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 […]

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 […]

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 […]