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FastCompany

Adele Peters

12 December 2018

Vallejo, California, United States

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Development companies like FactoryOS have turned to industrial manufacturing and 3D printing in an attempt to hasten development timelines and reduce city and civilian costs. Construction crews build entire apartment ...

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Audrey McGlinchy

14 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Housing voucher programs provide assistance to those who make too much to qualify for Section 8 housing, but whose wages can’t keep up with rent in their cities. Denver, Colorado, is addressing the financial burden of...

Bloomberg CityLab

Deborah Nicholls-Lee

12 November 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Residents of a street in Amsterdam called Zeedijk took it upon themselves to rid the street of heroin abuse and blight by creating a public-private real-estate partnership. The partnership rehabilitated the street whi...

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MJ Galbraith

19 October 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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When Chase L. Cantrell realized the overwhelming majority of development financing in a Detroit real estate project was going to white, wealthy developers, he opted to create a program that would train developers who ...

The Guardian

Mattha Busby

25 September 2018

Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

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There are an estimated over 200,000 vacant homes across England, and Community Campus 87 is one group attempting to bring those homes back to life. By employing apprentices, some who have experienced homelessness, to ...

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Adele Peters

21 September 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Chris Finlay, who manages a real estate company in Washington, D.C., decided to try hiring homeless people to work in his buildings. His goal was to provide a job alongside significantly discounted housing as a benefi...

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Eillie Anzilotti

15 August 2018

Newburgh, New York, United States

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In New York, an intentional form of housing development is keeping affordability in mind. Neighbors for Neighborhoods provides funding for locals to redevelop blighted property from land banks and rent it out as affor...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 August 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A unique financial set up in Portland has led to the creation of the East Portland Community Investment Trust, in which residents in four local zip codes can invest small amounts of money into local projects, specific...

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Gregory Scruggs

7 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Central District, a historically black neighborhood in Seattle, is getting a makeover to better align it with its roots. Africatown is a nonprofit community land trust that is using its influence to bring Afrocentric ...

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Emily Nonko

1 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Two Detroit-based entrepreneurs are determined to help minority youth become stakeholders in community real estate development. Targeting communities that experience gentrification, Project Destined empowers young stu...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

19 July 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In an attempt to increase housing for the homeless in L.A. in a financially sustainable way, FlyAway Homes has started several projects to build homeless housing supported by private investment. Fifty six investors wi...

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Dorothy Hernandez

19 June 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Saldiver-Ali, cofounder of AGI Construction in Detroit, sees construction as “the first step to community development and sustainability.” The company lives out this mission by engaging with long-time residents. Most ...

Yes! Magazine

Adam Lynch

15 June 2018

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In Jackson, Mississippi, a series of community-led cooperatives are creating opportunities for affordable home ownership. This is part of a trend across the country to create community land trusts. They are financed t...

Bloomberg CityLab

Ben Ikenson

14 June 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A new trend is transforming old motels into new affordable housing units. NewLife Homes, a real estate group, first turned the Sundowner motel in Albuquerque into apartment units reserved for low-income people, former...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

8 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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SHARE, or Self-Help and Recovery Exchange, is a nonprofit organization that “places extremely low-income people into market-rate housing by matching renters two to a bedroom.” The model depends on renters being able t...

The Guardian

Daniel Boffey

6 June 2018

Eindhoven, Netherlands

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After facing a shortage of bricklayers, the Netherlands found a housing solution which also doubled as a way of cutting development costs and damage to the environmental. Project Milestone, a development that creates ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

6 June 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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Swamped by short-term vacation rentals, Barcelona pushed Airbnb to share data with government officials and help ensure that only licensed properties are listed on the site. The agreement offers a model for how other ...

BBC

Emily Kasriel

26 April 2018

Toronto, Canada

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The Regent Park neighborhood in Toronto is now home to a mixed income housing development project in which residents of different income groups are living alongside one another. It’s also bringing a private developer ...

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Jennifer Guay

25 April 2018

Saint Kitts and Nevis

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An increasingly popular way to attract foreign direct investment is to let the world’s wealthiest trade cash and property investments for citizenship. The $2 billion-a-year industry allows the ultra-rich to buy passpo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 April 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Shift Capital, a mission-driven real estate group in Philadelphia, tried a new tactic to bring business back to an old neighborhood. The Kensington Avenue Storefront Challenge asked businesses to apply for open storef...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

2 April 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A new program in a Philadelphia neighborhood is offering opportunities for locals to curb gentrification. Gentrification occurs when outside developers come to an area and change it without leaving room for locals to ...

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Courtney McNaull

15 March 2018

Ashland, Ohio, United States

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In Ashland, a pump factory turned into Pump House Ministries. However, after facing several fires and unfortunate tax trouble, the non-profit handed most of its property over to the local government. The city and char...

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Gregory Scruggs

19 December 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle's real estate prices continue to rise, the city looks to Vancouver, BC's attempted solutions as a way to tackle affordable housing. While many responses in Vancouver need adjustment and correction, the city...

Mountain Independent

Amy Westervelt

28 November 2017

Tahoe City, California, United States

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Lake Tahoe has been revered by planners as an area whose poor development was successfully halted with the creation of the Tahoe Regional Planning Association (TRPA). Now the TRPA has brought together a development r...

CalMatters

Matt Levin

13 September 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The California Legislature, inspired by a decades-old Massachusetts affordable housing bill, recently passed SB 35. However, a few differences distinguish the two bills. In Massachusetts, the 40B bill fast-tracks deve...

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