Weekend links: Rent is too damn high
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Simple steps to help affordable housing:
A new Brookings report looks at how DC is doing
against its 5-year-old affordable housing plan. Besides stopping underfunding programs, the report suggests better coordination between agencies and better data collection by DMPED. (DCFPI)
Too much preservation?:
Jane Jacobs advocated preserving old buildings to encourage diverse neighborhood life. Economist Ed Glaeser disagrees
, warning that too much preservation makes cities unaffordable. (Governing)
Pharma company moves from sprawl to downtown:
Usually pharmaceutical corporate moves involve going to exurban office parks, but Vanda Pharmaceuticals is doing the opposite, leaving Gaithersburg to locate in Foggy Bottom
EPA Smart Growth faces uncertain future:
The House may eliminate EPA's Smart Growth office
, which Harriet Tregoning once ran. The office assists localities minimizing the environmental impact of infrastructure investment. (Streetsblog)
Parking lot to become green space:
Students and volunteers are turning a high school parking lot in Baltimore into a rain garden
. The school hopes the garden will prevent pollution from washing into the Chesapeake Bay. (Baltimore Sun)
Grocery stores, "but for whom?":
One LA columnist fears that gentrifiers will dull cities
, citing an H Street grocery as an example of "what the newcomers want." He fails to note that all people, regardless of race or class, want and need grocery stores. (LA Times)
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