Master’s Project Abstracts: Housing and Community Development

The Department of City and Regional Planning’s graduating class of 2019 completed their Master’s Projects on a vast array of topics, all demonstrating independent, original work on students’ areas of interest. This series shares the abstracts of projects that focus on similar topics. This final set in the series includes Master’s Projects that look at housing in North Carolina and internationally.   Disrupted: An Exploration … Continue reading Master’s Project Abstracts: Housing and Community Development

A Look at Mobile Homes: Possibilities and Barriers to Manufactured Housing in the Affordable Housing Crisis

Manufactured homes – or mobile homes, as they were designated up until 1976 – come in a variety of designs. What they have in common across locations is often scorn for their existence. Whether it is disdain from the media, negative judgments about the residents, or outright prohibition by zoning and legislative measures,1 there are a shortage of communities that welcome a mobile home park within … Continue reading A Look at Mobile Homes: Possibilities and Barriers to Manufactured Housing in the Affordable Housing Crisis

Planning, Design, and McMansions: A Conversation with Kate Wagner

Earlier this month, first-year Master of City and Regional Planning student Emily Paul interviewed Kate Wagner, the creator of the viral blog McMansion Hell and whose work was recently included in the Web Cultures Web Archive through the Library of Congress. Kate’s writing focuses on architecture and design, and Emily was interested in hearing her thoughts on the state of housing today, new design trends, … Continue reading Planning, Design, and McMansions: A Conversation with Kate Wagner

Reflections Post-Graduation Featuring: Sarah Parkins

What is your current job? Transportation Planner for the Transportation System’s Planning Group at WSP in Raleigh, NC. WSP is a transportation planning and engineer consulting firm with offices across the U.S. How does your job relate to the specialization you pursued in Carolina Planning? If at all? I was a housing and community development student (HCD), so my job doesn’t directly relate, however, I … Continue reading Reflections Post-Graduation Featuring: Sarah Parkins

Good Design Practices Improve Affordable Housing

This piece was originally written by Lara Seltzer for Planning Methods (PLAN 720) in November 2018. In today’s current economic climate, the lack of affordable housing in the United States is cause for concern. In 2017, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies released a report highlighting that 38.9 million households in America are cost-burdened, meaning the household pays more than 30% of their income … Continue reading Good Design Practices Improve Affordable Housing

Impacts of the Government Shutdown on HUD Programs

On January 4th, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a memorandum intended to explain how payments will proceed to Assisted Property Owners who provide affordable housing units to families across the United States. They assured owners that, while the Department’s spending authority expired on December 21st, interim activities would continue for the first thirty business days. This would include payments for … Continue reading Impacts of the Government Shutdown on HUD Programs

Utility Ratemaking and Energy Efficiency

Introduction The utility ratemaking formula is used to set the rates for electricity. Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) account for things like capital expenditures and operating expenses to determine what to charge customers in order to stay financially healthy. The Public Utilities Commission of each of each state is in charge of ensuring that these rates are just and reasonable. However, there are underlying motivations in … Continue reading Utility Ratemaking and Energy Efficiency