From 1971 to 2008, only five states passed legislation enabling land banks; but in the last six years, another eight have done so. As vacancies and blight have plagued parts of the United States still recovering from recession and the mortgage foreclosure crisis, so too has land banking grown into a national movement. There are now some 120 land banks and land-banking programs in 13 states, with West Virginia joining the list in 2014.Read More
The United States is undergoing a “pivotal period of demographic change” that will be as important to the 21st century as the baby boom was to the 20th century, according to William H. Frey, demographer for the Brookings Institution and author of Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America.
While the insurance industry is developing new risk standards for natural disasters, according to a ULI white paper, the real estate sector and governments also must play an active role in climate change adaptation
Could San Francisco’s landlords finance badly needed earthquake retrofits by converting garages into “granny flats” while also adding badly needed affordable housing?
In an excerpt from his 2013 John T. Dunlop Lecture, J. Ronald Terwilliger suggests society should focus less on subsidizing higher-income homeowners and more on helping lower-income renters, as well as low-wealth homebuyers.
How public and private sector leaders are partnering to fix the Motor City.
The influence of climate change could offset the benefits of better data when governments map the areas at risk.
While voters were deciding on control of the U.S. Congress and several state houses, they were also voting on 146 ballot measures, many of which benefited plans for smarter growth and green space.
In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote multimodal transportation, and create a diversity of land uses, California has enacted a bill that will alter the way that transportation impacts are evaluated under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
The U.S. Surgeon General urged land use professionals to partner with him in his nationwide campaign to curb the rise of chronic diseases and obesity and to encourage a physically active lifestyle, in a talk at the National Institutes of Health.