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Around The Block, PETRA-fied Apartments Edition

At a Glance HuffPo reports on the dim outlook for foreclosures this year.

One Step Closer, cont. Democrats in the Senate overcame the Republic filibuster threat this morning, making financial reform’s passage all but certain.

PETRA-fied Apartments Can public housing take private funds? Washington Post takes on one of the housing world’s biggest questions, whether Congress should follow Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan’s lead and pass the Preservation, Enhancement and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act (PETRA). Suffice it to say, some public housing advocates are scared.

Non-Sub-Prime WSJ sounds the alarm on lenders’ courting risky borrowers. If you were born before 2008, this might sound familiar: “the hunger for new business as the crisis ebbs is causing some financial institutions to weaken lending standards and woo borrowers who mightn’t be able to pay.”

Talk about Smart Growth The White House is holding a live chat on Federal coordination of housing, transportation, and environmental policies this afternoon. Join the fun at 2 p.m. at We’ll be live-tweeting the chat at our twitter account, @NHCandCenter.

Image: The Ginkgo Petrified Forest in Washington State (via

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