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Housing Planning and Jobs Access

Housing is just as central to effective economic development as are the jobs themselves.

After all, entrepreneurs, workers, and people in general, prefer comfortable and safe places to live.

Land use controls how much housing and what types of housing will be built, and where.

Costs, soil conditions, adjacent zoning, transportation, are a few of the factors at stake when urban planning for housing is considered.

Where children live determines where they go to school, therefore housing policy is also a part of education policy.

Where one lives can determine access to social services and recreation, therefore housing policy is also part of environmental planning.

Where people live factors heavily into where they work, therefore housing policy is also economic development planning.

Ideally, people want to live close to where they work, and vice versa.

A lack of access to jobs opens the door for unemployment. Some of the well-documented adverse impacts of unemployment on communities and homes includes family breakups, alcoholism, welfare dependency, and crime.

Among the many aspects of housing planning is accessibility to jobs. Jobs access lays the foundation for other opportunities including, a better quality of life for individuals and families.


Even in cases like NYC, people live in areas where jobs and opportunities are in close proximity.

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