Washington Post: When Cheap Housing Isn’t Really a Good Deal

Check out this item in the Washington Post about CNT’s recent update of the H+T Index, which has an interactive map consumers (and government officials) can use to calculate this affordability in 200,000 neighborhoods in the U.S., covering about 94 percent of the U.S. population. The tool is part of CNT’s mission to promote the idea of “location efficiency.”

If your home is located relatively close to your job, your children’s school and your grocery store, all your travel is going to be more efficient. Places that aren’t as efficient, on the other hand, entail much higher costs in gas, time and car payments that make the cost of living higher than we often realize.

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Smart Transit-Oriented Development is Starting to Catch on in Chicago

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Photo by John Greenfield/Flickr Creative Commons License

Photo by John Greenfield/Flickr Creative Commons License

by Kyle Smith

CNT commends Blair Kamin for his excellent article on transit-oriented development (TOD) in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. He focuses on the new apartment building at 1611 W. Division, across from the Milwaukee/Division Blue Line station, that does not include a parking garage. Kamin’s article does an excellent job of highlighting an issue that the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has worked hard on advancing smart TOD.

In 2013, CNT published a report on TOD in the Chicago Region that showed that between 2000 and 2010 the number of housing units around transit stations increased more slowly than in neighborhoods away from the system.  This contrasted dramatically with other regions with extensive legacy transit systems – places like New York, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Area – which sprawled less and grew around transit more.

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Building a RainReady America

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 4:56 pm

A residential rain garden and permeable pavement.

Relatively low-cost solutions, like residential rain gardens and permeable pavement, can protect homes from urban flooding.

Across the country, millions of dollars are spent every year repairing the damage caused by urban flooding – and it’s likely to keep getting worse. Heavy rain events are increasing, absorbent surfaces are lost to concrete and asphalt, and resource-strapped cities have fewer and fewer funds available for large stormwater infrastructure projects. Our latest report, A RainReady Nation, offers a suite of cost-effective solutions to keep homes and businesses dry.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology’s RainReady℠ initiative was born out of years of working with homeowners and communities to better understand urban flooding. Along with opening our eyes to the scope of urban flooding’s devastation, this work illuminated the incredible difficultly affected property owners face when trying to get help.

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Taking Action on Climate Change Can Benefit Communities

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Flickr CC - Seth Anderson

CNT’s affilate, Elevate Energy, is dedicated to smarter energy use for all. This is exactly why we support strong carbon pollution standards. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. We support this important move to take action to confront climate change.

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