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Urban Planning and Development
July 14, 2016
Dispatches From Our Gilded Age
Caviar, champagne, and class hatred.
June 8, 2016
The Genius of Jane Jacobs, Who Changed the Way We Think About Cities
She argued in favor of local wisdom and community visions over the grandiose designs of distant planners.
Roberta Brandes Gratz
June 3, 2016
Chattanooga Was a Typical Postindustrial City. Then It Began Offering Municipal Broadband.
Chattanooga’s publicly owned Internet service has helped boost its economy and bridge the digital divide.
May 13, 2016
In New Orleans, Criminal Justice Meets Housing Justice
When you’re released from jail, you’ve served your time. So why do so many cities still bar the formerly incarcerated from public housing?
May 6, 2016
The Case for Public Housing
The market can’t solve the nation’s affordable housing crisis. The gap between costs and incomes is just too large.
Matthew Gordon Lasner
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May 2, 2016
Making Sense of the Boston Public Schools Walkout
The Boston Public Schools have been under sustained budget cuts for several years. This year students decided they'd had enough.
April 29, 2016
No Plumbing, No Protection: The Story of Milwaukee’s Evicted
Many of the worst symptoms of American poverty are rooted in the instability brought on by eviction, according to a new book by sociologist Matthew Desmond.
April 26, 2016
The Key to Making Economic Development More Equitable Is Making It More Democratic
How Oakland and other cities are experimenting with efforts to make local residents active participants in the development process.
K. Sabeel Rahman
April 11, 2016
Can Neighborhoods Be Revitalized Without Gentrifying Them?
Baltimore’s new housing plan could provide a form of neighborhood uplift that benefits communities, not developers.
April 5, 2016
How Banks and Developers Collude to Get Rid of New York’s Affordable Housing
Granting huge mortgages on rent-regulated buildings doesn’t make financial sense—unless lenders know buyers will kick out existing tenants.