‘New Urbanism’ Hits the Suburbs
The Wall Street Journal — October 23, 2014
Long Island, whose neat rows of single-family homes came to symbolize the American dream in postwar suburbia, is showing signs of change. For 36 years, Marlene Leichter and her husband, Morty, have lived in the same sprawling three-level house in Great Neck, but now they have had enough of traditional suburban life.
EPA Invites Communities to Apply for Assistance to Build Resilience, Pursue Revitalization
EPA.Gov — October 23, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday invited communities to apply for technical assistance to implement smart growth development approaches. EPA is offering this technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program to help communities across the country, including underserved communities, coastal communities, small cities and rural areas, adopt sustainable growth strategies.
The Case for Trailer Parks
The Atlantic — October 24, 2014
The snobs among us may judge these pre-fab homes as shoddily built, cheap eyesores in a country that’s increasingly eschewing the suburbs for walkable urban areas. But pre-fabricated homes just might be part of the solution to America’s affordable housing crisis.
Six Ways to Free Up Land for Desperately Needed Housing
Businessweek — October 23, 2014
Perfectly good lots aren’t being developed for homes, even though hundreds of millions of people worldwide live in homes that are unsafe, inadequate, or barely affordable, says a new report by McKinsey Global Institute. Even in densely populated New York City, the report says, one of every 10 acres of land zoned for residential development is vacant. “Unlocking land supply at the right location is the most critical step in providing affordable housing,” the report’s authors write.
Amtrak Considers Selling Real Estate for Development
Bloomberg — October 23, 2014
Amtrak will consider selling or leasing real estate it owns in New York, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago and Philadelphia as part of a plan to raise money, the U.S. passenger rail operator’s chairman said. The intercity railroad needs funds to keep up with a system that has seen record ridership, Chairman Anthony Coscia said during a panel discussion at a Manhattan conference sponsored by the Urban Land Institute. Among the sites under review is Sunnyside Yard in western Queens, which is used by Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit.