Friday, February 28, 2014

February 22 - 28, 2014

PLACES
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Tucked away among the warehouses of Adelaide Street, Kelly House (ca. 1882) is the last reminder of the thriving residential district that once existed there. Here is a look back at its history and recent renovation.

MANITOBA

Home affordability improves in Manitoba
Winnipeg Free Press, February 25, 2014
A surge in new listings helped to push the cost of owning a home a little lower and to make most types of homes a little more affordable in the final three months of 2013, according to a new Royal Bank report released today.

Province Invests In More Safe, Affordable Homes To Help Seniors Live Independently: Minister
Media Release, February 24, 2014 
The Manitoba government continues to invest in affordable housing for seniors and is seeking partners to build 140 new units in communities across the province, Housing and Community Development Minister Peter Bjornson said today.

CANADA

City wants developers share burden of affordable housing
Calgary Herald, February 25, 2014
At its most basic, the plan would see any large or medium-sized new development include a set amount — between five per cent and 20 per cent — of units for below-market rents or purchase prices, available to those who qualify.

Vancouver Downtown Eastside's $1B vision
CBC, Febraury 28, 2014
The City of Vancouver has unveiled an ambitious 30-year plan to overhaul the Downtown Eastside, without pushing out any of the 18,500 people who call it home.

Mayors get no promise of new federal funding for housing
CBC News, February 26, 2014
The mayors from Canada's largest cities gathered in Ottawa on Wednesday to call on the federal government to pony up more cash for housing and infrastructure funding, while raising concerns about the decision by Canada Post to end urban home mail delivery.

Quebec unveils policy on homelessness
CBC.ca, February 27, 2014
The budget also includes 3,250 new social housing units -- 500 for the homeless -- doubling the current number.

INTERNATIONAL 

USA A Map of Housing Affordability in Each State
Governing.com, February 21, 2014
A recent report from the National Housing Conference has moderately good news about the housing market—in many states, the number of working households “severely cost-burdened” by the cost of housing dipped slightly in 2012.

UK Eight fascinating facts from the English housing survey
The Guardian, February 27, 2014
Home ownership is down and private rent is up, but what else is there to learn from the latest release of housing statistics?

USA The 'New Old' Way We Market American Real Estate
The Atlantic Cities, February 27, 20914
Technology has always influenced how we shop for, and buy, the places we live.

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