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Erdmann Housing Tracker β€’ 379 implied HN points β€’ 03 Mar 24
  1. Missing middle housing developments can be more impactful in addressing housing affordability issues than previously thought.
  2. Simply advocating for 'build more' without considering the complexity and various factors at play may not fully address housing supply constraints.
  3. Increasing the construction of 'missing middle' housing units significantly could play a crucial role in normalizing the American housing market and addressing housing shortages.
Erdmann Housing Tracker β€’ 252 implied HN points β€’ 14 Mar 24
  1. Economists often overemphasize the productivity of cities as the reason for expensive housing, leading to misdiagnoses and biases.
  2. High income gains have been observed in cities that didn't experience significant growth in housing units, challenging the concept of agglomeration economies.
  3. Income disparities among cities have increased over time, with a significant impact from Closed Access displacement, showing the importance of considering factors beyond productivity in city assessments.
The New Urban Order β€’ 199 implied HN points β€’ 04 Mar 24
  1. There is a significant increase in multifamily housing supply, signaling a potential tipping point in the housing industry.
  2. Cities like Minneapolis that have increased housing supply are seeing a decrease in rent prices, showcasing the impact of supply and demand in the housing market.
  3. The increase in housing supply across the U.S. is leading to declines in rent prices in many major markets, demonstrating the effectiveness of increasing supply to address housing affordability.
Trevor Klee’s Newsletter β€’ 2611 implied HN points β€’ 05 Apr 23
  1. Tulsa, Oklahoma is experiencing positive transformations due to the efforts of wealthy individuals and community foundations.
  2. The Tulsa Tomorrow program aims to attract young Jewish individuals to Tulsa by offering job opportunities, social events, and resources to fulfill their dreams.
  3. Wealthy individuals in Tulsa have made significant investments to improve the city, showing visible impact in contrast to certain bureaucratic challenges faced by other cities.
Erdmann Housing Tracker β€’ 168 implied HN points β€’ 01 Mar 24
  1. About 30-40% of people don't believe increasing housing supply will lower prices or rents.
  2. In cities with limited housing supply, population growth can lead to decreased housing availability, impacting affordability.
  3. Cities that don't build enough housing can have negative impacts on low-income residents, forcing displacement and exacerbating housing affordability issues.
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The Discourse Lounge β€’ 204 HN points β€’ 17 Feb 24
  1. Berkeley is considering a zoning reform that would allow for over 100,000 additional homes, making it one of the largest zoning changes in the U.S. per capita.
  2. The city's historical use of exclusionary zoning kept out non-rich and minority residents but is now facing a significant shift to allow for 'Missing Middle' housing.
  3. Proposed changes aim to remove density limits, increase affordable housing options, consider fire safety, and encourage alternative transportation methods like cycling and public transit.
Model Thinking β€’ 259 implied HN points β€’ 07 Jan 24
  1. Replacing process-based regulations with outcome-based regulations can help boost British growth in sectors like childcare, energy, and housing
  2. Introducing Mandatory Insurance Schemes in sectors with low-probability, high-downside events can incentivize safety compliance and ensure victims get compensated
  3. Outcome-based regulations can lead to cost-effective safety procedures, technological innovation, and more resilient policy reforms, thereby helping Britain move forward in various industries
The New Urban Order β€’ 119 implied HN points β€’ 19 Feb 24
  1. Experienced investors are seizing the opportunity to acquire distressed office buildings due to significant investment momentum and low prices.
  2. Cities are offering incentives like tax abatements and low-interest loans to encourage the purchase and conversion of office buildings into residential spaces.
  3. Cities could benefit by investing in distressed office buildings themselves to shape the future of their urban landscapes and prevent missed opportunities, similar to what happened after the Great Financial Crisis.
cryptoeconomy β€’ 943 implied HN points β€’ 15 Jul 23
  1. Empty office buildings pose a threat to regional banks who heavily invest in commercial real estate.
  2. The decline of America's biggest cities is exacerbated by poor governance and loss of tax revenue.
  3. Fleeing businesses and middle class residents drain urban areas, leading to a vicious cycle of economic decline.
Erdmann Housing Tracker β€’ 210 implied HN points β€’ 09 Jan 24
  1. High home prices are driven by inertia and displacement, not aspiration or excitement.
  2. Households prioritize staying close to amenities and jobs over saving on housing costs.
  3. Obstructions to building homes contribute to rising prices, with private equity single-family investment firms filling the gap.
Erdmann Housing Tracker β€’ 84 implied HN points β€’ 20 Feb 24
  1. The Case-Shiller home price index shows Miami hitting new highs while San Francisco has been declining.
  2. Both San Francisco and Miami have low housing production, with Miami consistently slightly higher in construction than San Francisco.
  3. San Francisco's construction activity seems to be waning, despite expectations for increased housing due to YIMBY wins and new state laws.
The Leftovers β€’ 119 implied HN points β€’ 29 Jan 24
  1. Pubs are important social spaces that foster community, diversity, and human connection. The disappearance of pubs in London reflects a broader issue of losing social spaces in cities.
  2. The Rochester Castle, despite being a Wetherspoon, has historical significance and unique charm that has made it a cherished gathering place for diverse locals.
  3. The potential sale of the Rochester Castle threatens to displace many regulars, including vulnerable groups like pensioners, highlighting the negative impact of commercial decisions on community interaction and well-being.
The New Urban Order β€’ 279 implied HN points β€’ 09 Oct 23
  1. Converting office buildings into co-living spaces can help address social challenges like loneliness and offer more housing options.
  2. Co-living is a shared living model that emphasizes intentional community through communal spaces and activities.
  3. Co-living has the potential to be a source of affordable housing, cater to different demographics like seniors and digital nomads, and could be aligned with co-working spaces for a more integrated urban living experience.
