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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Boom periods intensify town gown conflicts but also inspire creative planning The boom years of planned growth at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are a case in point Crucial Conversation Business Incentives Where they work and where they don t Carolina Planning Journal Call for Papers We are now seeking submissions for the 2013 issue which will focus on Planning for Equity Course Profile Planning for Natural

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/news-home/atct_topic_view?b_start:int=120&-C= (2015-06-03)
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  • N.C. historic preservation work increases as economy improves — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    or there are major structural failures more years of inattention can make rehabilitation so costly that most buyers won t attempt it But if a house is in essentially stable condition a stall in the economy can be a kind of pressure release valve giving preservationists more time to find a solution It s not clear what an uptick in the sale of battered old buildings in need of major rehab suggests for the larger economy This is a pretty unique niche in real estate to begin with said Cathleen Turner the PNC preservationist working with the three houses in Pittsboro This is not for the faint ofheart This is for the die hard preservationist with a vision and with a sprinkling of outside the box thinking It s going to be someone with passion And money or access to it said Will Jeffers who has taken on several old house renovations since starting Ozark Investments in Raleigh four years ago Though the asking price for a century old house that s been empty or abused for years may be only in the tens of thousands of dollars it will need new wiring new plumbing new heating and cooling a new kitchen new baths and more When you re dealing with these restorations you re dealing with the unknown so it s good to get a loan in case you come across a surprise or two so you re not spending out of pocket Jeffers said Four years ago you could go get a loan without any trouble Jeffers said but banks got cautious after the financial meltdown An old house that looks to most people like it should be torn down is not an attractive loan to make he said Now banks are starting to lend a little more Jeffers said He works with investors finding properties that have potential to be restored and either rented or re sold Like others who do this kind of work he and his investors rely on state and federal tax credits designed to encourage historic preservation Jeffers is working on the former Gethsemane Seventh Day Adventist Church near downtown Raleigh built in 1923 which he is converting into an office for an architect and a 1904 two bedroom cottage with board and batten siding on South East Street in Raleigh Both buildings had been condemned and were scheduled for demolition It s a steal Ray and Janet Carney of Wyoming N Y plan on doing most of the work on the Patrick St Lawrence House themselves Ray teaches carpentry and cabinetmaking and his wife is a former interpreter at a living history museum They have restored three period houses Ray Carney said along with an early 1800s brick store In the worst of the recession potential buyers looking at historic houses often told Preservation North Carolina that they were afraid to commit to purchases until they had buyers for their existing homes Ray Carney isn t worried about that He and his

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/historicpresimproves (2015-06-03)
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  • Job Accessibility for the Urban Low-Income: A Case Study of Beijing — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    of Beijing Dr Chun Zhang Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Peking University Lincoln Land Institute Center for Urban Development and Land Policy Tuesday August 28 2012 New East 211 Dr Zhang presents some of the findings from her project exploring job accessibility of the urban poor in the city of Beijing Specifically her research demonstrates and compares job accessibility of residents who live in affordable housing and those who

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/news/cursbrownbag (2015-06-03)
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  • A welcome message from the new department chair, Professor Roberto Quercia. — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    exception Our faculty is more diverse than it has ever been not only with regard to gender race ethnicity and national origin but also in the broad range of planning interests it represents We have become a department of many voices contributing to finding planning solutions in economic development housing and community development land use and environmental planning placemaking and real estate development and transportation As with most other aspects of our lives the planning profession has also undergone a process of globalization Many planning issues today have a global dimension Climate change the slowdown in the global economy and the recent meltdown of financial markets are good examples that planning problems do not stop at a country s borders anymore Local planners can benefit from coordinated efforts or just from learning about solutions to planning problems in the other countries and regions As a result DCRP will continue to maintain its long standing commitment to the people of North Carolina while at the same time preparing future global planners Over the next five years the fortunes of the department will be influenced by broader considerations including the need to continue to adjust to new economic and budgetary realities The impacts of the Great Recession are still felt and will be felt for years to come As a result DCRP will need to strengthen and expand its resource base outside UNC to continue to maintain its educational impact Fortunately thanks to the leadership work of Prof Malizia over the last ten years the department is in a strong position to face its challenges and take advantage of its opportunities The DCRP faculty continues to be first rate scholars and teachers The department continues to attract high quality students who move on to become leaders in the planning field Finally the

