Real estate reads: brainbelts, developers for affordable housing and more

Three great real estate reads today: how research is driving development, who’s supporting the new affordable housing plan and the latest “hot” neighborhood.

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Stormy clouds hover over downtown Denver. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Stormy clouds hover over downtown Denver. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

My three favorite real estate reads of the afternoon so far: how research is driving development, who’s supporting the new affordable housing plan and the latest neighborhood to be christened hot.

Guys, we did it. Denver’s in the Brain Belt, the coolest cousin in the rust, sun, and Bible Belt family. Being in the Brain Belt means an influx in educated millennials, according the Pew Trusts, which is heralded as a rejuvenating force for some cities. But another big revitalizing factor is low housing costs, which are a bit more temporal, so brains aren’t everything.

Dana Crawford, who you may know as the savior of the soul of Denver, supports the new Denver plan for affordable housing. In a guest column on Denver Real Estate Watch, Crawford joined Susan Powers, president of Urban Ventures LLC, and Kimball Crangle, the Colorado president of Gorman and Co, to defend linkage fees and more.

Midtown’s got some familiar things going for it: new rail connections, coffee and beer on the way, and relative affordability, notes 5280. But unlike other neighborhoods, the development in unincorporated Adams County has only been around since 2012. So the only thing that stand in the way of this up-and-coming neighborhood is how willing people are to live five miles outside of downtown.