Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Look Harder

While we wait to find out why EYA can't find other sites in town where public housing residents can be dispersed, let's hope the non-profit National Housing Institute is winding up the following publication, which they state on the their website is currently in development:

"Finding Lost Land: A Guidebook for CDCs

A guidebook for CDCs [community development corporations] that details how to find and use 'lost land' – sites such as parking lots or underutilized commercial property that the housing market has overlooked. Focusing on strong market environments with intense competition for developable land, the guidebook would detail acquisition, development planning and obtaining approvals for these sites."

Land is expensive here but that's true in some other major urban markets. What's needed here is a little creative thinking. Apparently others like NHI are doing just that.

And the Growler would like to pose this question: doesn't the City own a number of parcels around town? What might be available from their inventory?