HUD Official Offers Economics-Savvy Vision for New Sustainability Office

Newly appointed Director of HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Shelley Poticha (full disclosure: a former CNU executive director and a speaker at the upcoming 18th CNU Congress in Atlanta) sat down with Builder to discuss planning for recovery, suburban infill and her vision for the new office.

The meta forces that affect the real estate market are driving toward more mixed-use, walkable places. Demographic trends in the U.S. clearly show that over the next 20 years, the housing market will focus on smaller households. Singles are going to be the new majority, and they will be looking for something different from the single-family housing we’ve had for the last 50 years. When we start there and then layer on the issue of climate change, along with the economic need to attract and retain workers, a key ingredient becomes offering choices in different types of homes and places to live, as well as different options for getting around in a community. I think we’re going to see more and more regions reinvesting in their downtown areas, in suburban town centers, and in neighborhood centers.

The whole interview is worth a read.


Emphasizing the Economic Upside of Sustainable Communities

In comments in a article on the Obama Administration's Sustainable Communities Partnership, which she is helping to shape as a HUD Senior Advisor, Shelley Poticha stressed the synergies that come from making communities more energy efficient, transportation-efficient and livable while working to grow jobs and rebuild the economy:

“To me this is about helping to rebuild our economy, about growing jobs in terms of making housing more energy-efficient,” she said in an interview. “It’s also about helping places and regions really understand where their economic future is going and how they can use that to be more sustainable.”

Read the whole article.


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