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Montgomery County Land Bank prepares to spend $7M on affordable housing; others putting property to good use 

Montgomery County Land Bank prepares to spend $7M on affordable housing; others putting property to good use 

Vacant and abandoned properties are not only major eye sores and financial drains on cities. They also accelerate the decline of neighborhoods. How can we make this land more productive? An increasing number of governments and non-profit organizations are turning to land banks as a partial solution.  The Center for Community Progress says, “A land bank is a public entity with unique powers to put […]

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How can we make housing more affordable when we  can’t afford for housing prices to fall?  

How can we make housing more affordable when we  can’t afford for housing prices to fall?  

A recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, The State of The Nation’s Housing 2024, finds homeowners and renters are still “struggling with high housing costs.” Both housing prices and the number of renters with cost burdens have hit all-time highs. And the number of households paying more than 30-percent of their income on housing in Greater Cincinnati is 244,000. For Greater Dayton […]

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A Housing Solution Right in our Backyard   

A Housing Solution Right in our Backyard   

With the shortage of housing in the U.S., accessory dwelling units may help fill a housing gap. Many cities in our area are beginning to relax the zoning laws. Two Cincinnati residents share their experiences building one in their backyard

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Want to create more housing without changing the neighborhood? Build an ADU 

Want to create more housing without changing the neighborhood? Build an ADU 

As the nation grapples with a lack of housing, interest is building in a concept already popular on the West Coast and parts of New England-Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs.   Think granny flat, carriage house, attic or basement apartment, tiny house, even a manufactured home on your property that has its own entrance, a kitchen with sink and stove, bathroom and a place to sleep […]

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How Parking Mandates affect the Local Economy and Opportunity for Housing

How Parking Mandates affect the Local Economy and Opportunity for Housing

The Camp Washington Neighborhood navigates their parking minimum requirements as Cincinnati considers zoning changes through the Connected Communities initiative.

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Cincinnati City Council passes zoning reforms, including reduced parking mandates

Cincinnati City Council passes zoning reforms, including reduced parking mandates

Vehicles spend most of their time parked. And because of that, for years cities have dictated how many parking spots developers should include based on sometimes arbitrary numbers. But do those numbers still make sense and could reducing them allow for more housing and development? An increasing number of cities are getting rid of those so-called parking mandates or parking minimums, including Cincinnati.  Cincinnati changes  […]

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A Dayton woman’s housing journey points to the importance of fairness in the courtroom 

A Dayton woman’s housing journey points to the importance of fairness in the courtroom 

A Dayton tenant details her journey through eviction hearings with and without a lawyer.

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We are a segregated society. How do we improve Black homeownership and build wealth? 

We are a segregated society. How do we improve Black homeownership and build wealth? 

In The Color of Law, author and researcher Richard Rothstein painstakingly lays out the history of segregation. He says it didn’t happen by accident but instead was the result of racist governmental policies.   Rothstein told Brick by Brick in an interview, “We would not have a segregated society today if the federal government and state and local governments hadn’t imposed unconstitutional policies to require segregation.”  […]

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How well are zoning changes working across the country? Minneapolis, Tulsa and Buffalo provide proof 

How well are zoning changes working across the country? Minneapolis, Tulsa and Buffalo provide proof 

City planners from Tulsa (OK), Buffalo (NY) and Minneapolis (MN) share the affects of zoning reform in their cities.

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Cincinnati wants to make zoning changes. How quickly can those changes result in more housing? 

Cincinnati wants to make zoning changes. How quickly can those changes result in more housing? 

Creators of Cincinnati’s proposed zoning reform plan, known as “Connected Communities,” are shopping it around in the neighborhoods it would affect. The plan targets business districts and transit corridors to increase housing in those areas.  City planners crafted “Connected Communities” over 18 months. Residents of Bond Hill and Price Hill learned more about the six-tiered plan in public meetings in February and March. Residents from […]

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