“The economics of the housing market, and the local rules that shape it, have squeezed out entry-level homes.” writes Emily Badger for The New York Times. “The disappearance of such affordable homes is central to the American housing crisis. The nation has a deepening shortage of housing. But, more specifically, there isn’t enough of this housing: small, no-frills homes … [Read more...] about Starter Home. Where are you?￼
Flat is the new normal.
“Mass-market production and the commodification of housing has led to a ‘flattening’ of design into a limited set of bland, homogeneous options” writes Diana Ionescu for Planetizen. Once upon a time, houses used to have unique features. Today, if you drive around any American city, you’ll see neighborhoods full of cookie cutter homes and rows of surprisingly similar, cheaply … [Read more...] about Flat is the new normal.
Local Spaces. Crowdfunded.￼
Crowdfunding can take many forms -- from donation-based to investment-based, supporting small and large businesses or bricks and mortar and even civic projects. We’ve always loved Spacehive, the earliest civic crowdfunding platform to emerge, founded by Chris Gourlay in London. Spacehive helps locals and communities bring their ideas to life through crowdfunding. As the … [Read more...] about Local Spaces. Crowdfunded.￼
“Kansas City’s Zero Fare transit program shows major success – and what still needs to be done. It’s been three years since Kansas City voted to make its public transit free. Can it keep going?" writes Sandy Smith for Next City. In 2019 Kansas City council were unanimous in their vote to make pubic transit free, making it the first large city in the US to … [Read more...] about $0 Fares.
In support of Crowdfunding.￼
Crowdfunding for equity, or Regulation Crowdfunding (Reg CF), came about as part of the 2012 Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The legislation aimed to make raising capital easier for startups and small businesses while providing opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs. Crowdfunding has had its teething problems and is still evolving. For starters, … [Read more...] about In support of Crowdfunding.￼