All posts by Scott Beyer

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Housing USA: The NIMBY/YIMBY Age Gap

Many polarities have been drawn in the NIMBY vs. YIMBY debate over whether or not to build more housing. It’s seen as a battle between rich and poor, homeowners and renters, white people and ethnic minorities and those with suburban versus urban mindsets.

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Housing USA: Miami

If U.S. cities want to create far more quality affordable units on public housing sites, they’ll need to follow two strategies: The first is to leverage funds from HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, since it has become the main funding mechanism to repair and manage old public housing.

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Housing USA: The Rural PHA

When people hear “housing agency,” they likely envision a big city bureaucracy in New York or Philadelphia. But for each of those, there are numerous smaller agencies that serve tiny cities nationwide.

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“Ellis Island of Healthcare”

There has long been an eyesore on the Near West Side of Chicago: the Old Cook County hospital building. The majestic facility, once known for serving Chicago’s downtrodden population, has been closed since 2002, creating blight in the area.

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SF-RAD Revisited

In 2015, San Francisco approved the largest privatization of public housing in U.S. history. The city decided to convert all of its government-run complexes into ones that would be repaired and managed by private and nonprofit developers.

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