the strategy, and it likely won’t be the last.

    By Gaby Galvin • March 1, 2024
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    5 of the largest office-to-residential conversions underway across the US

    Over 55,000 residential units are in the pipeline, concentrated in major metros.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Feb. 22, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Faith-based institutions take on the affordable housing crisis

    “Land-rich and cash-poor” religious institutions are among those looking at how they can meet their communities’ low-income housing needs while shoring up their finances.

    By Karen Kroll • Feb. 16, 2024
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    Transportation and public health ‘need to be working in collaboration with each other’

    Transportation decisions that affect public health shouldn't be made in isolation, a former CDC official says.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Washington, DC, readies tax abatement program for commercial-to-residential conversions

    The incentive provides property owners up to $2.5 million for each fiscal year from 2024 through 2026 through a provision that a local attorney describes as “critical to the lifeblood of the city.”

    By Nish Amarnath • Feb. 12, 2024
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    Chattanooga reduced its homeless population by almost 50% last year. Here’s how.

    Local advocates credit a focus on housing, an eviction prevention initiative and efforts to target services to specific at-risk groups.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Feb. 12, 2024
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    Senators introduce bill to prevent use of algorithms to raise rent

    The bill follows a series of lawsuits about whether property management software has allowed property owners to indirectly coordinate rent prices.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Feb. 8, 2024
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    3 ways Washington cities are reimagining downtowns

    Facing empty offices and shops and less pedestrian activity, these cities are seizing the opportunity for creative placemaking.

    By Adina Solomon • Feb. 5, 2024
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    US cities’ outlook for 2024

    Cities are pushing ahead on innovative bids to build more sustainable, safe and equitable communities, but many of the roadblocks they face likely aren't going anywhere.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff • Jan. 31, 2024
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    Where land is scarce and housing is costly, some cities are looking up

    Jurisdictions across the country are relaxing zoning laws to allow for taller multifamily construction.

    By Amanda Loudin • Jan. 22, 2024
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    Affordable housing faces building performance standards challenges, report says

    Facing costly upgrades, hefty fines and lacking technical assistance, the affordable housing sector needs more help from cities and states with such policies, says a new American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy report.

    By Jan. 18, 2024
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    6 trends that could shape US cities in 2024

    Cities will contend with a shifting transportation picture, increased urgency to act on climate change, and innovative policies and technologies to address longstanding concerns.

    By , , Jan. 17, 2024
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    Where are renters moving?

    These are the top 10 states for inbound migration, according to Atlas Van Lines data.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Jan. 9, 2024
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    Office-to-residential conversions raise questions at the curb

    Plan for changes to parking use and curbside activity when approving office-to-residential or office-to-retail conversion, experts say.

    By Amanda Loudin • Jan. 5, 2024
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    What US cities could look like in 2024: 6 predictions

    Safer, greener communities with more housing, greater civic participation, and diversified downtowns are what these experts envision for the coming year.

    By the Smart Cities Dive Team • Jan. 2, 2024
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    Housing, care increasingly unaffordable for growing US elderly population, report warns

    With income inequality, mortgage debt and climate change risks to housing all increasing, creative solutions are needed, the Harvard University report says. 

    By Austyn Gaffney • Dec. 21, 2023
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    Senators call for changes to ‘inefficient’ disaster recovery funding program

    The status quo leaves disaster-struck communities in the lurch as they wait for Congress to OK recovery funds, experts said at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing.

    By Dec. 18, 2023
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    Disney unveils plans for second Storyliving community

    The entertainment giant’s master-planned community near Raleigh, North Carolina, will include a mix of more than 4,000 multifamily and single-family homes.

    By Jennifer Goodman • Dec. 15, 2023
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    The 5 hottest neighborhoods for multifamily development

    These areas have seen the largest share of new apartment units over the last several years as residents are drawn in by a lively mix of restaurants, retail spots, museums and more.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Dec. 14, 2023
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    More climate-friendly housing, faster, is the goal of NYC proposal to speed environmental reviews

    Each eligible housing project could save an average of $100,000 and two years of review time, the city estimates.

    By Dec. 14, 2023
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    Public housing residents get free college advising in LA program

    The “no-barrier” program, open to residents of any age or educational attainment, provides mentors and other guidance.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Dec. 12, 2023
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    HUD announces new building decarbonization efforts at COP28

    As the U.S. pledges to make near-zero-emissions buildings the “new normal” by 2030, the housing agency is teaming up with other departments for access to the best available data and research.

    By Dec. 7, 2023
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    Kansas City, Missouri, proposal would ban discrimination based on housing vouchers

    The city could join more than 120 jurisdictions that outlaw providers from denying housing due to a renter’s source of income.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Dec. 6, 2023
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    New housing slows regional rent growth: NYU researchers

    Critics of new construction as a way to boost affordable housing worry about gentrification and displacement. A new report counters such arguments.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Dec. 6, 2023
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    Which housing policies do Americans really want in their cities and states?

    Despite the outsized negative feedback some policies to boost housing supply receive at public meetings, new Pew survey results reveal bipartisan support.

    By Dec. 4, 2023