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Breaking Barriers to Affordable and Abundant Housing: A German-U.S. Comparison of Publicly Led Development Projects


Authors: Freemark, Yonah    

Report Acceptance Date: May 2024 (2 pages)

Posted Date: May 16, 2024

This publication identifies ways cities can support the development of mixed-used, transit-adjacent housing. The author compares urban development policy approaches in the United States and Germany and highlights publicly-led projects in three cities in the United States—Atlanta, Georgia; St. Louis, Missouri; and Seattle, Washington—and three cities in Germany—Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich. After identifying barriers to publicly-led development, such as resident opposition to new construction, the author identifies promising ways the highlighted cities advanced significant new housing construction.

The report Foreword from Todd Richardson, the General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, is available here from HUD User.

The full report is available at the German Marshall Fund website:

Download the Foreword by Todd Richardson here


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