Urban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities In case you missed it, I published a page on IAC that documents the pros and cons of higher density, mixed use communities promoted by fans of New Urbanism. It’s a must read for home buyers, business owners, and investors, before buying a home or condo, or signing a residential or commercial lease in a mixed-use or high density community. But our Canadian neighbors to the North also feed Continue ReadingUrban planners push condos, but families want detached houses (Canada)

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NH real estate developers favor new Housing Appeals Board

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Across the U.S., an “affordable” housing policy war brews between suburban homeowners and promoters of New Urbanism.” For readers who aren’t familiar with the terminology, the international organization, Congress for the New Urbanism, defines the concept as follows: New Urbanism is a planning and development approach based on the principles of how cities and towns had been built for the last several centuries: walkable blocks and streets, housing and Continue ReadingNH real estate developers favor new Housing Appeals Board

Three factors that create perceived “need” for association-governed housing

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Ever wonder why most new construction and redevelopment in the past 20-30 years is part of a common interest community with a mandatory membership homeowners or condominium association? Contrary to real estate industry pubic relations efforts, the institutionalization of private governance of communities — both residential and mixed-use — is not primarily a result of widespread public demand for a shared property ownership lifestyle. Instead, stakeholders of the multibillion Continue ReadingThree factors that create perceived “need” for association-governed housing

SF Shipyard residents concerned that toxic soil may lurk beneath their condos

Class action lawsuit filed against Tetra Tech, for falsifying records during environmental clean up assignment Plaintiffs claim asthma, cancer, and other serious health issues due to long-term exposure Current residents demand retesting for radioactive toxins By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities How far would real estate developers, some city officials, and the U.S. Navy go to cover up what has been called the biggest case of ‘eco-fraud’ in the U.S.? That question is at the Continue ReadingSF Shipyard residents concerned that toxic soil may lurk beneath their condos