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February 5, 2018, 5am PST
Despite decades of our raising the issue of displacement in the face of rising rents, many Americans still do not see this as a call-to-action or a failure of public policy. Here is why our housing messaging may be backfiring.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
November 21, 2017, 5am PST
Imagine if hosting a transitional tiny home village for the homeless became the norm for all suitable vacant land?
Shelterforce/Rooflines
September 18, 2017, 12pm PDT
Large, adaptive-reuse projects are all the rage in urban planning today, but absent a fundamentally new approach—with affordability at the center of the process—they are likely to become engines of what's been termed "environmental gentrification."
Shelterforce/Rooflines
August 21, 2017, 9am PDT
There will be important functions in public space that are not always “art” whose value is not in proportion to their prettiness.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
July 27, 2017, 6am PDT
Art and culture tend to be integral to helping disenfranchised communities self-identify, develop their identities, and organize around place-based issues. But its presence can also be used be used by real estate interests to market neighborhoods.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
June 11, 2017, 11am PDT
The power and process of boards that take control of a city or territory's finances is becoming more generalized, although they affect local democracy, impose austerity measures without controls, and lack mechanisms to evaluate their efficiency.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
June 10, 2017, 7am PDT
Recent news reports have highlighted the low number of federally-funded affordable housing projects that are built in high-opportunity areas, but an examination has found that strategic allocation changes are having a beneficial effect in New Jersey.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
April 29, 2017, 5am PDT
A tent city occupation in Atlanta is among several recent actions in cities around the country. Residents fearing displacement at the hands of publicly supported private development are organizing, and running for office, against it.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
April 13, 2017, 8am PDT
Seeing "No Matter Where You're From" signs in liberal-leaning towns makes me both smile and cringe. Why? Because I know the tolerant message belies the real feelings many have towards neighbors, not from other countries, but "other" neighborhoods.
Shelterforce/Rooflines
April 4, 2017, 11am PDT
With the high cost of land and housing in most major cities, why don't we just make the hundreds of "walkable" small towns in the United States more desirable places to live for average earners?
Shelterforce/Rooflines