Affordable Housing

More than a decade after the Brookings Institution released the seminal Region Divided report, the Washington region is still divided, with parts of D.C. and the east side of the region not sharing in the prosperity of our economy.

Despite some progress in the last decade, many eastern communities continue to fall on the wrong side of the regional divide with slow job growth, poorly performing schools, high crime, and a devastating home foreclosure crisis. Meanwhile, even in wealthier communities throughout the region many families struggle to keep up with rising housing costs, a situation made even worse by the a lack of diversity in housing types and transit-oriented development.

Addressing this challenge is the most important mission of CSG. With our focus integrating the interconnected issues of land use, housing, and transportation, we are uniquely situated to address this divide through changes in infrastructure policies and our work in local communities across the region. Providing more housing options close to jobs in job-rich areas, creating incentives for jobs to be focused at underdeveloped Metro stations on the east side of the region, focusing businesses in transit-accessible locations, and linking affordable housing and transit, are among the key solutions.

RELEASE: CSG Responds to Anti-Housing Protesters at Planning Board

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Montgomery County, Md – “Montgomery County’s Thrive 2050 General Plan update is imbued with the progressive and creative spirit that has long been at the core of the community’s values,” said Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG). “This is why we are so saddened to see the strident opposition to the county’s efforts to address a housing crisis through Thrive 2050 and a separate study of Attainable Housing Strategies.”
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Event: Picture the Plan: Let's talk about shaping the future of Chevy Chase DC

Event: Picture the Plan: Let’s talk about shaping the future of Chevy Chase DC

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CSG worked with Ward3Vision to create an Urban Design Concept for Chevy Chase and present to the community through an event hosted by Historic Chevy Chase. View the plan and learn more. Graphic: Opportunity Sites from Ward 3 Vision: A 30-Year Vision for Chevy Chase DC
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Testimony in Support of Bruce Monroe PUD (Zoning Commission No. 16-11)

Testimony in Support of Bruce Monroe PUD (Zoning Commission No. 16-11)

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For the limited scope hearing to analyze the proposed PUD under the updated Comprehensive Plan particularly with regard to the issues raised by the Remand Order. CSG-testimony-in-support-of-ZC-16-11-Bruce-Monroe-RemandDownload Bruce Monroe plan drawing by TORTI GALLAS + PARTNERS
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Support the Countywide Map Amendment (aka “CMA”), while preventing displacement

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The CMA is critical to building quality, walk- and bike-friendly communities and vibrant, transit-oriented downtowns. That’s why CSG is urging the Council to implement this once-in-a-generation zoning rewrite. We’re close to the end of a process that began in 2014 – putting in place modern zoning regulations to replace 50
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Take Action: How should we live in 2050?

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Do you want to be able to easily walk, bike, or hop on a bus? Wouldn't it be great if it were easy to find a great place to live that doesn't stretch your budget? How can we make sure our neighborhoods are resilient in the face of climate change?
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