Not In My City

“You can work here, but don’t think about living here.”

This is the mantra of affluent cities relying on less affluent cities to provide for their affordable housing needs.

From the piece:

“Manteca is Brentwood’s affordable housing plan…. All of the solutions being discussed were essentially aimed at solving the affordable housing of Bay Area cities and not that of Manteca.”

https://www.mantecabulletin.com/opinion/local-columns/manteca-needs-affordable-housing-manteca-and-not-brentwood/

Peter Bailey: The Unsung Hero of “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Peter Bailey is a boss, the unsung hero of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He knows his purpose in life.

From the script:

“You know, George, I feel that in a small way we are doing something important. Satisfying a fundamental urge. It’s deep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and fireplace, and we’re helping him get those things in our shabby little office.”

And another quote:

“Just remember this, Mr. Potter: that this rabble you’re talking about, they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath?”

Be like Peter Bailey.

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Davidson’s Landing Apartment Homes

Introducing Davidson’s Landing Apartment Homes, the first of a new generation of Zero Energy Ready workforce housing developments built with structural insulated panels. The development, which is located in Kansas City, KS and includes 2- and 3-bedroom units ranging from 30% to 80% of Area Median Income, is sponsored by Tartan Residential, Hughes Development Corporation, and BCCM Construction Management. Construction for this 115-unit tax-exempt bond development is scheduled for Q1 2021.

http://davidsonslanding.com/

Putting a Face on the Workforce Housing Problem in the United States

The lack of workforce housing affects millions of Americans each and every day.
From the piece:

“Jeff Emerick was born and raised in the scenic, tourist destination and resort area that is Blaine County…. Emerick left Blaine County for a short while, only to return when he was offered a job at the Ketchum Fire Department.

The station requires its workers to live nearby, as an emergency could happen at any point. Unfortunately, Emerick could not afford the costly price of rent in Ketchum or surrounding cities.”

https://boisedev.com/news/2020/10/21/theres-no-affordable-housing-a-look-at-affordability-homelessness-in-blaine-county/

The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME)

“The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is a classic apprenticeship program that combines classroom learning with paid on-the-job experience, teaching skills in demand across an industry. A new report by Opportunity America president Tamar Jacoby and Brookings Institution senior fellow emeritus Ron Haskins draws on focus groups, an online survey and data from the state of Kentucky to shed light on the program and its outcomes for apprentices. Data show that FAME graduates in Kentucky earn between 60 percent and 100 percent more than other career and technical education graduates from the same community colleges. The message for policymakers: earn-and-learn training works, and the nation should redouble its efforts to take the model to scale.”

https://opportunityamericaonline.org/kyfame/

Civic Rent Beer Brewed to Aid Workforce Housing Relief Fund

“Barnstable Brewing, Housing Assistance Corporation, and Shepley Wood Products have partnered to offer the Civic Rent lager to Cape Cod residents and to benefit a good cause.

HAC launched the Workforce Housing Relief Fund in April as a way to aid the community during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Now, a portion of the proceeds from the beer sales will go towards that fund.”

https://www.capecod.com/newscenter/civic-rent-beer-brewed-to-aid-hacs-workforce-housing-relief-fund/

Market Urbanism: A Free Market Approach to Land Use & Planning

“Market Urbanism examines how market forces and respect for property rights enable complex, yet vibrant and economically robust communities and regions to emerge through the ‘spontaneous order’ of the land use and transportation marketplace. When left to market forces, as opposed to intervention, land use patterns and transportation systems better reflect the diverse needs and desires of individuals in society. Such a society would be economically and environmentally more efficient and just than when imposed in a top-down fashion by government.

‘Market Urbanism’ refers to the synthesis of classical liberal economics and ethics (market), with an appreciation of the urban way of life and its benefits to society (urbanism). We advocate for the emergence of bottom up solutions to urban issues, as opposed to ones imposed from the top down.”

https://marketurbanism.com/about