2020 National Planning Conference

Inclusive Housing Successes; Inclusive Community Aspirations

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:45 a.m. - noon PDT

CM | 1.25

Location: 2001

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  • Understand market-driven strategies that are succeeding in producing mixed-income housing.
  • Explore the gaps that remain in maintaining inclusive housing across communities.
  • Learn about community-engagement strategies important to building support for inclusive housing strategies.


Strong housing markets create affordability challenges for households not just in top job markets but in reemerging neighborhoods such as those in Detroit.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, has secure low-income housing and an expanding range of high-income housing, but little that young (or older) professionals can afford. A robust community conversation resolved that residents are willing to tolerate unprecedented building heights if they deliver more middle-income housing and demonstrate excellent urban design. Thanks to a 33 percent height bonus, a groundbreaking 230-unit mixed-income development is under construction.

Detroit’s West Vernor corridor neighborhoods have been among its most resilient, and are attracting new residents. The city and partner organizations are ensuring that new housing serves a range of incomes by soliciting development proposals for strategically located, land-banked parcels.

The Bay Area’s housing cost challenges are inspiring creative solutions for urban and suburban areas alike. Case studies profile suburban redevelopment projects designed to provide sustainable mixed-income housing in walkable, moderate density settings.
Can these mixed-income housing examples help maintain and produce mixed-income communities? Learn from these examples, and share your own successes and struggles in the effort for inclusive neighborhoods.

Session Speakers

Amit Price Patel, AICP
SITELAB urban studio
San Francisco, CA

Ben Carlson
Organizer and Speaker
Goody Clancy
Boston, MA