The New Urban Order β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 12 Dec 23
  1. The author is looking to engage with their audience through new ways like podcasts and events in 2024.
  2. The publication features a diverse range of subscribers with unique backgrounds and focuses, such as urban housing design, homelessness initiatives, and carbon footprint awareness.
  3. There is a call for readers to share their thoughts and preferences through a short survey, encouraging engagement with the publication.
Erdmann Housing Tracker β€’ 63 implied HN points β€’ 28 Sep 23
  1. In expensive cities, people oppose public amenities because they can lead to displacement when bundled with scarce housing.
  2. A city's housing demand can be categorized into shelter, neighborhood amenities, metropolitan area scarcity, and endowments.
  3. Metro area scarcity causes prices to rise uniformly across neighborhoods, impacting affordability for households with lower incomes.
Erdmann Housing Tracker β€’ 105 implied HN points β€’ 03 May 23
  1. The cost of housing in a city with ample supply is determined by resident incomes and allows for comfortable spending.
  2. In cities with housing shortages, the cost of housing is determined by other residents' incomes, leading to displacement and competition.
  3. Constructing new market rate housing can help flatten the cost of housing for all income levels and break the chain of displacement.
On Solarpunk β€’ 78 implied HN points β€’ 20 Jun 23
  1. Freiburg, Germany has sustainable neighborhoods like Vauban and Rieselfeld with eco-friendly designs and low car usage.
  2. In the US, there are few similar projects to Freiburg like Ithaca's Ecovillage and Culdesac Tempe, showcasing alternatives to traditional housing.
  3. Community involvement and advocacy played a crucial role in shaping Vauban's development, showcasing the importance of public engagement in sustainable housing projects.
Parachute β€’ 39 implied HN points β€’ 16 Feb 23
  1. Infrastructure and climate solutions often go unnoticed when they work well, but stand out when they fail.
  2. District cooling is like neighborhood-wide air conditioning and can lead to lower utility bills and help prevent power outages.
  3. District cooling plants offer benefits like space-saving, resilience to power outages, and should be celebrated as an efficient climate solution.
Wooly's Post Repository β€’ 19 implied HN points β€’ 23 Jul 23
  1. The data on housing prices and construction can be confusing and counterintuitive, leading to difficulties in drawing clear conclusions.
  2. YIMBY goals require a significant amount of construction to impact housing prices, but achieving such high construction rates can be challenging.
  3. Confidence in real estate research should be lowered due to the complexity and potential errors in the data, making it important to approach conclusions with caution.
Exasperated Infrastructures β€’ 12 implied HN points β€’ 18 Jul 23
  1. Transportation planning needs to prioritize community input and engagement to build successful projects.
  2. Traditional linear planning methods may not consider the holistic impact on communities.
  3. Effective transportation projects require rethinking project goals to focus on safety, dignity, and community needs.
Urben Field Notes β€’ 10 implied HN points β€’ 12 Apr 23
  1. Pioneering freeway removal projects are being completed, but more difficult challenges remain
  2. There's a need for a stronger response to concerns about displacement and gentrification in freeway removal projects
  3. There is a lack of attention on the pollution and public health impacts of urban freeways, requiring clear data for advocacy
let them eat cake β€’ 59 implied HN points β€’ 21 Aug 21
  1. Property rights in real estate are distributed in ways that differ from typical property, with value determined by the surrounding environment.
  2. Restaurants play a significant role in gentrifying neighborhoods, contributing to their perceived desirability and financial value.
  3. Developers often provide incentives for restaurants to move in, as it can increase the overall value of the property and provide branding for the neighborhood.
Arpitrage β€’ 1 HN point β€’ 05 Nov 23
  1. Cities are considering converting older office buildings to residential spaces to address urban challenges like reduced foot traffic, high carbon emissions, and housing affordability.
  2. Local and federal policymakers play vital roles in facilitating these office to residential conversions through regulatory changes, property tax relief, and financial incentives.
  3. Conversions may face challenges due to interest rate shifts, building constraints, and alternative real estate uses, but proactive measures can help make them financially viable.
Madhur’s Writings β€’ 3 HN points β€’ 16 Feb 23
  1. The shift to remote work due to Covid has negatively impacted small businesses in downtown areas.
  2. Tech layoffs and remote work culture are contributing to the decline of social aspects and liveliness in big cities.
  3. Analogies to the Rust Belt area show how remote work could lead to population decline and decline in city vibrancy.
The Charlotte Ledger β€’ 0 implied HN points β€’ 26 Jan 24
  1. Charlotte's Lower South End neighborhood, LoSo, has evolved into a vibrant area with new entertainment and dining options.
  2. The Station at LoSo is a mixed-use development bringing living, retail, and office spaces to the neighborhood.
  3. The Flyover Friday video series provides an aerial view of Charlotte's growth and development.
Urben Field Notes β€’ 0 implied HN points β€’ 08 Mar 23
  1. Charlotte's Blue Line light rail has transformed the city with new neighborhoods and development.
  2. Value capture in transit planning could have financially benefited the public more in Charlotte.
  3. City policies in Charlotte missed opportunities to generate funds from the success of the Blue Line and support affordable housing.
Do Not Research β€’ 0 implied HN points β€’ 15 Feb 22
  1. The artwork 'Vessel Franchise' by Theo Belci aims to critique gentrification and corporate influence on art in New York City, turning real-estate brochures into art pieces.
  2. The project consists of three images and a memo that satirize the impact of large-scale art projects on affordable living spaces and countercultural development in the city.
  3. Theo Belci's work reflects on the continuous transformation of New York City, highlighting the push towards soulless corporate construction over artistic and community-oriented spaces.