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The broad availability of a variety of housing choices — different types, different price points and for different ages — is an important part of creating sustainable places. Housing variety throughout the region is important because:

  • It ensures a more equitable region.
  • It allows all residents the opportunity of living near where they work — freeing up time for family and reducing pollution by shortening commutes.
  • It allows residents of different generations to live in the same community.
  • It allows residents to age in place even though their housing needs change.
  • Communities with different ages and different incomes makes for more vibrant places.

Creating Sustainable Places is fostering research and discussion about how the region can diversify its housing stock, meet the housing needs of changing demographics, and develop more affordable housing in more places. This project began with the development of a housing market analysis by Kansas University Professor Kirk McClure.

Read MARC's Regional Housing Plan»