Wednesday, October 29, 2008
While the market for private housing loans for low-income people is pinched, the federal government, having started its financial support for banks, is pushed to help other types of firms. With this shakiness in the private markets, therefore, the times seem propitious for viewing in a favorable light a variety of public-private partnerships to create and maintain low-cost housing.
Tim Iglesias, Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, has written a book chapter entitled “Our Pluralist Housing Ethics & Public-Private Partnerships for Affordable Housing,” in which he discusses a variety of “housing ethics” and how developments in such partnerships may change attitudes towards affordable housing. The link to an abstract is ssrn.com/abstract=1260995.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Many American legal systems require that zoning regulations and decisions be “in accord with a comprehensive plan,” as stated in the Standard Zoning Enabling Act. This principle is often given merely lip service in practice, however. When it comes to site-specific zoning decisions, immediate desires often take prominence. But in New Orleans, the citizens will vote next week on whether to give a Master Plan “the force of law,” in an effort to slow down ad hoc zoning decisions. One problem: the applicable master plan has yet to be written. Given the city’s history of public distrust of government, this may be a hurdle for the amendment. The proposal also would require a system for effective “neighborhood participation” in government. Effective and government haven’t always co-existed easily in New Orleans …
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