Friday, August 9, 2013

Housing News for August 4 - 9, 2013


Winnipeg Sun, August 8, 2013
That can be expensive, so the plan hinges on using those piles to build up: adding a fourteen-storey tower with a restaurant and market on the first two floors and three floors of office space.  Several floors of rental apartments slated to top off the tower are precisely what the area needs, Tugwell says.

METRO, August 7, 2013
Neighbours of the man accused of attempting to blow up a downtown apartment Tuesday afternoon tell Metro he has been “terrorizing” residents of the block for years and took the alleged drastic actions just a day before he was to appear in front of the Residential Tenancies Branch for eviction.

CBC News, August 8, 2013
It can be difficult for landlords to evict tenants who may be dangerous, says Avrom Charach, a spokesperson for the Professional Property Managers Association.  Charach said proposed legislation that would make it easier for property managers to evict potentially dangerous tenants is currently awaiting a vote in the Manitoba legislature.


The, July 25, 2013
The City of Vancouver’s proposed local area plan, released at open houses on July 18 and 20, calls for a focus on social-housing development, along with some market-rental units, in the Downtown Eastside’s Oppenheimer District.


The Guardian, August 8, 2013
Housing is central to any vision for the future of London. But while the publication last month of the mayor Boris Johnson's long-awaited "2020 vision for London" gave the appearance of tackling London's housing crisis, how does it stand up to scrutiny?

Next City, August 7, 2013
Several appropriately harsh critiques have already been written panning economist Joel Naroff’s Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed, which called for “clear-cutting” whole neighborhoods in North Philly and turning the land over to suburban industrial park developers.

Next, August 5, 2013
The idea is so simple it’s a shame more cities haven’t adopted it. “Property assessments are divided into two parts: the value of the land and the value of the buildings,” the authors write. Developers can’t simply sit on land, unless they want to foot the bill for the taxes. The lower tax rate on improvements has fostered — and incentivized! — more density. You can’t hold on to some parcel without developing it anymore. You have to pay up.

New York Times, July 23, 2013
Prosperous city residents may consider public housing to be a place of last resort. The waiting list indicates otherwise.

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