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  • Planning For Affordable Housing Near Durham-Orange Rail Line — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Land prices around their light rail line increased dramatically after the plans to build the line and after construction of the line started Planning For Affordable Housing Near Durham Orange Rail Line By Will Michaels WUNC ORG Advocates of the proposed light rail line from Chapel Hill to Durham say local governments should plan early to set aside money for affordable housing near train stations Researchers with Triangle Transit Authority met with Durham residents earlier this month TTA research associate Geoff Green says the agency examined how property values changed when other metropolitan areas decided to build light rail One consistent lesson that s been learned is that in a lot of transit station areas property values can skyrocket he says It happened in Charlotte Land prices around their light rail line increased dramatically after the plans to build the line and after construction of the line started Green says cities that created affordable housing trust funds tended to provide more options for low income residents He says those residents are also more likely to use public transportation The city of Durham hosts a symposium next month to discuss housing prospects near the light rail line Voters in Durham and

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/affordablehousingrail (2015-06-03)
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  • Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    obstacles prevent many moderate and middle income homebuyers and owners from enjoying the benefits of energy efficiency An important way to encourage greater adoption of residential energy efficiency measures is for mortgage pricing or underwriting flexibility to reflect the savings that come as a result of energy efficiency Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks Nikhil Kaza Department of City and Regional Planning University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Roberto G Quercia UNC Center for Community Capital Department of City and Regional Planning University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chao Yue Tian UNC Center for Community Capital University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Introduction Over the last few decades even while houses are becoming more energy efficient energy costs per household and the total energy used in the residential sector are rising Many people are living in smaller households but in larger houses with increasing reliance on space conditioning and appliances which result in higher energy consumption per household Kaza 2010 In turn higher energy costs leave households with less income to meet other needs such as housing related expenses If these trends are going to change anytime soon greater adoption of energy efficiency measures is needed An

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/homeenergy (2015-06-03)
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  • Smart Math of Mixed-Use Development — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    hosted a presentation by Joe Minicozzi a highly regarded and forward thinking real estate consultant from Asheville His talk titled The Smart Math of Mixed Use Development discussed the true costs and benefits behind our development patterns while shedding insight on how we can best structure our built environment to maximize efficiency and create equitable viable communities The event was held at the Koury Auditorium in the Kenan Flagler Business School with a catered reception held afterwards that provided students an opportunity to discuss the lecture and network with audience members from throughout UNC Chapel Hill and the Triangle region As with the Mitchell Silver lecture last year this event occurred the evening before the department s annual Open House providing prospective students an opportunity to experience the innovative conversations taking place at DCRP The Smart Math of Mixed Use Development Koury Auditorium UNC Chapel Hill directions March 21st 6 PM Joe Minicozzi is the principal of Urban3 a consulting company specializing in land value economics property tax analysis and community design His work has been featured at the Congress for New Urbanism The APA the International Association of Assessing Officers and New Partners for SmartGrowth conferences He received his

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/Smartmath (2015-06-03)
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  • Feldman wins global entrepreneurship award — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Feldman is the Heninger Distinguished Professor in UNC s College of Arts and Sciences and a senior fellow at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise The award is given by co founders the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and the Research Institute of Industrial Economics It is the leading international honor in entrepreneurship research with a prize of 100 000 euros Feldman will be honored for her comprehensive contributions to entrepreneurship research She is known for her work in the geography of innovation investigating the reasons why innovation clusters spatially and the mechanisms that support and sustain industrial clusters Professor Feldman s work spans a wide spectrum of entrepreneurship research and she has made significant contributions to our understanding of areas of innovation commercialization of academic research and factors promoting technological change and economic growth said Bo Carlsson a professor at Case Western Reserve University and chairman of the award committee Feldman has studied a variety of industries such as the pharmaceutical and biotech sector researching academic entrepreneurship university industry relations intellectual property rights and technology entrepreneurship Her work has also had a significant impact on policy Carlsson said She has testified before the United States Congress on issues related

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/feldmanaward (2015-06-03)
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  • A Form-Based Code Success Story: Malta, NY — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    of zoning and subdivision regulations across the country and has been personally responsible for over 50 code projects including the complete revision and adoption of over 20 codes His combination of conventional zoning know how and new code approaches are rare in the profession and his ability to facilitate the consideration and adoption of new zoning serves his clients well Lee currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/form-basedcodes (2015-06-03)
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  • Obama cites DCRP's minimum wage research in State of the Union address — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Borders Estimates Using Contiguous Counties Arindrajit Dube T William Lester and Michael Reich Abstract We use policy discontinuities at state borders to identify the effects of minimum wages on earnings and employment in restaurants and other low wage sectors Our approach generalizes the case study method by considering all local differences in minimum wage policies between 1990 and 2006 We compare all contiguous county pairs in the United States that straddle a state border and find no adverse employment effects We show that traditional approaches that do not account for local economic conditions tend to produce spurious negative effects due to spatial heterogeneities in employment trends that are unrelated to minimum wage policies Our findings are robust to allowing for long term effects of minimum wage changes Learn more about Dr Lester s research We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day s work with honest wages Obama said Watch video More information Bill Lester joined the DCRP faculty in the Fall of 2010 as an assistant professor specializing in economic development His research focuses on the role of labor market institutions in fostering greater equity at the urban and metropolitan scales Dr Lester employs quantitative

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/obamastateunion (2015-06-03)
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  • Two veteran planners capture how a majestic plan came together — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Search Site only in current section Text Increase font size Decrease font size Info Send this page to someone Fill in the email address of your friend and we will send an email that contains a link to this page Address info Send to Required The e mail address to send this link to From Required Your email address Comment A comment about this link The Department of City and

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/veteranplannersbook/sendto_form (2015-06-03)
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  • Promoting Cycling and Walking for Sustainable and Healthy Cities: Lessons from Europe and North America — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    and North America Search Site only in current section Text Increase font size Decrease font size Info Send this page to someone Fill in the email address of your friend and we will send an email that contains a link to this page Address info Send to Required The e mail address to send this link to From Required Your email address Comment A comment about this link The Department

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