Housing: Page 2

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    Top 10 metro areas for construction starts

    Even when adjusted for inflation, commercial and multifamily construction starts were robust in 2022 as projects moved back toward urban cores, according to a new report.

    By Sebastian Obando • Feb. 6, 2023
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    California approves San Francisco’s plan to build 82,000 homes

    More than half the homes will be affordable units for low- and moderate-income households, helping the region meet its affordable housing goals.

    By Feb. 3, 2023
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    Smart Cities Dive 2023 Outlook

    In the year ahead, city leaders will continue to face economic headwinds while tackling the housing shortage, rethinking land use, dealing with changes in travel behavior and implementing federal spending programs to electrify and decarbonize cars, buses and buildings.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Florida Republicans propose state rent control ban with affordable housing funding and incentives

    Senate Bill 102 would prohibit local rent controls and use tax incentives, gap financing and additional state funding to boost affordable housing. Affordable housing advocates say the proposal leaves renters vulnerable.

    By Feb. 2, 2023
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    Office conversions will soar this year: report

    Apartments have made up one-third of office conversion activity since 2016, according to a report by commercial real estate firm CBRE.

    By Leslie Shaver • Jan. 31, 2023
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    New York City to reform zoning to add housing in Midtown Manhattan

    During his State of the City address last week, Mayor Eric Adams also announced new funding to enforce tenant protection laws and expanded free broadband services for residents who live in public housing.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 30, 2023
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    7 projects to watch in 2023

    From an NFL stadium to a major airport expansion and a massive manufacturing plant, these high-profile, high-impact projects are expected to hit significant milestones this year.

    By Construction Dive Staff • Jan. 30, 2023
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    Phoenix launches 24-hour public restroom pilot at a homeless shelter

    The city will install The Portland Loo, which was created to help cities and nonprofits provide people experiencing homelessness with access to a public restroom.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 27, 2023
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    Walkable urban areas are popular but have an affordability problem: report

    People are paying a premium to live in dense and walkable neighborhoods, according to new data analysis, which could be a bright spot for downtowns impacted by pandemic-era work changes.

    By Maria Rachal • Jan. 25, 2023
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    Biden administration announces actions to protect renters, bill of rights blueprint

    The White House released a blueprint Wednesday for creating a renter's bill of rights that includes protection principles such as having access to safe, decent and affordable housing and clear and fair leases.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 25, 2023
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    Apartment demand drops to lowest level since 2009

    Market indicators point to higher absorption in 2023, but consumer confidence needs a rebound first.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Jan. 24, 2023
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    Housing supply accelerator campaign brings together elected leaders, community planners

    The program from the National League of Cities and the American Planning Association aims to address U.S. housing crisis by identifying local best practices and policies on zoning, housing development and preservation.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 24, 2023
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    HUD reintroduces rule to combat housing discrimination

    A new version of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule will again require cities seeking federal funds to explain how housing segregation exists in their communities and their plan to address it.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 20, 2023
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    Indianapolis aims to build affordable housing on city-owned properties

    The Vacant to Vibrant program will leverage $4.5 million in American Rescue Plan funds to entice nonprofits, community development corporations and developers to build affordable rental or homeownership units on city lots.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 19, 2023
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    Flexible rent payment options gain popularity as affordability decreases

    Buy now, pay later programs may help struggling renters stay up to date, say some property managers and payment technology companies.

    By Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Jan. 18, 2023
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    How Houston uses data to back its housing-first homeless strategy

    The data-driven approach helps the system's leaders prioritize programs that succeed in housing people over those that meet short-term needs.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 17, 2023
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    Cities repurpose underused malls to address housing shortage

    Local governments are leveraging largely vacant and blighted malls to address housing affordability. Federal funding and new laws and regulations, such as zoning changes, are aiding that effort.

    By Karen Kroll • Jan. 13, 2023
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    4 trends that could shape smart cities in 2023

    These overarching trends affect the decisions communities are making around transportation design, street space, housing and revitalizing downtowns that have struggled with fewer office workers.

    By Smart Cities Dive Team • Jan. 13, 2023
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    After a strong 2022, rent growth expected to slow this year

    Rents rose 6.2% in 2022, posting a second straight year of rapid growth, but that has decelerated in recent months, according to real estate software company Yardi Matrix.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Jan. 13, 2023
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    Transit agencies must consider land use and new travel patterns, transportation officials say

    New travel patterns driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and remote and hybrid work are forcing transit agencies to reconsider their planning and operations, transportation officials said at the Transportation Research Board's Annual Meeting.

    By Charles Pekow • Jan. 12, 2023
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    New York aims for 800,000 new homes via zoning reform, transit-oriented development

    The New York Housing Compact will require cities and towns to allow higher-density development around MTA rail stations and encourage zoning reform with new home benchmarks for municipalities.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 11, 2023
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    Federal agencies share ‘blueprint’ for transportation decarbonization

    Energy, environment, housing and transportation regulators teamed up on strategies to realize a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, with nods to micromobility, zoning reform and more.

    By Maria Rachal • Jan. 10, 2023
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    DC mayor sets goal of 15,000 new residents downtown within 5 years

    Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan would ultimately add more than 100,000 new residents to downtown Washington, D.C., by converting office space into residential housing, but it calls for federal assistance as well.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 4, 2023
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    Updating local regulations may ease EV charging rollout

    Improved regulations make it easier for developers to “know what they’re getting into,” said one transportation planner.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Jan. 4, 2023
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    13 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2023

    Cities will get smarter about transportation infrastructure needs, continue to rethink the use of downtown spaces and look at where data can help inform various operations, readers said.

    By Danielle McLean • Jan. 3, 2023
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    How Inflation Reduction Act funding could affect cities

    The federal support could help cities reduce carbon emissions, become more resilient to extreme weather and pursue climate justice.

    By Danielle McLean • Dec. 26, 2022