A housing crisis for every decade

A housing crisis for every decade The current realities of our housing situation often seem new. The media regularly speaks of a “housing crisis” driven chiefly by a supply shortage. This shortage is often characterized as a result of recent underbuilding. But media headlines throughout the 20th century have consistently proclaimed the existence of a…… Continue reading A housing crisis for every decade

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Macro-level reactions to Phase One of the ‘Zone In’ updates

Macro-level reactions to Phase One of the ‘Zone In’ updates The reforms in the ‘Zone In’ proposal resemble what cities around the country have been doing over the past few years to modernize outdated land use policy. Overall, this is a rather modest package of reforms that would create a more standardized and predictable pathway…… Continue reading Macro-level reactions to Phase One of the ‘Zone In’ updates

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Density Daydreams

Density Daydreams Old-time Columbus had a lot more people! Not only people, but hundreds more shops, restaurants, and retail services of all kinds were available throughout our downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. And they were accessible by foot or by using miles and miles of streetcar tracks that criss-crossed the city—in addition to interurban trains that…… Continue reading Density Daydreams

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Year in Review: 2023

Year in Review: 2023 Another landmark year for housing reform Locally and nationwide, housing reform efforts continued to gain steam in 2023. Issues like parking minimums, single-family zoning, ADUs, and building codes are finally being critically examined in cities across the country as key factors to address our crisis of affordability. Since our founding in…… Continue reading Year in Review: 2023

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How jurisdictional fragmentation exacerbates inequalities

How “the preferences of white property owners have been institutionalized” by land use policy Trounstine’s largely quantitative work of political science is a clear portrait of how white property owners have leveraged the power of separate political jurisdictions to exclude others while enriching themselves. Segregation by Design reveals how “the preferences of white property owners…… Continue reading How jurisdictional fragmentation exacerbates inequalities

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How public meetings empower neighborhood gatekeeping

How public meetings empower neighborhood gatekeeping Einstein, Glick, and Palmer pored through thousands of meeting minutes and matched public commenters with the voter roll to make fascinating advances in the scholarly understanding of public engagement and socio-demographic status. Unsurprisingly, they found that commenters are generally older, whiter, and more likely to own property than average…… Continue reading How public meetings empower neighborhood gatekeeping

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💐 Thanks for making our Spring Strategy Session a success! 🥑

💐 Thanks for making our Spring Strategy Session a success! 🥑 For our first strategy session—actually for any event—this was a fantastic exercise and demonstration of what a bunch of strangers can do with 90 minutes at the public library. This was an opportunity to explain the founding, activities, and mission of N4MN Columbus while…… Continue reading 💐 Thanks for making our Spring Strategy Session a success! 🥑

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Near North Side: Still recovering from decades of population and housing unit loss

Near North Side: Still recovering from decades of population and housing unit loss Our close-in urban neighborhoods were built to accommodate many thousands more residents than currently live there. Of many examples, the neighborhoods of Italian Village—formerly known as part of the Near North Side—have not recovered from the decades of devastating population loss that…… Continue reading Near North Side: Still recovering from decades of population and housing unit loss

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Guest Post: Adding affordable housing to South Linden

Guest Post: Adding affordable housing to South Linden This post was authored by KCG-Ascent Ventures to explain their proposal to add new affordable housing to South Linden and help illuminate the complex processes behind developing new housing in Central Ohio. Photos from the current site, an industrial and waste-processing facility In response to the overwhelming…… Continue reading Guest Post: Adding affordable housing to South Linden

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