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Economic Downturn

June 11, 2020, 6am PDT
New survey data from Massachusetts finds massive housing market stress as more and more renters falling behind on payments.
The Boston Globe
June 11, 2020, 5am PDT
The city of Philadelphia is facing a $649 million budget shortfall, and Mayor Jim Kenney is proposing to cut deeply from the city's housing budget to make up the difference.
June 10, 2020, 6am PDT
While fewer houses are being bought and sold in the first months of the pandemic, prices are on the rise as buyers find less supply available on the market.
June 9, 2020, 10am PDT
Facing a massive budget due to the declining revenues created by the coronavirus pandemic, California will have to cut a program intended to retrofit homes and roofs as a protection against wildfire, among other climate resilience programs.
North State Public Radio
June 9, 2020, 9am PDT
Communities struggling with the economic, social, and health realities of the 21st century must start planning now to mitigate the worst outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from the Center for Community Progress.
Center for Community Progress
June 5, 2020, 7am PDT
Reports from the White House indicate that the Trump administration is planning to rollback federal environmental protections to expedite highway and other projects.
The Washington Post
June 4, 2020, 11am PDT
A large-scale experiment is underway.
Blog post
June 3, 2020, 12pm PDT
As the world rebounds from the first wave of coronavirus, and countries around the globe prepare to spend trillions of dollars for stimulus, should the funds be earmarked to flatten the climate curve?
Robert Fischer
June 3, 2020, 11am PDT
Of all the nightmare scenarios that became possible when the coronavirus hit the shores of the United States, the possibility of massive evictions and a rental market failure seems to have averted the worst possible outcomes. That could still change.
The New York Times
June 3, 2020, 10am PDT
Governing takes a tour through the fiscal impacts of a suddenly cratered economy and an ongoing public health crisis.
May 29, 2020, 5am PDT
A recession is coming, though we don't know how big it will be or how long it will last. Compared to the Great Recession, the housing market could potentially help, rather than hurt, economic recovery, according to the analysis shared here.
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
May 28, 2020, 11am PDT
The Center for Community progress offers advice on effective code enforcement during a time of extreme economic duress.
Center for Community Progress
May 28, 2020, 5am PDT
Renters in smaller multi-family buildings and single-family homes are faced with larger economic challenges during the pandemic, according to new analysis by researchers at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
May 19, 2020, 8am PDT
Unemployment of historically devastating proportions will force people out of their homes and onto the streets, according to a new study by an economist at Columbia University in New York.
Community Solutions
May 8, 2020, 5am PDT
If approved by the Pittsbugh City Council, the proposed Greater Pittsburgh Covid-19 Racial Equity Task Force would work toward more equitable distribution of economic and public health resources, during the coronavirus pandemic and after.
Trib Live
May 7, 2020, 9am PDT
Uber and Airbnb both announced massive layoffs this week, after Lyft did the same last week, as the coronavirus pandemic took a toll on very contemporary corners of the economy.
The Washington Post
May 7, 2020, 5am PDT
A report by Zillow predicts a sudden reversal for the housing market, which has been soaring in many places around the country ever since the worst of the financial crisis and housing market crash of the Great Recession.
May 6, 2020, 12pm PDT
The fiscal effects of the pandemic are likely to make it very difficult for governments to invest in economic and quality of life improvements for people on the edge of poverty.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
May 6, 2020, 11am PDT
Big cities suffered the worst economic effects if the pandemic as of March, according to April data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
May 6, 2020, 7am PDT
France is proposing a momentous step toward clean transportation.
International Railway Journal