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The crisis facing many Fresno renters is nothing new. A history of housing in the city shows how, since the late 19th century, poor housing conditions have been "ingrained in Fresno's culture."
September 14, 2010, 7am PDT
When you buy a house, you might think that you are in
control of that house and its value. But in reality, your house’s value
depends on a wide variety of factors beyond your control, such as the
perceived desirability of your neighbors, local highway and transit
policies, and trends in national and regional housing markets. Your
home may be your castle in a physical sense- but its value is heavily
affected by what goes on outside the residential setting.
In her new book The Unbounded Home, University of Chicago law professor
Lee Fennell addresses the implications of this reality and of
homeowners’ attempts to reassert control over property values through
restrictive covenants and zoning.