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America’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Conor Dougherty · New York Times · 27 March 2024

Tens of millions of families, across red and blue states, struggle with rent and home prices. The reason is a longstanding housing shortage.

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Opinion: The Minnesota building code should loosen up about single-stair buildings

Bill Lindeke · MinnPost · 18 March 2024

Larger apartment buildings are built with two staircases, but the requirement hurts efforts to improve access to affordable housing, especially for families.

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Powerful Realtor Group Agrees to Slash Commissions to Settle Lawsuits

Debra Kamin · New York Times · 15 March 2024

The National Association of Realtors will pay $418 million in damages and will amend several rules that housing experts say will drive down housing costs.

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The Surprising Left-Right Alliance That Wants More Apartments in Suburbs

Conor Dougherty · New York Times · 9 March 2024

Legislators from both sides of the political divide are working to add duplexes and apartments to single-family neighborhoods.

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Bill would limit companies buying, renting out single-family homes

Madison McVan · Minnesota Reformer · 6 March 2024

A bill authored by Rep. Esther Agbaje, DFL-Minneapolis, would prevent companies from purchasing and renting out single-family homes en masse.

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Developers Got Backing for Affordable Housing. Then the Neighborhood Found Out.

Jason DeParle · New York Times · 1 March 2024

The push from an affluent community in South Carolina to kill a plan for 60 subsidized apartments brought into public view how hard it is to give low-income families access to opportunity-rich neighborhoods.

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It’s Massachusetts v. Milton in a key test of state’s ambitious new housing law

Andrew Brinker · Boston Globe · 27 February 2024

The court case could represent a defining moment for Massachusetts’ most ambitious
housing law in decades.

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Bill looks to supersede residential zoning rules across Minnesota

Josie Albertson-Grove · StarTribune · 21 February 2024

A bipartisan group of legislators want to relax local zoning rules that block apartments from being built in many Minnesota cities.

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Want to reform housing? Take a look at parking.

Molly Bolan · Route Fifty · 8 February 2024

The expectation of easy and free parking is partly behind the country’s housing shortage, putting more pressure on state and local leaders to rethink the ubiquitous parking infrastructure.

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Amid a Housing Crunch, Religious Groups Unlock Land to Build Homes

Stacey Freed · New York Times · 24 January 2024

Faith-based organizations are seeing the need and feeling the pull to do something to address the need for affordable housing.

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