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Category Archives: Housing

What’s Keeping Utah’s Real Estate Market Hot in the Time of COVID?

The recent global health pandemic has shaken the foundation
of our everyday lives and likely forced cultural shifts that will
stay with us for a long time. Every part of the economy has been
impacted to different degrees. While the economy fell into a
record recession and experienced all-time high unemployment,
Utah’s construction industry set a record for the first six months
of the year.

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Zoning Reform Is Not Leftism

To characterize proposals for zoning reform as “leftist” is incorrect. It is true that a number of Democratic candidates and progressive organizations have embraced some of these proposals. Yet it remains the case that for most of American history, from the time of colonial settlements to the heyday of the robber barons, American neighborhoods grew in response to markets, not zoning.

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Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis

By Dan Parolek As Published on Planetizen It is critical for jurisdictions in cities large and small and contexts rural and urban to understand how to enable Missing Middle Housing to meet their housing needs. To effectively deliver Missing Middle Housing, the conventional approach of creating plans, zoning, policies, and strategies to deliver housing must […]

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Zoning Reform – English Style

Housing affordability and land use regulation are issues not only all across America, but also across the “pond.”

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A Conversation with Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted

A Conversation with Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted   Students and faculty in the City & Metropolitan Planning Department at the University of Utah recently read and discussed the 2016 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. Following this discussion in […]

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3 Stories Show the Flip Side Of Zoning Reform

Wilf Sommerkorn discusses housing affordability and the push for zoning reform.

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The Politics of Housing Affordability

Housing affordability and “reform” of local land use continues to be on political agendas with its apparent, but uncertain impacts on future urban growth

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Zoning, Affordability, and COVID-19

Governments have undertaken moves to ban or severely restrict the use of exclusive single-family zoning

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Written by Matthew Desmond, Ph.D. | Professor of Sociology at Princeton University Book review by www.getabstract.com This summer, a group of students and faculty from the City & Metropolitan & Planning Department at the University of Utah have chosen to read and discuss Matthew Desmond’s book, “Evicted: […]

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An Answer to the Suburban Growth Dilemma

We all know the politics of planning are really tough, especially as we experience rapid growth. The most motivated voters in a city are those that are fighting to minimize change. These voters tend to be the most wealthy and the most likely to turn out anyway.  If a council accepts density that is in […]

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Homeless to Housed Fall 2019

On October 30, 2019 Lt. Governor Spencer Cox announced the State of Utah, Salt Lake County and Salt Lake City efforts to transition from the long-time downtown Salt Lake City homeless shelter. The South Salt Lake Homeless Resource Center (HRC) had been granted the occupancy permits and this started the countdown of 30 days until […]

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SB 34 Affordable Housing Modifications Update

We are happy to report that Department of Workforce Services (DWS) saw over 90% compliance by the 82 entities required to submit an updated Moderate-Income Housing Plan (MIHP) per the statutory requirements outlined in SB 34 Affordable Housing Modifications 2019 legislation

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