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Floodway Buyout Strategy for a Resilient Houston

Authors: Erica Vilay, Phil Pollman | July 09, 2020

Houston, Texas, America’s most diverse and fourth-largest city, is the most flooded city in the United States. Houston’s geography and urban planning make flooding and water damage a constant threat. Houston is also the largest city in the US without a zoning ordinance code, though it does have land-use restrictions. The structures, policies, and tactics of disaster recovery today are not preparing the City of Houston for the increasingly costly events of tomorrow. ...

Progressive Politics and Inclusive Social Housing: Enablers and Barriers to Transformative Change in Bogota

Authors: Maria Atuesta, Diane Davis | October 01, 2019

Governing authorities in cities around the world are facing challenges to incentivize compact and more inclusive cities through investments in social housing. This paper investigates the case of Plaza de la Hoja – a public housing complex in a Bogota, considered to be the flagship project in a larger, city-wide progressive vision built on a commitment to bringing public housing for the poor to the inner city....

Eliminating Exclusionary Land Use Regulations Should Be the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time

Author: Michael Stegman | August 19, 2019

Evidence is accumulating that the multiple layers of exclusionary zoning and land use controls are a powerful contributor not just to higher housing costs, but also to declining rates of economic mobility and productivity growth, and to widening disparities in the wealth of white and black Americans. In this Industry Perspectives paper, Senior Fellow Michael Stegman looks back at five presidential commissions and federal initiatives to eliminate local barriers to housing development....

The Economic Effects of Climate Change Adaptation Measures: Evidence from Miami-Dade County and New York City

Author: Seung Kyum Kim | May 01, 2019

This research examines the economic impact of climate change adaptation measures on the housing markets of two representative coastal cities in the United States located along the Atlantic Ocean....

Totally Familiar Yet Completely New: Opportunities for and Challenges to Integrating Disaster Risk Management in Community Development

Author: Susanna Pho | April 26, 2019

While community-based organizations (CBOs) have been engaged in preparing and responding to disasters for decades, there has been little research on how this disaster-related work affects their organizational capacities....

The Ingredients of Equitable Development Planning

Author: Alexander von Hoffman | March 11, 2019

Equitable development is a new form of community development and urban planning aimed at revitalizing disinvested communities and ensuring that all residents of urban places can shape urban development and benefit from economic growth in an equitable fashion....