An Architect for Disasters and the Poor

Missoula    The problem of affordable housing and post-disaster housing are coupled together by cost and for those who care, by speed.

Cost, because no one in government anymore wants to put the real price tag on what it would take to finally put all Americans into decent and affordable housing, much less the hundreds of millions [...]

Low and Moderate Income Housing Policies Remain Confused and Contentious

New Orleans     It’s hard to read about tax breaks for hedge fund gazillionaires, drug companies redomiciling in other countries to lower their taxes, and declining income tax revenues in this era of super profits for corporations and super wealth for individuals and notice at the same time that as part of the budget balancing shenanigans [...]

Banks Shirking Responsibility for Foreclosed Property Maintenance

New Orleans  I woke up to headlines indicating that the National Fair Housing Alliance has accused Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank of effectively “red lining” blight into largely African-American and Latino neighborhoods in 35 different cities in 15 metropolitan areas.  Recently the alliance added New Orleans, Dallas, New Haven, and Hampton Roads, Virginia to an amended complaint [...]

For Tenancy to be an Alternative, Renting Has to Work

New Orleans   One of the many unresolved issues from the Great Recession, still painfully winding down, is whether or not it is time to call the dream of home ownership for low-and-moderate income families a tragic mirage.  Having wiped out a generation of increased ownership among African-Americans and Hispanic families, and lacking a concerted funding [...]

Bank Mortgage and Foreclosure Problems Won’t Go Away

New Orleans  No matter how many billions banks pay to try to whitewash their devastatingly destructive behavior in milking home owner mortgages and turning homeowners every way but loose, they can’t make the mess go away.  The stains and scandals are indelible and their refusal to change their culture or their standard operating practices guarantees [...]

Submerged State

New Orleans   A frequent theme in the years leading up to the complicated and star crossed rollout of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare among the pundits, editorial writers, and commentators tried to nick the President for his weak kneed efforts to “sell” the program to the American public.  Reading Cornell Professor Suzanne Mettler’s Submerged State:  [...]