Poverty Ignored Contagion of Obesity Epidemic
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Under the category "Summer Rentals That Have Gone Terribly Wrong," there are perhaps few parallels to the experience of Charles Henry Warren, a Manhattan banker who, in 1906, took a house in Oyster Bay on Long Island's North Shore.
The Urban Land Institute's Terwilliger Center for Housing will host its conference, Housing Opportunity 2013, March 20-22, 2013, in Seattle. Housing experts from across the country will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing all sectors of the housing industry.
Cities and regions from coast to coast are pursuing transit-oriented development (TOD) strategies as a way to achieve many goals, including increased economic competitiveness through improved quality of life, reduced congestion, lower transportation costs for households, improved air quality, reduced costs for providing city services, and growth management. The concept of TOD is becoming more popular as the number of regions planning light rail, bus rapid transit, and other fixed-guideway transit investments expands.
The Center for Transit-Oriented Development (CTOD) today released results of a year-long study into the potential for transit-oriented development to unlock economic, environmental and fiscal benefits for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Editor's Note: This excerpt from Are We There Yet? makes an economic case for affordable housing, providing specific examples of the type and amount of revenue affordable housing can deliver to local governments and to local businesses. Yet, despite the revenue generating possibilities, producing enough affordable housing to keep pace with demand continues to be a challenge. This has led to the formation of numerous collaborative efforts across the country focused on developing the financial tools and the political will to increase the production of affordable housing, particularly in high-access neighborhoods well served by transit.
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A 2012 study by the National Association of Home Builders shows that affordable housing not only helps people in need, it also pumps millions of dollars into the economy and creates hundreds of jobs. The study, by NAHB senior economist Elliot Eisenberg,…
Editor's Note: As Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan is quoted as saying in this excerpt from Are We There Yet?, “The cost of putting housing and jobs in the wrong place, relative to transportation, is huge - not just in environmental costs, not just because people are spending more on their commutes, but also because of the cost of this growth over the long term.” With that point in mind, this section of the report highlights the importance of understanding and proactively addressing potential displacement pressures in transit-oriented communities to ensure that the people that need transit the most, and use transit the most, can continue to live in those communities if they so desire. The suburbanization of poverty, the potential expiration of Section 8 vouchers near transit, and the loss of affordable market-rate rental housing near transit are all trends that add to the challenge of providing quality affordable housing in locations with good access to the…