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It's about time we retired the phrase "The Brooklyn” of anywhere, right? First, because most people in the country can’t relate to New York-centric references. And second, because when it comes to gentrification and being “the next cool place,” Brooklyn is pretty much over.

But what are the next cool, mildly affordable neighborhoods just waiting to be overtaken by young creatives? Sure, there are plenty of sexy ‘hoodsbro-ish ‘hoods, and evenhipster ‘hoods, but let's be honest, they’re all pretty much played at this point. And more importantly, they're all too expensive for anyone without a trust fund or investment-banking job.

Which is why we decided to tap trendsetters, developers, and real-estate professionals -- folks with their fingers on the pulse of America's cities and towns -- for their predictions of the country's next hotspots; neighborhoods that are affordable now, but poised to blow up. From the South Bronx to Sioux Falls, here are the 12 they chose.

As a recipient of a $29.7 million grant from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, NORA facilitated the new construction or renovation of 463 affordable homes for low-to-moderate income New Orleans families in partnership with 15 developers city-wide.

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December 9, 2015

The par­tis­an polit­ics around cli­mate change in the United States have made it well nigh im­possible to take ac­tion to pre­vent glob­al warm­ing or even to find com­mon ground on the sci­entif­ic real­it­ies. But loc­al­it­ies that must deal with floods or a drought—ex­acer­bated if not caused by hu­man activ­ity, sci­ent­ists say—don’t have the lux­ury of de­bate. They need to act, and quickly—not to avert what in­sur­ance law­yers call acts of God, but to deal with them once they’ve struck. Even, per­haps, to an­ti­cip­ate.


December 10, 2015                       


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HousingNOLA Unveils Official 10-Year Affordable Housing Implementation Plan

Plan to create 3,000 affordable housing opportunities by 2018

NEW ORLEANS, LAHousingNOLA, a program of the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA), unveiled its official strategy and implementation plan to increase access to affordable housing over the next decade.

The plan was developed over the last year by an executive committee of representatives from a number of housing advocates and developers including the city’s Office of Housing and Community Development, the Foundation for Louisiana, the Louisiana Housing Corporation and the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA).

By Robin Barnes, Contributing Writer, The Times-Picayune

on December 07, 2015 at 7:01 AM, updated December 07, 2015 at 7:27 AM

Robin Barnes is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Greater New Orleans Inc.

As we switch out hurricane season for our preferred seasons — the holidays and Mardi Gras — we can breathe a sigh of relief for another year that we have avoided major storm surges, wind damage and evacuation. Life is good!

But we often forget that rainfall creates a more insidious day-to-day inconvenience and significant business interruption year-round. In the past 12 months alone, nearly 70 inches of rain have fallen on our region.


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