affordable housing

The argument for ending single-family zoning

By Rayla Bellis An article in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association makes a case for getting rid of single-family zoning in U.S. cities. The authors, professors at UCLA’s Department of Urban Planning, argue that single-family zoning (often called “R1” zoning)

Transit-oriented development, VMT, and induced gentrification

By Saumya Jain In the last two decades, transit-oriented development (TOD) has become more than just a “jargony buzz phrase” and has caused the housing market to explode near transit hubs. Many cities are focusing their future development plans around transit connectivity, encouraging people

Latinos are being pushed to urban edges, rural areas with few transportation options

By Robbie Webber A study by researchers at UT Health San Antonio details the barriers that Latinos in the U.S. face because of poor access to transportation options. Inadequate transit options, unreliable or spotty schedules, long commutes, and a geographic mismatch between jobs and affordable

The cost and inequity of children’s access to opportunity

By Michael Brenneis Housing and transportation are the two biggest expenses for average households in the United States, and geographic location has a significant impact on these costs. But living in areas with affordable housing and transportation is not enough to assure that children will

Planners reevaluate parking requirements for affordable housing

By Brian Lutenegger The most recent issue of Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association, examines how cutting parking requirements can also improve the supply of affordable housing. Minneapolis lowered multifamily parking requirements in some neighborhoods and the market

How Denver and Seattle are working to preserve affordable housing near transit

By Rayla Bellis The Denver and Seattle regions are experiencing a challenge common to a number of cities around the country: despite an influx of transit-oriented development projects, much of that new housing is unaffordable to the people who rely on transit the most. In a recent guest post for

Seattle’s parking reforms

By Rayla Bellis The Seattle City Council passed a number of parking reforms earlier this month to further support the city’s ongoing efforts to become less car-oriented, advance local climate change goals, and reduce housing costs in the city. Seattle is one of many cities to recognize that its

California blocks parking requirements where housing needs aren’t met

By Chris McCahill In an effort to streamline affordable housing development, a new California law (SB-35) will preclude cities from requiring parking on certain projects, beginning January 1. As the New York Times recently reported, zoning ordinances such as parking requirements are central to

700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking

By Chris McCahill A new study finds that garage parking costs the average renter an additional $1,700 per year (17 percent) nationwide. For the average carless renter, the extra cost of unused parking is $621 per year (13 percent). That amounts to $440 million in losses across more than 700,000

Not so affordable HUD homes

By Bill Holloway A recent study by researchers at Florida Atlantic University found that 44 percent of HUD-subsidized households spend at least 15 percent of their income on transportation. In their Housing + Transportation Index the Center for Neighborhood Technology uses 15 percent of area