Tall timber tower: Lever Architecture has proposed a 130-foot timber-framed tower in Portland’s Pearl District. It would be one of tallest wood towers in the US.
Other Tall Timber Towers: Paris and Stockholm plan to push timber-framed buildings into the 30-story range.
Civic Square: Triad has sixty days to find a new developer for the prime parcel or perhaps forfeit the property rights.
Rainer Avenue: Are we going far enough to fix this dangerous street?
Seeking A San Francisco Housing Villain: A morality play performed by San Francisco schoolkids hamhandedly turned techies into villains of the housing crisis. The Atlantic suggests San Francisco property owners and preservationists could take a long hard look in the mirror.
Zone Alone: Daniel Hertz argues that zoning is just the first step for leading the cities into the 21st century.
Link to Tacoma: Frank Chiachiere contends the I-5 alignment is the superior light rail option to reach Tacoma.
Decline in Homeownership Rate: Old Urbanist delved into homeownership data and contends an aging population is masking a homeownership decline.
Japan’s Vacant Housing Epidemic: The Atlantic looked in Japan’s growing vacant housing problem as its population continues to shrink. The US could face a similar problem as Baby Boomers age.
Housing Production Slowdown: Crosscut covered Seattle’s 2015 housing numbers which indicate a slackening in overall housing production but an uptick in single-family home production.
“Production of single family homes, townhouses and small apartments is up by over 20 percent – single family homes specifically are up 13 percent.”