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Not your father’s senior living

If she needs it, she has round-the-clock phone access to a home health care agency that can handle emergencies, bring in doctors and help residents navigate the medical system. Though recent changes at the building...

The front line in affordable housing

In 2012, Congress authorized RAD which allows PHAs and owners of other properties financed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to convert units from their original sources of HUD financing to...

Room with a view

Katie Graham moved into a new apartment in Nashville, Tennessee, for its gym, rooftop deck with heated pool, and the bars and restaurants in the neighborhood below. She didn't mind the size of the...

The future of energy management in commercial buildings

2012 was a momentous year for commercial energy efficiency : despite a slow-growth economy, the number of buildings registering for U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Existing Buildings rating system skyrocketed; energy disclosure laws...

America, the complicated.

In previous decades, the Great Depression inalterably shaped its own generation. It haunted my grandparents, and determined how they would work and save the rest of their lives. How will the past two years impact...

From the ground floor up

Hard work and a passion for the business. That may sound corny, but the DeSouza brothers prove that it's true. Cal and Frank DeSouza, who currently are well underway on the conversion of four...

The incredible shrinking workforce

Now, a big caveat: That big October drop in participation could have been skewed slightly by the government shutdown. The official household survey counted 720,000 people as leaving the labor force in October, but...

Net neutrality: the real story

Since Donald Trump’s election, the rhetoric surrounding net neutrality’s imminent demise has been frenzied. Every move by newly appointed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair Ajit Pai generates a chorus of consumer advocates bemoaning the...

Proptech rising

In order to compete for the credits, it is essential to find a piece of land that scores the maximum number of points under the state’s complex selection system. “In Arizona, only ten to...

The power of 10

I was sitting in his office as he recounted the secret of life. It was 2005 and we spent the next two hours talking about everything from his theory of successful urban planning to...

A bright idea

Ashoff manufactures fluorescent lamps with motion sensors. He designed it to replace bulbs in building stairwells which burn around the clock, and found that they slash energy costs for stairwell lighting by 97 percent....

Rent-controlled residents not markedly different

“Rent-stabilized tenants are paying more than 30 percent of the incomes on rent,” said Harvey Epstein, a tenant member of the city’s rent-setting Rent Guidelines Board, at a recent meeting. “That ain’t right. The...

Incivility and its discontents

Recently, in a rare moment, the Pennsylvania state party chairs, Democrat Nancy Patton Mills and Republican Val DiGigiorgio, agreed to participate in a student-organized forum on civil discourse and polarization on the campus of...

The state of being

I certainly have. Even as someone who believes this is but a touchstone for something much grander, it's still hard to think of not being here. Not having a voice in the lives of my...

Three factors that could shape the fate of housing overhaul

But several developments unfolding right now could make the next five or six months among the more consequential periods for housing-finance policy since the companies were taken over by the government five years ago....
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