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Is Inclusionary Zoning a Good or Bad Thing for Cities?

January 1, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

It’s the season of giving. So I thought it would be appropriate to talk about affordable housing. Recently, Mitchell Cohen — who is a real estate developer and the president of The Daniels Corporation — wrote an opinion piece in the Toronto Star talking about just that.[read more]

19 Duncan Street Bought for $47 million

December 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Urban and Building Development

Last week it was announced that Allied Properties and Westbank have acquired 19 Duncan Street in Toronto for $47 million. The plan is to restore the existing heritage building, as well as build additional retail space, office space, and rental apartments. I hope it will end up a remarkable development project.[read more]

Are Startups Causing Inequality?

December 15, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Cities, Inequality, and Startups

Earlier this week Richard Florida published on article on CityLab talking about the relationship between tech innovation (in cities) and inequality. The article deals with the correlation between venture capital investment and a variety of factors, such as monthly housing costs, wage and income inequality, and so on.[read more]

Seeing and Caring for the Homeless

December 1, 2014 by Cape Town Partnership

Urban Homelessness

Going into Cape Town’s festive season, it’s always good to remember that at heart this is a time of giving, compassion and care. As Mahatma Ghandi famously wrote: “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”[read more]

Don't Judge the Town by Its Houses

November 29, 2014 by Kristen Jeffers

Home Prices and Home Values

Anyone who loves bungalows, lofts, Craftsmans, live/works, row houses and any other type of pre 1950’s suburbia style homes often learns that in small towns or less hot neighborhoods, they will find their perfect home, but without the big city and hot neighborhood prices.[read more]

Concerning Upward Mobility, Geography Is Destiny

November 20, 2014 by Jim Russell

Geography and Education and the Future

For human geography graduate students at the University of Colorado, statistics was, of course, coursework that was required to be completed. I preferred theory and would rather debate philosophy than mind quantitative analysis. I put off stats as long as I could.[read more]

A New District Emerges Around Historic Windsor Station in Downtown Montreal

November 15, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Montreal District Development

A new bit of skyline will emerge in the lower part of downtown Montreal soon. Developer Cadillac-Fairview, a real-estate branch of the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, is creating Quad Windsor, a mixed-use development project comprised of nine new buildings centered around Windsor Station.[read more]

When Increasing Housing Supply Won't Lower Rent

November 13, 2014 by Jim Russell

Rent and Housing Supply

In the debate about solving the housing affordability problem, the usual supply-demand model is too simple. Simple sells. If demand goes up, so must supply. Otherwise, housing becomes more expensive. Of course we should ease restrictions on building housing. Economics 101. What about Geography 101?[read more]

Q&A with Keith Tanner: The Debate Over Affordable Housing and Urban Farming in San Francisco

November 6, 2014 by Seedstock Sustainable Agriculture

San Francisco broke new ground this past July by becoming the first California city to allow for tax incentives on land used for urban farming. The city’s Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Ordinance piggybacks on California State Assembly Bill 551, which permits state municipalities to create the zones.[read more]

In Search of Affordable Housing

November 5, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Affordable Housing

Earlier this week I stumbled upon an entertaining article from the Guardian talking about how expensive housing is in London. The author’s tongue-in-cheek suggestion was to setup a new miniature London in the middle of nowhere where everyone could flock for affordable housing.[read more]

Golden Gate Bridge Bike/Pedestrian Toll Moves Forward

November 2, 2014 by David Edmondson

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District has decided to push forward with studying the cycling and walking toll on the bridge. The vote was very close, 10-9 in favor. All but one of San Francisco’s representatives, John Moylan, voted against studying the toll.[read more]

London Garage to Sell for £550,000

October 25, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

London's Valuable Real Estate

A garage located in the Chelsea area of London measures about 11’ x 7’ and it’s expected to go for more than £550,000 at auction, which would make it the most expensive garage ever sold in the UK. The site area is 535 square foot, about the size of an average one bedroom condo in Toronto.[read more]