Publications for 2004

Land Reform Chicago Style

November 1, 2004

A history of land reform in Chicago, including especially the work of two civic initiatives in the 1970s and 1980s and their effects up through the present-day. The paper argues that lowering abandonment and demolition rates is at least as important an indicator of well-being as new home building.

Hidden In Plain Sight

September 1, 2004

A market study of all the transit stations in the US, showing that demand for compact housing near transit is likely to more than double by 2025. The study relies on the first ever national transit database of all existing and pending stations, over 3,000, categorized by type.

HUD’s Proposed Housing Goals for the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) for the Years 2005-2008 and Amendments to HUD’s Regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

July 15, 2004

Written comments about the proposed goal levels for the Underserved Areas Goal as set by HUD. Comments argue that targets can be met, and in certain areas, increased, a result of research that households living in areas well-served by frequent and extensive alternative modes of transportation have more disposable income- up to 5 to 10 [...]

Making the Case for Mixed-Income and Mixed-Use Communities (Executive Summary)

July 1, 2004

A report on the affordability crisis facing the Atlanta region and an argument for addressing the problem by creating mixed-income communities around transit.

Evaluation of the Energy-Smart Pricing Program, 2003

March 1, 2004

Findings from the first year of the Community Energy Cooperative’s groundbreaking ESPP program, set up to test consumer response to market-based electricity pricing. This third-party analysis shows that consumers are recpetive to price signals and willing to become more energy-efficient, saving themselves money and the system stress in the process.