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Push and Pull: The Link Between Walkability and Affordability

The increased demand for walkable urban spaces could make them more and more exclusionary if cities don’t pursue policies to limit displacement and boost affordability.

Modular home maker coming to Butte, could employ hundreds

A California company that makes modular homes plans to build an $80 million, 450,000 square-foot facility at the Montana Connections Business Development Park in Butte that could employ up to 150 employees the first year and more after that.

Missoula Mayor Hess condemns Flathead commission’s take on homeless

“This statement lacks compassion and demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding of the root causes of homelessness,” Hess said Monday night.

Flathead officials get pushback after calling on community to stop helping homeless people – “It’s a lifestyle”

A letter signed by county commissioners called homelessness a ‘lifestyle’ and blamed a Kalispell shelter for the increasing number of people on the streets.

Can 3-D Printing Help Solve the Housing Crisis?

Standard construction can be slow, costly, and inefficient. Machines might do it better.

New Model Could Help Break Through Inefficiencies Of Common Water Treatment Systems

With their new technique, the duo also discovered a new system design that could make these technologies about 40% more energy efficient — and therefore more cost-effective — while producing the same amount and quality of clean drinking water.

Montana to pause rental assistance program, citing backlog and diminished funding

Delays in assistance are already leaving some low-income renters in a bind.

Even grizzly bears are getting priced out as Montana real estate booms

Driving down highway 93 south of Lolo, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) grizzly bear manager, Jamie Jonkel, points out a large swath of open ranch and farmland he says grizzly bears use to make their way across the Bitterroot Valley.

“This is the last connectivity available in the Bitterroot Valley,” he says.

S.F.’s largest landlord defaults on massive loan. What does it mean for the future of city’s real estate?

Last week, the Fitch Ratings reported that the property owner was in default on a $448 million loan, which is secured by a portfolio of 1,734 rent-controlled units in 62 buildings across San Francisco.

Montana Emergency Rental Assistance Program Winding Down in Anticipation of Diminished Federal Funding

“In anticipation of reaching the limits of federal funding for the program, we project that MERA assistance funding will be fully expended this spring.  We will implement a freeze in new applications beginning January 20, 2023, in order to continue serving Montanans currently in the program or those who have already applied.”