Low-Income Communities

Asphalt

The Undeniable Link Between Redlining and Extreme Heat in American Cities

The country’s history of racist and segregationist housing policies is affecting vulnerable low-income communities of color that are bearing the brunt of climate change impacts.

August 26, 2020 - The New York Times

Los Angeles Apartments

Landlords in L.A. Attempt to Illegally Remove Tenants Who Can't Pay Rent

Some landlords in the Los Angles area aren't adhering to eviction moratoriums. In the midst of enormous financial strain, they are employing illegal tactics to forcibly remove tenants.

June 26, 2020 - Los Angeles Times

King County Metro Transit

Transit Service Restored in Seattle Area, With New Social Distancing Practices in Place

Seatback signage and reduced capacity will allow King County Metro to begin resuming bus service. In the wake of staff illness and depleted funding, the road to Metro's recovery could be quite long.

May 8, 2020 - The Urbanist

Transit in a Pandemic

How Coronavirus Could Worsen the Racial Wealth Gap in the United States

The impact of coronavirus on unemployment and healthcare is predicted to affect black and Latinos at a disproportionate rate, raising questions about what can be done to ease the suffering and close the racial wealth divide in America.

April 8, 2020 - CNN Business

Electric Car Charging Stencil

California Climate Program Offers Up to $9,500 Toward Purchase of Used EVs

Lawmakers want to ensure that electric vehicles are accessible to all Californians, particularly lower-income motorists in disadvantaged communities. Unlike other incentive programs, participants must also scrap an older, polluting vehicle.

December 14, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

Oakland

Gentrification and Race in the San Francisco Bay Area

A feature article revisits the gentrification and displacement discussion, especially as it pertains to racial and economic demographics, in one of the nation's most troubled and challenging housing markets.

August 14, 2019 - The Mercury News

Urban Pollution

Zoning’s New Role in Environmental Justice

Long used to promote inequality, zoning and land use are now helping to keep vulnerable communities safer and cleaner.

May 13, 2019 - CityLab

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

How Smaller Cities Are Trying to Attract Opportunity Zone Investors

Cities and states are altering local policies to maximize benefits for private investors in Opportunity Zones.

May 1, 2019 - Governing

Rural California Road

Rural Communities Connected Through Grassroots Mobility Services

California residents throughout the Central Valley struggle with inadequate transportation. Shuttle and ride-share programs are filling in the gaps.

November 8, 2018 - The Fresno Bee

Ohio River

Treasury Department Releases Initial 'Opportunity Zones' Guidance

A big day for developers as the Treasure Department paved the way for an anticipated $100 billion in private investment in underserved communities.

October 22, 2018 - Insider Louisville

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