Tag: Built Assets & Housing
Revisiting the Community Land Trust: An Academic Literature Review
Housing costs and supply are dominating the news at the moment. Housing is the highest monthly bill typical Americans face, reaching an average of $1674 a month in 2021. Housing prices have increased far faster than incomes (Miller 2015), making affordable homeownership inaccessible for many aspiri … Continued
CED and Affordable Housing: How Does Manufactured Housing Fit In?
This headline from last week would naturally grab the attention of any CED professional: “Affordable mobile homes are disappearing in Asheville; code change could bring some back.” Housing is a basic issue for anyone interested in CED. Behind the headline are a host of issues that both foster hope i … Continued
New CED Data Resources Keep Rolling Out: The Opportunity Atlas, The Eviction Lab, Every Building in America and A Look Back to How Data Can Help in Disaster Recovery
Data are clearly no longer the purview of academics and government officials writing research reports with five pages of text and one hundred appendixes. This post focuses briefly on several amazing datasets that are available with detailed information for CED professionals, as well as a reminder … Continued
Hidden in Plain Sight
Mobile homes are a vital but generally unloved part of North Carolina’s affordable housing stock. They come to public attention in times of extreme weather, particularly high winds and floods. Their condition and location make them especially vulnerable to damage, and often their occupants – the eld … Continued
Property Buy-Outs: A Good Option for Local Governments and Homeowners?
The devastating impact of flooding is once more in the public spotlight following the unprecedented rainfall from Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Nearer to home, residents in Princeville, Fair Bluff, Seven Springs, Windsor, Kinston and Lumberton NC are planning how to build stronger and safer after Hurri … Continued
Live Long and Prosper: Does CED Impact How Long We Live?
I often think about ways in which local government matters in the daily lives of citizens. This month, a major study was released showing how local conditions, and community and economic development, infrastructure, and planning in particular, may have a direct impact on the most basic quality of li … Continued
Local Government Strategies for Mitigating the Risks of Flooding
With six feet (and counting) of snow on the ground in Boston, the only thing that local officials should fear as much or more than more snow is a heat wave. If it doesn’t melt slowly, communities and homeowners will have to deal with significant flooding. In an area as developed as the Boston metro, … Continued
Student Corner: Tackling Blight & Vacancy: An Update on Durham’s Demolition Lien Program
In 2010, you might have read a post on our blog regarding tools available to local governments for dealing with foreclosures. The economic crisis resulted in a record number of foreclosures in North Carolina, leaving vacant properties in its wake. Four options available to local governments to tackl … Continued
Student Corner: Public Private Partnerships led the way in Asheville’s revitalization
We have all heard the story: A new shopping center opens. Downtown businesses leave. People follow in pursuit. Downtown dies. Today, many of these once extinct downtowns are thriving. Communities are investing in their downtowns because they know a vibrant downtown is key to attracting new businesse … Continued
Investing in Energy Efficiency Projects…when someone else is paying the bill
There are quite a few energy efficiency projects that pay themselves back in energy savings in a matter of years, sometimes months. According to my freshman college environmental studies professor, these projects are better than a free lunch; they’re “a lunch that you’re paid to eat.” Yet, if a pr … Continued