June 16, 2011

Daily Housing News Round-Up

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Congratulations are in order today, as HUD joins the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency in celebrating the second birthday of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Read more about the partnership here.

Speaking of sustainability, the City University of New York released this awesome map today. It shows, house by house, how much energy every rooftop in New York City could generate with solar power. It also shows how much solar would save in energy costs and reduced carbon emissions. Did you know Madison Square Garden could cut its electric bill by $127,961 with solar?

According to the CUNY study, two-thirds of the rooftops in the Big Apple could be used to generate solar energy, enough to provide half of the city’s power in peak periods.

And since so much of the city can be used for it, New Yorkers will be happy to know solar power may soon become the cheapest energy source around (including fossil fuels), and might already be the least expensive.

As part of the National Healthy Homes Conference in Denver this weekend, hundreds of volunteers will take part in a two-day “blitz rebuild” to upgrade a neighborhood with safer, healthier housing.

San Antonio will help provide support and housing to homeless veterans thanks to a HUD grant.

Recovery Act funding helped some low-income apartments go green.

Finally, ever wonder what public transit can do for a neighborhood? Check out these photos of Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood before and after development centered around a Metro station.

One Response to Daily Housing News Round-Up

  1. A picture is not always worth a thousand words. The before (sort of) and after photos of Columbia Heights, while showing welcome visual and commercial improvement to an area as a result of transit, conceal problems which can also be visited upon a community unless protections for long-time, low income households are built into the planning. Just as U Street changed dramatically after the arrival of Metro, Colombia Heights suffered significant displacement of residents and businesses which called those neighborhoods home.

    I was amused by the comment of people who moved to the area in 2002 and 2004. I can only claim to have familiarity since late 1979 and have watched in amazement as much of DC has changed.

    Public transit and the attendant commercial improvements and neighborhoods with a healthy mix of races,incomes,and ages are desirable — but not with insufficient regard for long-term residents. Let’s promote and celebrate fairness in transit oriented development, but not be blinded by the new and shiny.

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