Will building more housing, more densely actually make housing more affordable?

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   According to an article in the New York Times, the only way to solve the housing affordability crisis is to build more houses on smaller lots. It’s a common battle cry among some urban development professionals and academic leaders. In fact, some proponents of housing density go so far as to criticize homeowners of single family property. But is the guilt trip really necessary?   THE GREAT AMERICAN SINGLE-FAMILY HOME Continue ReadingWill building more housing, more densely actually make housing more affordable?

California Corporate Owners Association destroys church’s Christmas Nativity Scene

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   The holiday season would not be complete without another dispute over holiday decorations, especially display of religious symbols. CBS New Channel 8 reports that Ranch Maintenance Agreement (RMA) Association in Oceanside, through its management company, STOS Partners, cited Pastor Openshaw for placement of a Nativity Scene on association property, apparently in violation of restrictions. Before the Pastor could resolve the matter with Ranch Maintenance, someone from the HOA tossed Continue ReadingCalifornia Corporate Owners Association destroys church’s Christmas Nativity Scene

Mixed Use dispute: condo owners ask judge to shut down bar business

Gavel and legal books lawsuit court

Bar owner, Lyndsay Edmonds, countersues condo association. Judge orders bar to turn off loud music. Updated Dec. 25, 2017 By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Bay City, Michigan, is the site of another typical legal dispute between commercial and residential unit owners of a mixed use condominium association. According to reports in Bay City News, the 12-unit Shearer Block Condo Onwer’s Association is suing Edmonds Properties LLC, owner of the ground floor bar, Harless Continue ReadingMixed Use dispute: condo owners ask judge to shut down bar business

Mixed Use Density on steroids in Alexandria, VA

 Redevelopment plan calls for replacing 364 condos with 1,600+ housing units plus commercial By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Sometimes real estate news is presented in very misleading ways. For example, the headline of a news release for Huntington Club Condo Association (link posted below) tells only part of the story about the decision of 87% of unit owners to terminate their vintage condo association. Important details of that article reveal that a smaller Continue ReadingMixed Use Density on steroids in Alexandria, VA