Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Around The Block, Biblical Throw-Back Edition

No Regrets Less people may be buying houses these days, but the ones who do are feeling pretty good about themselves, according the Wall Street Journal.

Education, Education, Education That’s the deal breaker for families in this NYT piece, who are stretching their finances to live where their kids can get the best schooling. The take-away: livability is about more than just the environment. It’s about quality of life (and affordability, to beat the Center for Housing Policy's drum).

Smart Growth, More Money Say goodbye to the mega-Wal-Marts that won’t settle for less than a city block. Kaid Benfield passes on some analysis of property tax revenues from Sarasota, Florida, that show compact development can outperform the Mall of America’s of the world.

PACE-Gate, cont. California Attorney General is thinking about “major action” against Fannie, Freddie and the Fed agency blocking financing of the PACE green retrofitting programs. Though lacking California’s weight, the city of Babylon, NY, is acting as the David to Fannie and Freddie’s Goliath, threatening to sue the mortgage giants over the green-housing hoopla.

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