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Why North America Can't Build Nice Apartments (because of one rule)

January 8, 2024


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I hope the opening week of 2024, wasn't too much of a blur for you. I've spent a lot of time this week getting my tools together and have really enjoyed my new Traveler's Notebook as a way to consolidate all the hats I wear as journalist, business owner, husband and father. I am happy to announce my first piece as an Equitable Cities Reporting Fellow for Next City is now live and can now be read here! I take a swing at what advocates should be doing as of right now to prepare for another year of fighting the good fight towards a better world.


What To Read:

Renters: Here’s A Few Ways To Save On Your Next Move
Smart Strategies to Save on Rent Without Sacrificing Comfort

My latest piece may be on time for those moving this Spring.\

With no credit history, he couldn’t even get an Uber when he came to Canada. His new app helps other newcomers | CBC News
Nigerian-born Kingsley Madu found it exceptionally difficult to get set up financially after he moved to Canada in 2019. It was the motivation for him to develop a banking app to help ease some of the financial barriers faced by newcomers.

This man says moving to Canada was the 'toughest experience ever' with no credit history. So he created an app

Plaza Near Brooklyn Bridge to Become Sports and Rec Space - Streetsblog New York City
Paddle ball and a dog run might be coming to the Brooklyn Bridge soon.

I always love when even New York City finds a way to pull of an incredible infill project.


What To Watch

Stairway To Heaven?

About Here is definitely one of my favorite Youtube channels

I just want to say before moving on that the above video was so well put together and hope your local jurisdictions are looking into it. We were unsuccessful in Richmond but hopefully we will try again to get this right soon.

Small Town Lovin'

It's been a while since I did a "Small Town Lovin'" feature but I wanted to share this cozy snippet of Middleburg, VA! My wife and I had plans to get away to Salamander Resort this year for sure but we are now even more excited to frolic around their downtown.

One Major Development

Indigenous-led housing centre to launch in 2024
Federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser announced plans for a new Indigenous-led housing centre, which will look at tackling the housing crisis faced by Indigenous people in rural, urban and Northern communities.

What's Keeping Me Up At Night?

If you've had a recent in-person conversation with me about my hometown of Richmond, Virginia, you'd know I've been rather vocal about how we continue to fall short of our untapped potential. We have incredible advocates and reporters. We have non-conforming use infrastructure, beautiful adaptive reuse housing and a riverfront to really get creative on some incredible and dynamic development projects. However, this one thing is really holding us back.

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