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August 1, 2001

A new model for affordable housing

  • Under its expressive new name, NewHolly looks at once novel and familiar.
  • By Peter Sackett
    Seattle AIA

    NewHolly homes
    Photo by Michael Shopenn.
    NewHolly combines market-rate, for sale homes and rental units, encouraging visual and socioeconomic diversity. Front porches on each unit embrace a traditional relationship between dwelling and street and encourage neighbor interaction.

    Few things draw the lines between the haves and have-nots quite as starkly as public housing. Substandard buildings often reflect the scarcity of options that face their architects, as well as the people who live in them.

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