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HUD rule aims to put the ‘fair’ back into Fair Housing Act

Despite four decades of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) working to promote fair housing and equal opportunity under the Fair Housing Act of 1968, patterns of racial, ethnic and economic segregation persist in many areas of the country -- but a new HUD regulation aims to change that...

Alternative Spaces: How Slovenia Turned an Urban Squat into a Cultural Attraction

Photo of Metelkova via Eoghan OLionnain/Creative Commons Squatter settlements aren't always the first thing that comes to mind when discussing successful urban development; the widely heralded example of Denmark's Freetown Christiania, an anarchist settlement on a former military base,...

New home sales down from May but still up from 2014

New single-family home sales in June hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 482,000. According to estimates from U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, this figure represents a 6.8 percent decline compared to May’s rate of 517,000. June’s rate, however, is 18.1 percent above estimates from 12 months ago...

Washington state’s terrifying new climate threat: “Urban wildfires”

A combination of hot, dry conditions and development are increasingly putting communities at risk

An Artist's Series Exposes The Sneaky Classism Of Architectural Renderings

Renderings are populated with certain demographics—and they're not very diverse. Cities leverage privately-owned public spaces to make urban areas more livable. It's a tradeoff between giving developers access to money-making property and providing citizens with parks the local government wouldn't otherwise be able to construct. Show More Summary

Explore Melbourne's Urban Forest

6 days agoHumor / odd : The Presurfer

The City of Melbourne, Australia has developed a new website Urban Forest Visual that details the location, genus and lifespan of Melbourne's urban forest by precinct.Melbourne maintains more than 70,000 trees. The interactive tree map...Show More Summary

Bordofarms: A Project Focused on Solving Deportee Economic Issues Through Urban Farming

Each year in Tijuana, over 60,000 Mexican deportees end up without opportunities or infrastructure to support their arrival. This phenomenon developed into a humanitarian crisis that concentrated in Tijuana's dry concrete river -- an area known as "El Bordo." It is in El Bordo where thousands of Mexican deportees from the U.S. Show More Summary

An 'Uber' for apartments could fix major housing issues

Speculative property developers, criticized for building dog boxes and the slums of tomorrow, are generally hated by urban planners and the public alike. But the doors of state governments are seemingly always open to developers and their lobbyists. Show More Summary

KTM and Piaggio receive EU funding to develop electric four-wheelers

The European Union is encouraging the development of modular electric vehicles that car drivers will find attractive for urban commuting under an initiative called Range of Electric Solution L-category Vehicles (Resolve). The publicShow More Summary

ZF debuts Advanced Urban Vehicle concept

last weekVehicles / Cars : Car Advice

Best known for its automatic transmissions, German component manufacturer ZF has unveiled a complete concept car, dubbed the Advanced Urban Vehicle. ZF’s pint-sized Advanced Urban Vehicle was developed from the ground up and built entirely in-house, allowing the company to experiment with a host of innovative drive systems and technologies. Show More Summary

Conservatives Launch Pre-Emptive Attacks on Sec. Julian Castro

One year ago, Julian Castro (former Mayor of San Antonio, TX) was sworn in as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Many people (including this...

Steve King Nonsensically Claims He's 'As Latino' As Julian Castro

U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) either thinks he’s Latino or that Julian Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former mayor of San Antonio, is not.  Responding to a quote from Castro that said the “GOP can kiss the...Show More Summary

"Bank Lives Matter" – Obama Administration Moves To Protect Mega Bank Profits

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, Three top Democrats are accusing the Department of Housing and Urban Development of quietly removing a key clause in its requirements for taxpayer-guaranteed mortgage insurance in order to spare two banks recently convicted of federal crimes from being frozen out of the lucrative market. Show More Summary

White, Anti-Immigrant Congressman Steve King Says He's Just as Latino as Julian Castro

This retort, from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Washington's most notorious immigration hawk, is just weird. I uh...didn't know that. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro is Mexican-American, the son of a noted Chicano political activist from San Antonio. Show More Summary

Housing Starts and Permits Rose Sharply in June on Strong Multi-Family Gains

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts and permits eachRead the Rest...

White House Wants To Close Homework Gap

The White House launched a new Housing and Urban Development program Wednesday to connect low-income households in dozens of communities to the Internet. Called "Connect Home," the initiative will provide low-cost or free Internet to...Show More Summary

Google, US government launch plan to bring Fiber service to public housing

Google is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring its Fiber Internet service to public and affordable housing projects, the company announced on Wednesday.

Opinion: Mortgage policies are punishing urban development

The planned community model has served as the basis of suburban development for decades. So when did suburban experience begin? Census data tells much of the story...

Mumbai's Smart Slum

Urban is the new norm, and as many cities expand in the developing world, so do their slums. Nowhere is this more apparent than Dharavi, the largest and most renowned informal settlement in Mumbai. Home to up to 1 million people according to some estimates, it’s widely considered the densest urban habitat on the planet. Show More Summary

HUD moves to protect older LGBT people, Obama pushes auto IRA plans

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

The Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday issued new guidance on rules to ensure that gay people are protected from discrimination in federally subsidized housing, particularly in programs designed for older Americans. Read full article >>

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