Thursday, September 12, 2013

Housing News for September 8 - 14, 2013

MANITOBA

Condo boom in the Village
September 9, 2013, Winnipeg Free Press
At least two new condominium developments are in the works or underway in the area, a third is nearing completion, and two more are in the initial planning stages, real estate industry officials say.

A history of Gilbert Park housing development
West End Dumplings, September 9, 2013
Gilbert Park, Winnipeg's first social housing development, turns 50 next year. Here's a look back at its history.

Survey shows income disparity in Winnipeg neighbourhoods  
Global Winnipeg, September 10, 2013
The National Household Survey says most people in and around Winnipeg are making $30,000 to $40,000 a year, but in some areas, the median income is as low as $16,000.  
(See a related map at CBC website)

CANADA

Affordable housing that works
Toronto Star, September 12, 2013 
Toronto’s Spruce Court and Bain Co-op are turning 100 years old — still comfy, leafy, loved. What can we learn from them?

Canada: A suburban nation
Vancouver Sun, September 7, 2013
In most Canadian cities, the vast majority of growth from 2006 to 2011 was in auto-dependent suburbs.

Low-income renters not getting the support they need
Vancouver Sun, September 12, 2013
Nearly 700,000 Canadian households who spend at least half of their income on housing are not receiving support to help make ends meet, according to Statistics Canada data released Wednesday.

2011 National Household Survey: Homeownership and shelter costs in Canada
Statistics Canada, September 11, 2013
New data from the National Household Survey show almost 7 out of 10 Canadian households, or 9.2 million out of a total of 13.3 million households, owned their dwellings

INTERNATIONAL

USA Could Transportation Policy Transform Affordable Housing? 
Rooflines, August 28, 2013
The new federal policy is one that, for the first time, provides tangible financial incentives for local communities to preserve affordable housing near planned transit stations and ensure that any new development in these areas includes housing affordable to low- and moderate-income households.

USA Baltimore’s Three-Part System for Dealing With Vacant Properties 
Next City, September 10, 2013
Baltimore Housing has developed a simple formula that has cut the city’s number of vacant properties by 20 percent in just five years.

OTHER URBAN STUFF 

Boots on the street: How foot patrols keep tough neighbourhoods safer
The Economist, August 24, 2013
Philadelphia is a violent city, with a murder rate more than four times New York’s. To curb the mayhem, the police are resorting to an old-fashioned technique. Instead of insisting that officers cruise around in cars, the city is sending rookies out on foot.

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