A return to writing and a protest at Lathrop Homes

Okay I’m back. I realize I keep saying this. I also keep hoping it is true. I have been writing, just not here. If you’re interested, I started a personal blog that focuses mainly on anxiety, a recent running injury, and my thoughts on the world in general. Writing about myself was a bit of a […]

Monthly Roundup: Five stories in the news

After a long break, here is my newest roundup of the month’s most enticing, infuriating, discussion-worthy news stories! I have always enjoyed these posts, since they give me time to reflect on my recent reading and to share my thoughts on multiple aspects of affordable housing. Please let me know in the comments about your favorite compelling […]

Can Mayor de Blasio achieve mandatory AND permanent affordable housing?

New York City Mayor de Blasio and the City Council have big plans to overhaul the city’s affordable housing laws. Under New York’s current inclusionary zoning plan, developers voluntarily include affordable housing in rezoned buildings (buildings that are taller or larger than is allowed under zoning law) in exchange for certain tax breaks and incentives. This is […]

Preserving housing along The 606

Residents living along the route of Chicago’s new recreational trail The 606 (also known as Bloomingdale Trail) are, as predicted, feeling the pressure of gentrification. For low-income families, this could mean a forced exodus further west, away from the city, where rents and property values remain low.  Mayor Emanuel promised to help preserve affordable housing […]

Affordable housing fights in Hoboken

Hoboken’s affordable housing ordinance (enacted in 1988) has been upheld by an appellate court, making it mandatory for developers to designate ten percent of new homes per housing development as affordable. Just as when California’s Supreme Court upheld a similar ordinance in San Jose, developers are outraged. The case came to court after the Fair Share […]

Preserving affordable housing makes economic sense

Owners of Penn Plaza, an apartment building in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, recently handed out eviction notices to residents of its 321 units, of which 41 are affordable under Section 8 and the rest rent at below-market rates. The eviction notices came without any mention of relocation assistance (although they did remind residents to ‘have a […]

How liberal are Democrats when low-income housing comes to their neighborhood?

Now that HUD and the Supreme Court are cracking down on fair housing (the SCOTUS ruling upholding disparate impact cases and HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing came within two weeks of each other) Democrats have to live up to their rhetoric and embrace the poor and non-white into their own (affluent, white) neighborhoods.  Thomas Edsall […]

When does the quest for diversity go too far? 

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is HUD’s latest rule to prevent housing discrimination. The rule makes it easier (through a HUD-provided tool and clarified HUD regulations) for housing authorities and communities to track area demographics. The resulting statistics will create a more wholistic picture of a neighborhood and will allow communities to make decisions that further […]

Federal funds can no longer create segregation, however inadvertent (I hope)

The New York Times published an informative editorial outlining the history, implications, and reasoning of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Fair Housing Act. The piece describes the racial segregation propagated by developers who use federal tax credits to build more affordable housing in already depressed areas.  The excuse of economic development rarely produces […]

Are whites the only gentrifiers?

I have a lot of questions about gentrification and race. Specifically about the relationship with black and white people and the creation of neighborhood change. Are their different versions of gentrification within different racial communities?  Is there room for diversity? Can neighborhoods gentrify and retain their minority populations? Or is the white demographic essential? If […]