5 Big Ideas for Affordable Housing

A bit behind on sharing this article, as this report came from the previous administration, and I wouldn’t anticipate the new one picking up this even moderately┬áprogressive torch anytime soon. Regardless, it’s absoultely worth checking out:

5 Big Ideas for Affordable Housing From the White House

Image courtesy of FastCo / Kimson Doan via Unsplash

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Barcelona Superblocks

Expanding on the already relatively innovative Eixample district in Barcelona, this concept for “superblocking” gridded areas within a city looks to be quite promising. The critical aspect, in my mind, would have to be successfully addressing the overlap of pedestrian and vehicular use within the block. This concept of major and minor arteries is used, so some extent, in various other cities, albeit with pedestrians and bicyclists still being overshadowed by cars. If done right, creating consierable space where foot traffic is given primary right of way has some great potential to not only make walking easier and safer, but also further activating the street level of those areas.

How Barcelona’s “Superblocks” Pedestrian Plan Hopes to Return the Streets to the People