Housing: A Conclusion

So, what’s next then? Housing is not yet a crisis for our region, but our economies require housing for workforce needs and incomes of all levels. We should endeavor to provide housing for all before it becomes a crisis. Based on last weeks’ blog, the answer starts with addressing density and mobility; and ends with equitable access. Zoning is also a significant part of the solution, looking past exclusionary zoning disguised as “quality of life” and allowing communities to develop naturally and equitably.

We’ve also found that Housing has a critical relationship between personal well-being and health. Whatever solution we craft, it must be nice. It should extend beyond the stereotype of “affordable” and be a place folks want to be ‑ either through amenities or sense of community. As author of A House is Not Just a House Tatiana Bilbao states, “We can’t forget housing is a human right. Houses are not just for sale. Houses are for people, and we have to think of them first.” 

We’ve covered a lot over the five previous posts.  We’ve talked about the stereotype of “affordability”, changing communities and gentrification, homelessness, building and zoning strategies for providing housing and presented a variety of “real life” case studies.

Do you want to know more about some of the ideas we’ve referenced in this housing series? We’ve cultivated a good list of links, that you can use to learn more! We also want to know what you thought of our housing discussion, please comment, like and share! How can we make a difference? How can we shape discussions and the architecture of housing in our region?  Let us know what you think.

Reference Links:

2040 planning and development grants | Metro

A Bridge Home

A Tale of Two Cities: McColl Center + the North Tryon Corridor

A village of mini-houses for the poor and homeless proposed in Minneapolis

Affordable Housing’s Forever Solution

Affordable treasures

Architects Respond to Rising Interest in Accessory Dwellings

Architects Tackle "Bridge" Housing

Aspire House - Process Architecture

Austin's Bad Party: The Failure of CodeNEXT

Breaking Ground

Can Minneapolis’s radical rezoning be a national model?

Co-Dwell ‑ Design for Attainable Housing

Creating homes, curing blight

Crowdfunding and Opportunity Zones Joining Forces in Philadelphia Project

Fast, (not) Cheap, and Out of Control’s infill the solution to San Francisco’s housing affordability crisis?

Flawed Findings: How NYC's Approach to Measuring Displacement Risk Fails Communities

Gentrification: A Timeline

Gentrification's Effect on Urban Communities

Horizon Community Accelerator Resources

Interview with Rosanne Haggerty ‑ founder of Common Ground Community

La Mas

Living in the U.S.: At What Cost?

Making A More Affordable San Francisco

Minimum Wages Can't Pay for a 2-Bedroom Apartment Anywhere

Much-Awaited Guidelines Opening the Opportunity Zone Floodgates

NLIHC to Release the 2018 Out of Reach Report on June 13

Nowhere to Go: Homelessness among formerly incarcerated people

Oakland at Home: Recommendations for Implementing A Roadmap Toward Equity From the Oakland Housing Cabinet

San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund

San Francisco Sets a New Tech Trend: Tax the Companies

So You Want to Change Zoning to Allow for More Housing

Summary of Recent Changes to ADU Laws in California

The Housing Crisis in New York

The Housing Crisis in Oakland

The Housing Crisis in Orlando

The Other Affordable Housing Option — Strong Towns

The Yves Béhar-Designed ADU and the Complicated Altruism of the “Fully-Customizable Prefab”

Three Cheers for Minneapolis

Urban Land Institute’s Recommendations on Mitigating Homelessness in Los Angeles