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Webinar: Introduction to the H+T Affordability Index and Applications in Planning (CM | 1.5)
June 24, 2011 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
This webinar introduces the H+T Index, a tool developed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology that is helping illuminate the hidden costs of unsustainable development. The H+T Index documents the transportation costs associated with a home’s location for 337 U.S. metropolitan areas by pricing the tradeoffs between housing and transportation costs that buyers and renters make when choosing where to live. Compact, walkable, mixed-use communities with convenient access to public transit and employment centers sometimes appear expensive because of higher housing costs — but the H+T Index shows that these places can often make for more affordable living than lower-density exurban communities because households can own fewer cars and still maintain a high quality of life. In addition to providing household cost data at the Census block group level, the H+T Index also provides household vehicle miles traveled estimates, access to transit, proximity to jobs, and household greenhouse gas emissions from driving. Learn how the Index works with a detailed explanation and a live demo, hear how some communities are using the Index for planning purposes, and learn about upcoming updates to the H+T Index database that will expand the ways it can be used. This webinar is sponsored by the Technology Division.