Brick by Brick


Exploring solutions to complex issues shaping our region.

This regional community affairs program is about exploring solutions to complex problems in Southwest Ohio. First up: The housing crisis. The lack of affordable and available housing is one of the most urgent issues facing our region.

  • How can we make housing more affordable when we  can’t afford for housing prices to fall?  
    A recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, The State of The Nation’s Housing 2024, finds homeowners and renters are still “struggling with high housing costs.” Both housing prices and the number of renters with cost burdens have hit all-time highs. And the number of households paying more than 30-percent of their income on housing in Greater Cincinnati is 244,000. For Greater Dayton […]
  • A Housing Solution Right in our Backyard   
    With the shortage of housing in the U.S., accessory dwelling units may help fill a housing gap. Many cities in our area are beginning to relax the zoning laws. Two Cincinnati residents share their experiences building one in their backyard.
  • Want to create more housing without changing the neighborhood? Build an ADU
    As the nation grapples with a lack of housing, interest is building in a concept already popular on the West Coast and parts of New England-Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs.   Think granny flat, carriage house, attic or basement apartment, tiny house, even a manufactured home on your property that has its own entrance, a kitchen with sink and stove, bathroom and a place to sleep […]
  • How Parking Mandates affects the Local Economy and Opportunity for Housing
    The Camp Washington Neighborhood navigates their parking minimum requirements as Cincinnati considers zoning changes through the Connected Communities initiative.

Check out our Podcast

Join us as we dive into the solutions and responses to the social issues impacting communities in Southwest Ohio. The Brick by Brick pod is hosted by Ann Thompson, who is joined by our local journalists. Together they speak to area residents, community leaders and content experts, as well as regional and national scholars and solutionaries.

I wouldn’t be in the position that I’m in if it wasn’t for home ownership. If I can pass that forward, it means the world to me.
– Kai Lewars
Principal and Founder
Kaiker Development + Construction

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