Tuscaloosa AL is a city of approximately 100,000 located about an hour west of Birmingham. It is the home of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and a major Mercedes Benz assembly facility which employs approximately 4,000 people. It has many of the attributes of a typical college town as well as signs of a community going through an important transitional moment in its history.
NP is part of the Planning Next team that is helping shape Tuscaloosa over the next 20 years through a series of planning actions. NP is working on the economic and housing components of the work. The housing affordability plan is focused on the broad topic of affordability not only for low income citizens but also city’s manufacturing employees and young families being drawn to the area. A number of factors drive housing in Tuscaloosa ranging from university impacts such student housing and alumni game day housing to the lack of reinvestment in a number of key neighborhoods. Moreover, the city still has “scar tissue” from the 2011 tornado.
NP is looking forward to working on this plan and these issues.
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