Urbanexus Update — Issue #14

Please scroll down for my weekly collection of information and opinion about real estate and community development.

Homelessness

www.seattletimes.com

A stalled King County (Seattle area) committee on homelessness looks to a post head-tax world.

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String of assaults fuels criticism of Seattle’s handling of homelessness crisiswww.seattletimes.com

Advocates for the homeless say that while serious, they are a small fraction of such crime scene .

Diseased streets
Diseased streets

Survey of downtown San Francisco reveals 303 piles of feces and 100 drug needleswww.nbcbayarea.com

A survey of a section of downtown San Francisco quantified feces, hypodermic needles, and garbage littering the heart of the city.

Housing and community development

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Lincs

Digging Into non-profit housing costswww.seattleforgrowth.org

No bargains found.

www.builderonline.com

It’s not so simple.

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Regulation represents over 30% of cost of apartment development www.nahbclassic.org

According to a 2017 report published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, “The lack of new, more affordable rentals is in part a consequence of sharply rising construction costs, including labor and materials.” The Harvard report goes on to say, “Tight land use regulations also add to costs by limiting the land zoned for higher-density housing and entailing lengthy approval processes.“

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Gentrification lawsuit web thumb 640xauto 1021019

D.C. sued for gentrifying. dcist.com

A Washington, D.C. lawyer has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city that claims that the city’s housing and urban renewal policies have discriminated against some of the District’s longest-standing residents in favor of attracting millennial renters. The suit is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.

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Immigration united states trump children parents family

Planning detainment centers time.com
The U.S. Navy is preparing plans to construct sprawling detention centers for tens of thousands of immigrants on remote bases.

Real estate demand and supply

blog.marcusmillichap.com

With 223,000 jobs added, May became the 92nd straight month of employment additions.

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Japan6 resized 1

World’s busiest real estate marketwww.theinvestor.jll

Investment volumes in Tokyo more than doubled to US$9.1 billion in the three months to March just beating New York.

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2018.06.20 metro mid tech jobs mark muro

Could “mid-tech” jobs elevate more people and non-coastal places?www.brookings.edu
A surprisingly large share of classic tech jobs are actually quite accessible to workers without a bachelor’s degree.

Seattle neighborhood submarkets
Seattle neighborhood submarkets

Analysis vs headlines in apartment rentswww.seattlemultifamilyteam.com

Whether rental rates are shooting through the roof or dropping like a lead balloon, journalists are busy in the news room churning out sensationalized headlines.

seekingalpha.com

Retail REITs rallied after the U.S. Supreme Court closed a loophole that had allowed online retailers to avoid sales tax.

Transportation, transit and parking

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Seattle traffic by sounderbruce cc.

How neighborhoods can kick car habitswww.sightline.org

This is part two in a three part mini-series about how accessory dwelling units — -in-law apartments and backyard cottages — -change the urban carbon footprint.

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Facebook

Brooklyn bus drivers know how to fix the transit system www.citylab.com
The people who know buses best have ideas about how to reform the system, according to a survey of 373 Brooklyn bus operators.

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Screen shot 2018 06 15 at 9.14.05 am

Lessons from the first U.S. city to completely eliminate parking minimumswww.strongtowns.org

Hartford got rid of parking minimums.

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00cli kochtransit map facebookjumbo

Campaigning against public transit projects mobile.nytimes.com

The billionaire conservative Koch brothers are waging a sophisticated fight against new rail projects and bus routes.

Environment

www.builderonline.com

The Union of Concerned Scientists has published a report that attempts to quantify in economic terms the extent of possible damage and loss from rising sea levels.

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0618 feat environment lead terenceduffy

The plastic of the future www.comstocksmag.com

Timber may hold one key to staving off a plastics-induced garbage apocalypse.

Around the world

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1100?1529938786

Caste-based killing in India over land news.trust.org
More than half of India’s lower-caste population is landless

Striving to understand what shapes change across metropolitan regions and creates opportunities — and challenges — for equitable and sustainable development.