Tag Archives: housing

Coalition Work, Economy, Housing

Area Officials Focus on Housing, Employment Challenges for Lower Income Residents

Despite being one of the most prosperous regions in the nation, major economic disparities can be found throughout metropolitan Washington. For example, finding affordable housing or quality-work are significant challenges for lower income residents. To learn more about these issues …

Housing

Securing Long Term Affordable Homeownership Opportunities with Shared Equity

As 1.5 million people are set to move into the Washington region by 2040, affordable housing will become critical for maintaining an educated, middle class workforce. Shared equity homeownership is a tool that local governments can use that  allows homes …

Economy, Housing

New Growth Forecast Approved

Last month, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments approved an update to the Cooperative Forecast of employment, households, and population. The forecast is primarily used for transportation modeling where it determines how many people are likely to live in each …

Economy, Housing, Transportation

Region Sees Changes in Share of People Living and Working in the Same Jurisdiction

A little over half of the region’s working population commutes to jobs in their county of residence, according to a recent Transportation Planning Board analysis of commuting data from 2000 and 2011.

Although that share hasn’t changed much in the …

Housing

Homelessness Drops 4 Percent in Metropolitan Washington since 2009, but Challenges Remain

A new report shows that although homelessness is continuing to decline in the region, it remains a major problem and two key obstacles – sequestration and a lack of affordable housing – could impede local jurisdictions’ goals to end homelessness …

Economy

FBI Competition Might Make Headlines, but Area Leaders are Committed to Cooperation on Many Economic Issues

At a forum today organized by the DC Chamber of Commerce and Washington Business Journal, several top elected officials discussed regional cooperation, specifically in regards to economic development.

Not surprisingly, the panel of D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, U.S. Congressman …

Transportation

Studies Focus on Making Areas Near Transit Safer, Easier to Use, and More Affordable

In 2012, the Transportation Planning Board funded three planning studies to look at ways to make commercial and residential areas near transit stations in the Washington region safer and easier to use, or to make those areas more affordable places …

Land Use

Activity Centers: Where Metropolitan Washington is Growing

Regional leaders voted today to approve an updated set of Activity Centers for metropolitan Washington.* These 141 Centers include existing urban centers, traditional towns, transit hubs, as well as areas expecting future growth.

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Adapting Inclusionary Zoning to a Changing Housing Market

Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Inclusionary Zoning is a flexible and effective tool to provide affordable housing in the expensive metro Washington market, according to speakers at a recent workshop at the Council of Governments (COG). …

Integrating Transportation & Land Use at the Local Level

Nine studies aimed at promoting the integration of transportation and land-use planning at the local level will kick off around the Washington region in the coming weeks.

The projects will be funded under the Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program, which was …

RF Round-up: Sprawl Out, Urbanism In / Pedestrian Safety / BRT in Metro DC / Economic Growth / Reducing Child Poverty

The Yardstick has covered a very diverse range of topics over the past few weeks, from bringing BRT to metro Washington to reducing child poverty to making the region’s economy more competitive and resilient. In case you’ve missed any of

Economy

Economy Forward: Metropolitan Washington’s Five-Point Plan to Prepare for Sequestration and Reduced Federal Spending

Frank Principi, Chairman, COG Board of Directors

The idea that metropolitan Washington should diversify its economy is not new, though the urgency behind the notion is at an all time high. Nearly half a million jobs are threatened by …

Crystal City: An Activity Center in transformation

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing the role of updated Activity Centers in metro Washington. Now we’re going to take a look at some specific Centers, starting with Crystal City.

Located in Arlington County between Route 1

Metro Washington investing in a vision for dozens of “downtowns”

Guest post by Tom Fairchild, the Director of Mobility Lab, which is working with COG and other partners to make the updated Activity Centers a tool for managing growth and development in metro Washington.

Read more about how the

New Activity Centers: smaller, more numerous, and more effective

Last week Sophie Mintier, a Housing Planner at MWCOG, provided an overview of the Activity Centers 2012 Update and asked readers to submit ideas for how these Centers can best be used to guide sustainable development in metro Washington.