Content about affordable living

The problems of success in the new urban era

Cities face challenges associated with rising values, an influx of more educated residents, and gentrification. Here's what cities can do.

Form-based codes: What's the deal?

The community gets walkable neighborhoods with affordable housing—developers get a streamlined approval process.

Missing Middle Housing Takes Off in Michigan with First-Ever Design Competition

The first-ever 2015 Michigan Missing Middle Housing Design Competition challenges architects, designers, and urban planners nationwide to come up with innovative solutions for affordable housing options that offer a walkable lifestyle. The competition will be judged by an elite group of jurors, including  Daniel Parolek of Opticos Design.

Why small will go big in 2015

An urge to new thinking comes at the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, when the Katrina Cottages were used to address a combination of issues: sustainability, affordability, and right-sized living. 

A new era in affordable transportation

Place-based transportation is key to helping economically struggling families, and until recently this idea has been underappreciated.

Placemaking is critical for the local economy

Do you want your community to thrive in the future? If so, placemaking is a key to making that happen.

Why San Francisco, New York and DC may be more affordable than you thought

Highly enlightening new data demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types.

A run-down alley is transformed with micro-shops

The conversion of an alley to utilitarian shopfronts is "dragging civilization westward a block" in downtown Ithaca, the developer says.

We need small houses

Investments in small, starter homes used to be the catalyst for neighborhood growth. Our historic neighborhoods are filled with examples of this.

Do we need affordable housing or affordable living?

Two primary strategies will help to achieve affordable living: Reduce household transportation costs and support smaller living spaces.

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