Affordable housing in New Urbanist communities: A survey of developers

Jennifer Steffel Johnson, Emily Talen

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Despite the unequivocal goal of income diversity as expressed in the Charter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, one of the more significant challenges facing the movement has been the creation of socially diverse neighborhoods, especially ones that include a mix of incomes. Although recent reports show that most New Urbanist developments are being built for upper-middle-class residents, some projects have managed to support income diversity. This article takes a closer look at those projects, reporting on the results of a nationwide survey of New Urbanist developers. We found that many developers have used complex, creative schemes to make affordable housing possible within the New Urbanist context. Developers created affordable opportunities by combining available government programs, partnerships with nonprofits, and innovative design solutions. These efforts have provided important sources of affordable housing within the context of walkable communities-serving as examples that should be emulated by future developers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-613
Number of pages31
JournalHousing Policy Debate
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008


  • Affordability
  • Low-income housing
  • New Urbanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Urban Studies
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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