All posts tagged “single family housing

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Neighborhood depopulation

Recently we’ve been talking about California’s Proposition 13 and how it may be creating a disincentive for longtime homeowners to move. They’re enjoying below market property taxes, and so they stay put, even if they may have too much house. But this concept of “overhousing” isn’t… Read More

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The third Los Angeles

I just stumbled upon an interview with Christopher Hawthorne (architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times) talking about a “third Los Angeles.”  His argument is that the first Los Angeles ran from about 1880 to World War II, and was characterized by a form of… Read More

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The yellowbelt

We talk a lot about the greenbelt here in Toronto. Some argue that it’s squeezing the housing market and driving up prices. But what about the yellowbelt? (Credit to Gil Meslin for the term.) Here is a land use map of Toronto: The yellow areas… Read More

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Multifamily vs. single family

Since 2009 when the U.S. economy started to recover, housing starts (i.e. new residential construction) have favored multifamily buildings over single family housing. Apartment/condominium construction has grown 3 times faster according to the U.S. Census Bureau (via Bloomberg). A lot of this multifamily construction is… Read More