Notes from Shaun Donovan sec of HUD GSD 2009.10.26

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Design and Construction | Tags: |

Shaun Donovan = Secretary, US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (this is a cabinet level position in Obama administration). Spoke at Harvard Design School

Some bullets:

KSG Policy Based

GSD Place Based

(I guess add HBS to be Money Based)?

Systemic thinking needed vs. deal level

Connection of

· Housing policy

· Climate change

· Urbanization/suburbanization

· Transportation policy

· Marries housing/ sustainability/ energy/ transpo policy & issues

Federal government(s) have the scale and the mechanisms to address. But they must also embrace new thinking and situations

His approach to housing and services = place based policies

An energy efficient mortgage program for homeowners?[ I
Don’t see that on HUD site yet ]. Wrap up the energy benefits with mortgage payments somehow?

Think at:

· House level

· Neighborhood level

· City/ metro scale

View cities as an asset and part of the solution, not as a problem

“Sustainable Communities Initiative” à density to be environmentally sustainable. (also did not see this on the HUD site yet)

Foster a connection between housing and transportation (attempt at cabinet level)

A transportation efficient mortgage (since low income families spend a very high amount on housing plus transpo; cheap housing is far away…

Sees housing/ place based policies part of a multi-policy New Federalism à housing as a singular pivot point?

Trying to start conversations DOT (dept transpo) and HUD to discuss policy…Housing and transp policy with ZONING policy? Zoning the hardest to budge since it’s the most locally held power

Feds to buy up troubled subdivisions and convert to different uses? [This  might be good teaching material …
it’s quite a dilemma]!

Don’t have the tools to help downsize e.g. Flint, Buffalo, Allentown

Refers to “Plan NYC:” How to grow NYC by 1mm people and cut carbon 30%? [I wonder if this is an example for
India urban planning]

Makes reference to linking mortgage and transportation products

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