Posts Categorized: Study

Places With Sharp Price Increases, Relatively Low Incomes

Zip code 11216 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn has a spectacular stock of stately brownstones. The buildings — long ago sliced into apartments, but easily restored as grand townhomes again — composed the last major collection of brownstones in the borough that hadn’t yet been gentrified going into this housing cycle in the early… Read more »

LGBTI Community More Likely to Buy or Sell Homes

LGBTI people are far more likely to buy or sell a home than their straight counterparts, new research reveals. In a representative study Emerald Life, the UK’s first full-service insurance provider for the LGBTI community, asked 2,023 adults about their plans for the next six months; their results were then compared to a sample of… Read more »

How Downtowns Succeed

I had anticipated some of the rewards and discoveries of visiting cities in the process of economic and cultural recovery and re-invention. An unexpected reward has been the chance to get a time-capsule view, a kind of real-life time-line diorama, of how the downtown areas of cities look through all the stages of a decline-and-rise… Read more »

Housing Bust Mixed Owners With Renters

The housing bust blurred one of the distinctions that we often use to define and divide ourselves: whether we’rehomeowners orrenters. In the midst of the crash, longtime homeowners suddenly became renters (some of them even in their own homes). And many longtime renters suddenly concluded that they might not want to own after all. Single-family… Read more »

Are Gayborhoods Going Straight?

New research finds that traditionally gay neighbourhoods are becoming increasingly “straight” places, and could be at risk of losing their distinct cultural identity. Fewer same-sex couples reside in historically gay neighbourhoods compared to 10 years ago, according to one of the largest studies of sexuality in the U.S. Led by University of British Columbia sociologist… Read more »

The 35 Most LGBT-Friendly U.S. Cities

This just in from Vocativ: Which U.S. city is most friendly toward LGBT residents? Which big cities don’t even make the list? What’s the gayest city in “red state” America? Which metro area has the highest percentage of out politicians? Where do same-sex Craigslist hookups happen most frequently? Vocativ (vocativ.com), the global media organization for… Read more »

A Billionaire Could Buy Your Whole City

Just how rich is Bill Gates? According to Forbes, he’s the world’s richest person and is worth $77.5 billion. But that kind of wealth is hard to wrap your head around, so let’s put it another way: Gates could buy every single home in the entire city of Boston. That’s 114,212 single-family homes, condos and… Read more »

Top Twenty Gay Friendly US Cities From NerdWallet.com

Support for the gay community is higher than ever before–a recent Gallup poll shows that 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, compared to just 27 percent in 1996. With Pennsylvania and Oregon recently joining the growing list of states to overturn bans on gay marriage, the campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)… Read more »

Is the US Real Estate Market Stalling?

After picking up momentum over the last couple of years, there are some signs that the US housing market may be slowing. The Washington Post reports: The third installment of Freddie’s “Multi-Indicator Market Index” (or MiMi), which sizes up homebuying activity and other factors, found that only 10 states and the District of Columbia fall… Read more »

Study: Living in the Gayborhood

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association sheds light on the connection between our patterns of movement and what we have in common with our neighbors. Urban planning researchers Michael Smart, of Rutgers, and Nicholas Klein, of the Pratt Institute, examined how people who live in neighborhoods bound by social… Read more »

USA: HUD Looks at LGBT Housing Discrimination

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development just released the first report on discrimination in rental housing against LGBT citizens. LGBT Weekly reports: According to HUD’s study, same-sex couples experience unequal treatment more often than heterosexual couples when responding to internet ads for rental units, and findings show that gay male couples experience more… Read more »