All posts by Mark Olshaker

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Modular Makes Its Mark

More than a half century ago, in what would become the major theme exhibition for the 1967 Montreal World Exposition, Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie created a 12-story urban neighborhood on the bank of the Saint Lawrence River out of modular, precast concrete blocks lifted into place by cranes.

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Mass. Supremes Uphold Right of First Refusal

The Federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit statute provides that after the decade in which all tax credits have been claimed, and the 15-year compliance period in which they are no longer subject to recapture, the nonprofit partner generally has the right of first refusal to buy the property at a favorable price when an offer is made by a third-party.

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Storm Warnings

Back in the 1990s, I was hired to write an IMAX film entitled Stormchasers, about the men and women who pursue and study “big weather.”

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CASE STUDY: All the Folks & All the Credits

When the Coffelt-Lamoreaux public housing project was built in 1953 for veterans returning from the Korean War and migrant seasonal agricultural workers, its 38-acre site on the southwest corner of Buckeye Road and 19th Avenue was considered country by locals and wasn’t even within the Phoenix, AZ city limits.

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Visit to a Safe Haven

HUD’s HOPE VI program was developed to deal with severely distressed public housing through three critical factors: physical improvement, management improvement and social and community services.

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Teacher Housing

It’s a well-known problem in many areas of the country: A pernicious combination of high land values, mounting construction costs, super-gentrification and lagging wages have conspired to put decent housing out of reach for the workforce on which the increasingly affluent community depends.

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The Bird Flies Again

The year 1962 saw the opening of the two most exhilarating architectural symbols of the dawning jet age: Dulles International Airport, serving Washington, DC in Chantilly, VA, and the Trans World Airlines Flight Center at Idlewild (now John F. Kennedy) Airport in Queens, NY.

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Align Seeks to Fill Funding Gaps

“We’ve developed, owned and operated affordable housing since 1994,” says Michael Costa of Align Finance Partners. “Now, as it has become progressively more difficult to produce housing for families and seniors of lesser means, we have created a new debt product to help finance the preservation and development of desperately needed affordable housing.”

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