Not only is Omaha building density in the core, they are doing it for affordable rents;

According to, the average cost of an Omaha one-bedroom is about $1,000 a month.

“The buildings or apartments will range from $450 all the way to $750. We have studios, one-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom apartments for families,” said Christian Gray, executive director of inCOMMON.

The Bristol will have 64 units and the Georgia Row House will have 11.

This is what I thought was promised before the election, then the city did a 180 and decided to build slab houses in SW Brandon.

“Its proximity to transportation, to job centers, to downtown. It doesn’t isolate people into deep parts of the community and exclude them from those opportunities,” said Gray.

Yeah, what a concept! Building affordable housing close to transportation resources! During a presser the other day about the zoo merger, the Mayor brought up our supposed competition with Omaha. Yup, in Omaha they are more concerned about helping their low income workforce than they are about animal prisons.

7 Thoughts on “Omaha has figured out affordable housing in their core. Why can’t Sioux Falls?

  1. D@ily Spin on October 14, 2022 at 9:36 pm said:

    One thing the city is not known for is common sense. What works? It’s not their answer. The best they can do is imprison those trying to feed their families. It’s 3 squares and a cot. Welfare will pay for mothers without support. It’s one way to address this problem but can it continue once tax on food is terminated.

  2. Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on October 14, 2022 at 11:15 pm said:

    Actually, Omaha has a better animal prison, too. AND, they have been housing their butterflies with their tigers for years and with no problems.

    I also like Dodge Street in Omaha, where the traffic flow changes in the center lane during rush hour, or Farnam Street where it totally changes direction during rush hour. We should try that here in our fair city and add a rotary or two, and maybe also a diverging diamond interchange to that street just for fun…. AND, perhaps, Taupeville would like to be the guinea pig for this, huh?


  3. "Woodstock" on October 14, 2022 at 11:32 pm said:

    “What?”…. “Changing the direction of a street during certain times of the day causes more accidents?”….. “Wow, who would have known?”…… (…. “Frankly, I would actually like to see a neighborhood built where a guy would only be allowed to drive in reverse”…. “Because with all those new car cameras being installed on dashes now days this shouldn’t be a problem at all”….)


  4. if omaha is sioux falls’ competition, then omaha has already won.

  5. Further Fear & Loathing on October 15, 2022 at 6:53 pm said:

    Omaha has The College World Series, while we have an annual axe bar tournament. Omaha has Warren Buffet, the “Oracle from Omaha”, while we have buffets, Sanford, and his cell phone. Omaha has Amtrak, while we dream of high speed trains “someday”. Omaha is the birthplace of Jerry Ford and Malcolm X, while Sioux Falls is the birthplace of Pat O’Brien and January Jones. Omaha has the Missouri River, while Sioux Falls has one of its tributaries. Omaha is known for its steaks, while Sioux Falls is known for its strip mall chislic. Omaha is the home of the U.S. Strategic Command, while Sioux Falls has a tornado warning system it uses sometimes. Omaha claims it invented the reuben sandwich, while Sioux Falls once manufactured the Walnut Crush candy bar (Okay, so we might have won on that one. 🙂 ). Omaha is known for Boys Town where boys are turned into men, while Sioux Falls tries to maintain manhood with a trip to Limitless Male. Omaha has a sister city called Council Bluffs, which admiring Omahans call “Kentucky Bluffs”, while Sioux Falls’s “Kentucky Bluffs” is further down the road and called Sioux City. Omaha is the gateway to the West, while Sioux Falls is the gateway to Buffalo Ridge….. And man I love Sioux Falls, but we ain’t no Omaha.

  6. The Guy From Guernsey on October 16, 2022 at 8:55 pm said:

    One of the strengths of the affordable housing initiative in Omaha. “Its proximity to transportation…”
    Sioux Falls lacks a functional public transportation system.
    Cannot develop housing which is proximal to something which doesn’t exist.

  7. rufusx on October 19, 2022 at 9:09 am said:

    Have you looked into how Omaha is using TIFS to promote this dense urban development – done by wealthy developers? Of course, you haven’t.

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