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October 20, 2020
Policy/Legislative
Partisan Housing – Wilf Sommerkorn

It’s just so indicative of the times we’re in, and so unfortunate, that all kinds of issues, including this one, are being turned into partisan political fights.

October 20, 2020
Housing Local State
State and Local Governments Must Further Address Housing Affordability

Utah has become an increasingly desirable place to relocate, especially among those stuck quarantined in coastal states with the highest cost of living in the country.

October 12, 2020
APA Utah Featured Members
The Difference Between a Two Billion and Six Thousand Dollar Project

The following article was written by a former University of Utah City & Metropolitan Planning student and APA Utah scholarship recipient who attended the 2019 National Planning Conference in San Fransisco, California. I think walking tours are one of the best ways to explore cities. I wanted to participate in as many as possible during […]

October 6, 2020
Policy/Legislative Specialization
The Status of Women Leaders in Government – Utah Cities and Towns

Research shows that communities and organizations increasingly thrive when men and women work together in leadership roles. 

October 6, 2020
Housing
We have to do something about Utah’s housing crisis

As I anticipate graduating with my bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in the spring, I am especially worried about the worsening housing affordability crisis that Utah finds itself in.

September 30, 2020
Housing Planning News Policy/Legislative
What the Wasatch Front needs is more basement apartments

A lot of people want to move here, but there aren’t enough places for them to live.

September 28, 2020
Housing
Cities Don’t Need High-Rises to Become Affordable

“Density” is a word only an urban planner could love. To normal people it’s a synonym for “crowded.”

September 23, 2020
Economic Development Land Use Urban Planning
Funding Programs Announcement

                FISCAL YEAR 2021 Funding Programs Announcement The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) provides resources directly to its communities and partners across the region. We are pleased to announce this year’s opportunities, totaling approximately $45 million in funding and technical assistance. As the first step, interested applicants should […]

September 17, 2020
Policy/Legislative
The Hypocrisies and Troubles of Local Control

Given President Trump’s proclivity for lurching haphazardly from issue to issue, it might come as a surprise that the president has sustained a steady interest in federal fair housing policy over the past several months—or at least in its value to his re-election campaign. It all started with a presidential Twitter rant about the perceived threat presented  by […]

September 16, 2020
Economic Development Transportation
Away from the bustle: Covid-19 and the end of commuterland

Robert Edwards and Mario Stephen have responded oddly to the coronavirus pandemic and the crash in high-street spending that it has caused. They have opened a hair salon. Although both men trained and worked for years in London, their new salon is in Hitchin, a town of some 35,000 people that is 50km north of […]

September 15, 2020
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.

September 15, 2020
Policy/Legislative
The Color of Law: A Book Review

Is racial segregation today the result of private choices or a lasting legacy of government-sponsored discriminatory policy? This is the question that Richard Rothstein sets out to answer in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.