The affordable city: Strategies for putting housing within reach (and keeping it there)

The affordable city: Strategies for putting housing within reach (and keeping it there)

 / Phillips, Shane. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2020.

1 online resource (xv, 261 pages) : PDF.

The book examines housing policies and tenant protection to achieve affordable housing. The first part focuses on principles, goals and general recommendations. The second part includes policy recommendations to address housing affordability through increasing housing supply, stabilizing the supply, protecting tenants, and offering financial incentives (i.e., subsidizing new affordable housing and taxing flipped and underutilized property). Recommendations to increase the supply include upzoning, mixed land use in commercial zones, eliminating density limits, allowing micro-units, eliminating parking minimums and development approvals by right. The third part presents an implementation template for each recommended policy. The appendix is a primer on land development and real estate economics, including speculation.

 

Airbnb, short-term rentals and the future of housing

Airbnb, short-term rentals and the future of housing

/ Hoffman, Lily M. & Schmitter Heisler, Barbara. — Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2021.

150 pages.

The first part explores the sharing housing economy in the United States, including the commercialization of private housing into short-term accommodation and growth of Airbnb; data on Airbnb rentals and data access issues by U.S. cities (i.e., New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Boston); and the effects of Airbnb rentals on housing availability and affordability, as well as other externalities, in U.S. urban centres. The second part examines the growth, challenges and response to Airbnb rentals in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) and Germany (Berlin and Munich), two countries with very different housing systems and levels of penetration of the housing market by Airbnb. The final chapter considers the future of the short-term housing market, the emergence of a hybrid real estate sector, and potential housing inequality and insecurity issues related to this new model.

 

The bird-friendly city: Creating safe urban habitats

The bird-friendly city: Creating safe urban habitats

/ Beatley, Timothy. — Washington, DC : Island Press, 2020.

1 online resource (xvii, 250 pages) : illustrations, PDF.

The book explores the activities of planners, policymakers, citizens and not-for-profit groups to make urban environments more hospitable and safer for birds. This includes cat enclosures, education campaigns, urban design projects, defining the qualities of a bird-friendly city, and metrics for measuring the friendliness of cities for birds. Chapter 7 covers awareness and design approaches to make Toronto a friendlier city for birds.

 

 

Case studies in retrofitting suburbia: Urban design strategies for urgent challenges

Case studies in retrofitting suburbia: Urban design strategies for urgent challenges

/ Williamson, June & Dunham-Jones, Ellen.— Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, 2021.

1 online resource (xii, 254 pages) : colour illustrations, PDF.

The first part explores suburban development challenges and urban design and planning retrofit strategies to improve the resilience, livability and equity of suburban areas. The strategies are organized according to their purpose: disrupt automobile dependence, improve public health, leverage social capital for equity (e.g., preserving housing and ethnic neighbourhoods), compete for jobs (e.g., retrofitting office parks and reinvigorating vacant retail), and add water and energy resilience. The second part comprises 31 case studies of suburban retrofits in in the United States and one on La Station - Centre Intergénérationnel in Verdun, QC. The case studies state the challenges and how they were overcome through redevelopment and retrofit.

 

Participatory research and planning in practice

Participatory research and planning in practice

/ Nared, Janez & Bole, David. (Eds.). — Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2020.

1 online resource (xi, 227 pages) : illustrations (chiefly colour), colour maps, PDF. — (The urban book series).

The papers in the book explore the theory, methods and practical applications of participatory research and planning with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe and Samoa. They focus on participatory practice in support of planning for climate change adaptation, housing co-operative development, transportation infrastructure, cultural heritage management, agricultural and ecological conservation, and post-earthquake recovery.

 


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