Equity and Inclusion

affordable housing

The Economics of Housing Affordability

June 24, 2022 / Comments Off on The Economics of Housing Affordability

Housing is a crucial aspect of society. Unfortunately, the costs of housing can be so disproportionately high relative to income levels that people simply can’t comfortably afford it. Not only is housing affordability a concern in many US metropolitan areas, it is a concern across the globe. With the large number of individuals and families […]

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Cities of the Future Must be Heat Resilient: A Framework for Combating Urban Heat Islands

June 17, 2022 / Comments Off on Cities of the Future Must be Heat Resilient: A Framework for Combating Urban Heat Islands

We are a few short days away from the start of summer and the first heat advisory warnings have been issued across the country— it looks like it’s the start of a very hot summer. Experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their monthly climate trend report predicting above-average temperatures and below-average participation […]

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Local Businesses: Important Components of Communities

June 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Local Businesses: Important Components of Communities

As you casually walk through the city streets on your way to nowhere in particular, a peculiar sight meets your eye: rows upon rows, upon rows of tables, tents, and all sorts of venues and local businesses are set up next to one another. As you focus your eyes a bit more to try to […]

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William A. Smith

May 10, 2022 / Comments Off on William A. Smith

William A. Smith has worked in the financial services industry for more than 40 years. At Citizens Bank of Philadelphia, his management responsibilities included the growth of community and economic development and CRA compliance initiatives for the Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey regions. He provided technical and financial assistance to the Philadelphia region’s […]

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Effects of Concentrated LIHTC Developments on Surrounding House Prices

May 9, 2022 / Comments Off on Effects of Concentrated LIHTC Developments on Surrounding House Prices

Econsult Solutions Principal Richard Voith recently published a paper in the Journal of Housing Economics examining the property value impacts of affordable housing developments financed by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). The LIHTC program is the U.S.’s largest funding source for affordable housing production, with an annual totaling of more than $8 billion. LIHTC developments […]

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Local News: Building a Stronger and More Diverse Culture around News

May 6, 2022 / Comments Off on Local News: Building a Stronger and More Diverse Culture around News

The decline of local news is hardly breaking news. But the slowness of this decline can obscure the impacts. As newspapers get thinner—and articles posted on their corresponding websites dwindle in content or quantity—information influencing key community decisions becomes harder to find and organize around. Reliable, accessible and equitable local news is an important component […]

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