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New Law Protects Homeowners From Wholesale Buyers in Philly

The new law won't stop the forces of gentrification, but it should stop one of gentrification's most pernicious symptoms.

December 3, 2020 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Leave it to beaver house

The 'Suburban Decline' Narrative Is Overstated

While suburbs are changing, that doesn't mean they are declining, according to recently published research.

February 7, 2019 - Joint Center for Housing Studies

Gated House

Older People Have All the Wealth

"And you know why they made the new twenties? Cause I got all the old ones."

April 27, 2018 - City Observatory

Beach Homes

Equity Reaches Record Levels in the United States

U.S. homeowners are richer than ever, according to a new report.

April 4, 2018 - CNBC

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Using Satellite Imagery, This AI Traces Urban Wealth

Penny is an artificial intelligence program that detects affluence from space. It also lets users experiment with how different visual forms affect its perception of an area's wealth.

July 29, 2017 - CityLab


Poor Suburbs, Rich Cities: Popular Fiction

The false dichotomy of rich cities and poor suburbs is reductive and damaging.

November 3, 2016 - City Observatory

Cleveland Heights

Which Suburbs Have Futures?

The suburbs most likely to prosper are those with wealth and/or walkability.

January 13, 2016 - Michael Lewyn

Uhaul Trucks

The New Housing Crisis: Declining Homeownership, Increasing Rental Costs

Research from the Urban Institute identifies market and demographic trends that could mean a future housing market that will stand in stark contrast to the "subprime mania of the early 2000s."

June 9, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

'Gentrification' Redux: Wealth, Opportunity, Community

Ben Brown wades into the wealth/income inequity morass to make a pitch for getting beyond "gentrification" squabbles and on to wealth-building strategies for the bottom 90 percent.

March 16, 2015 - PlaceShakers

Grocery Store Walk

The Neighborhood Effect: How Place Impacts Upward Mobility

A new blog post from Jonathan Rothwell discusses the impact of neighborhoods on upward mobility.

November 18, 2014 - Brookings Institution

Real Estate Woes Hemorrhaging Wealth from the Middle Class

An article on the Washington Post Wonkblog shows how deeply the real estate crash impacted the wealth of the Middle Class—now on the tail end of three lost decades.

July 30, 2014 - The Washington Post - Wonkblog

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

How Homeownership Has Kept Black Americans from Realizing MLK's Dreams

Fifty years ago today, participants in the March on Washington were seeking to narrow the economic gap between America's blacks and whites. After five decades, that gulf remains. Vauhini Vara explains how homeownership is partly to blame.

August 28, 2013 - The New Yorker

Wealth Concentrates in Neighborhood Full of Government Contractors

Government contracts are filling the pockets of contractors in the Washington D.C. area and helping to create some of the nation's wealthiest neighborhoods.

August 17, 2011 - The Washington Post

Rising Wealth and the Emergence of New Global Cities

New world cities are emerging, and the "first truly urban century" will be shaped by the way increasing wealth is handled in places like Mumbai, Bangalore, Shanghai, Beijing, Sao Paulo and Dubai.

September 4, 2009 - Forbes

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