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From left to right: Jessica B. Zimbabwe /NLC Rose Center for Public Leadership , Marty Walsh, Mayor of Boston, Ethan Strimling, Mayor of Portland Maine, Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Mayoral Leadership for New England’s Diverse Housing Needs. ULI, Building for a Changing World Boston.

New England Mayors Facing Cities’ Affordable Housing Shortage

Despite a regional economy that is faring better than that in much of the country, many of New England’s major cities are struggling to provide enough affordable housing for their middle-income workforce.

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From left to right: Andrew Jakabovics, senior director of policy development  and research at Enterprise Community Partners;  Pamela Hughes Patenaude, president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families; Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition; and Laura Kusisto, Wall Street Journal reporter, speaking at the ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in Boston.

Four Solutions for Housing Cost-Burdened Families

In February, Enterprise Community Partners unveiled an ambitious policy platform that is intended to improve the lives and outcomes of housing-insecure families.

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Boosting Innovation and Density Is the Future for Japan’s Cities

Mitigating the population issues facing Japan, and further developing its cities to meet the demands of the future, were discussed by panelists at the recent ULI Japan Spring Conference in Tokyo. Takeshi Natsuno, professor at the Keio University school of media and governance, said Japan’s government should cease spending in areas without a certain density of population.

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Japan Copes with Shifting Demands in Tourism

Japan welcomed just under 20 million visitors last year and is targeting 40 million arrivals by 2020, the year Tokyo holds the Summer Olympics. ULI members attending the event at the Tokyo Midtown conference center heard that the Japanese government is having trouble keeping up with the pace of change in the tourism industry. For example, due to licensing requirements, 99 percent of Airbnb apartment owners in Japan are breaking the law.

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