Excessive Mortgages, Financial Well-Being, and Financial Skills Among Older Homeowners

Date: Friday, December 06, 2019

Over the last few decades, the share of older homeowners with mortgage debt has doubled, while the typical amount of outstanding debt relative to home values has tripled. ...

Housing as History: New Directions for Boston’s Subsidized Housing: Learning from the Past

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

As neighborhoods across Boston face enormous development pressure, there is a risk that low-income residents will be forced out of the city. Social disruption due to gentrification, shifting government policies and programs, and the challenges of climate change make the future of affordable housing in Boston precarious. ...

Housing + Innovation: Lessons from the Ivory Prize

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019

Despite robust demand across the country for affordable starter homes and rental units, stringent land-use regulations, high construction costs, and an ongoing shortage of skilled laborers have made it difficult, if not impossible, to profitably produce middle-market housing. Innovative strategies to overcome these challenges will be the focus of this half-day symposium, which will feature the finalists from the inaugural Ivory Prize in Housing Affordability....

Housing as History: the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Orchard Gardens

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

By the 1980s the Dudley Square neighborhood of Roxbury was facing significant challenges. Absentee landlords had allowed property to deteriorate, left units vacant, or had used arson to raze buildings and make insurance claims. Facing what many considered insurmountable obstacles, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative was formed to create a comprehensive plan for “development without displacement.”...

Bringing a Comprehensive Approach to Development

Date: Friday, November 08, 2019

Alloy Development is a real estate development company that has built residential buildings along the Highline, in Hudson Yards, and in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. Its website states: “Our belief in making great architecture guides our practice,” and adds “we have a responsibility to make the experience and quality of our work meaningful.”...

The Local Impacts of Global Outsourcing: Business Process Outsourcing, Urban Restructuring, and the Scrambling of Time in the Philippines

Date: Friday, November 08, 2019

Today, cities are no longer constrained by local time zones. For millions of people in the Philippines, the work day now happens at night, due to changing patterns of labor caused by globalization. What are the local implications of this nocturnalization of work? ...

Deliberative Democracy and Transforming Urban Policy Design in Buenos Aires

Date: Thursday, November 07, 2019

In recent years, Buenos Aires has set out to become more inclusive and sustainable, and city government has made serving its most vulnerable populations a priority. To that end, the Housing Authority of the City of Buenos Aires has designed an innovative Socio-Urban Integration Plan which seeks to involve the relevant actors in the decision-making of the slum-upgrading intervention....

Co-Living in the Sharing Economy

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Within the context of the sharing economy, populations of today are increasingly mobile, urban, and less inclined to ownership.Collaborative consumption has molded expectations of sharing, and along comes a shifting demographic of urban and non-family householders. A new form of co-housing has emerged: co-living, that is a formalized version of room-sharing, straddles the hospitality and residential sectors. ...