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  • Keeping House — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    cost mortgages even after the team controlled for the fact that people in those neighborhoods also had lower median incomes and lower credit scores Since 1999 Quercia and others at the Center for Community Capital have been tracking how people with low incomes do when they get 30 year fixed rate mortgages from lenders who evaluate their applications carefully and don t qualify them for more than they can handle These loans come from around the country and they re sold to Self Help a community investment lender in Durham North Carolina Self Help pools the loans and retains the risk then it sells the loans to Fannie Mae So far it s been a good bet for Self Help says Quercia who with two of his colleagues wrote a book Regaining the Dream about Self Help s Community Advantage Program and sound mortgage lending Most of the program s 46 000 borrowers have never missed a payment on their loans If they do their lenders contact them right away and refer them to a credit counseling agency for a telephone counseling session The borrowers usually accept this help and get back on track Quercia says Over the ten years of the center s study the borrowers kept up with their payments almost as well as prime borrowers with fixed rate mortgages do and much better than prime borrowers with adjustable rate mortgages Most of the Community Advantage Program borrowers weathered the collapse of the housing market fine and are still paying off their loans The researchers decided to write Regaining the Dream in part because they were frustrated with rhetoric they heard in Washington D C and on Wall Street blaming borrowers for the subprime mortgage crisis Quercia says After the crisis hit the pendulum swung from making loans accessible in a way they shouldn t have been to the other extreme where lending now is very restrictive he says You really need to have an excellent credit score and ability to make a high down payment Right now policymakers and regulators are working out new standards for mortgage loans that may require lenders to keep some of the risk when they sell a loan unless the borrower has put down a large down payment perhaps 20 percent We know from our research that loans with smaller down payments are safe when lenders match the size of the loan to the borrower s ability to pay Quercia says If we define a safe mortgage as having a high down payment we re likely to exclude from mainstream lending a lot of borrowers who are disproportionately low income or minority Quercia and other researchers from the Center for Community Capital have presented their findings to the Federal Reserve Board House of Representatives finance subcommittees and other regulators They promote the Community Advantage Program model fixed rate mortgages well researched loans a supportive lender and access to a secondary market to sell the loans That last piece was provided for the

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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    future of affordable housing equity and design in the American city Preservationists seek protections for historic Dorothea Dix buildings While plans for the city s own Central Park conjure visions of wide open green spaces Raleigh leaders first must decide the fate of more than 50 buildings on the 325 acre Dorothea Dix Hospital campus Faculty Opinion Business incentives OK but smarter ones for N C Incentives are under a bright national spotlight thanks to a recent New York Times series which found state governments collectively spend over 80 billion per year on business attraction and retention This money which usually comes in the form of generous tax breaks is offered at the expense of essential public services including education Faculty Student Research and Engagement Rodriguez Ever wonder what projects you could be working on as a DCRP student We asked a couple of Daniel Rodriguez s students Viewpoint FHA and enduring the housing crisis In late October super storm Sandy wreaked havoc on the northeastern seaboard A record storm surge slammed into New York City s Battery Park More than 7 million businesses and households in 15 states lost power The economy lost 30 billion to 50 billion The

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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Event A Master Plan to Create a Sustainable Campus at UNC David Godschalk and Jonathan Howes will be at Bull s Head Bookshop in UNC Student Stores on Monday November 12th at 3 30pm to share from their new book The Dynamic Decade Creating the Sustainable Campus for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2001 2011 Invitation to the Weiss Program s 20th Anniversary and Book Signing The Weiss Urban Livability Program at UNC Chapel Hill is celebrating 20 years of meaningful education research and outreach focused on improving life within urban communities What is a planning class at DCRP like Faculty Opinion Vote yes on transit and get Orange County back on track Robert Moses Pedal Pusher Opinion Thomas J Campanella The rollout this summer of New York s first bicycle share program will be the most visible achievement yet of the city s capable commissioner of transportation Janette Sadik Khan Funded by Citigroup and Mastercard the Citi Bike System will make available 10 000 bicycles for rent and return at any of 600 stations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn Previous 5 items Next 5 items 1 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 35 Document Actions RSS

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  • Student Research: Sustainable Development Zones: India’s New Urbanism? — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    subject matter to CNU 20 The New World Lesley presented her winning paper in a breakout session titled To the Developing World and Back Again the International application of New Urbanism The session showcased research based on the relationship between urban form and New Urbanism Pories intention was to deliver a summary of academic investigations concentrating on the roots of traditional or contemporary built forms their physical manifestations historical processes and social behavior Final selection was based on the paper s depth of content demonstration of methodological rigor contribution and advancement to the topic of the year and overall significance to the practice of New Urbanism Lelsey s work in particular examines Sustainable Development Zones a new concept in India basically their equivalent of New Urbanism that she learned about during a planning trip to Kerala India last winter In particular she critiques the decision to have an Economically Weaker Section that keeps the lowest class in a separate section of the SDZ away from the rest of the population Sustainable Development Zones India s New Urbanism PDF Lesley Pories Abstract Faced with dramatic growth India s urban expansion offers numerous opportunities to experiment with and adapt planning theories from around the world In the progressive southern state of Kerala Jaigopal G Rao has put forward what could be interpreted as an Indian approach to New Urbanism Sustainable Development Zones SDZs This article examines the concept as envisioned by Rao and evaluates its viability in terms of economic social and political realities Deep concerns emerge over the apparent segregation between the low income residents and the general population and the impact this built in separation would have on the urban landscape and dynamic Lesley Pories is pursuing her Master in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/lesleycnu20 (2015-06-03)
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