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The Neighborhood Gap: Racial and Income Segregation

Little Rock    Three Stanford researchers are claiming to have discovered something new in the acknowledged huge divide between white and black families in addition to making less money and “blatant discrimination,” and that’s a so-called “neighborhood gap.” Meaning that through data crunching they found what the Times called “a striking pattern: White (and Asian-American) middle-income […]

Supreme Court Sinks More Homeowners into Permanent Debt

New Orleans    In a startling unanimous decision, the US Supreme Court overturned an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision finding in favor of Bank of America that even bankruptcy protection does not allow underwater homeowners the ability to escape the obligations of second mortgages.  The impact of the decision allows zombie banks to continue operating […]

For Banks the Party Never Stopped

Houston        Seven years after the wheels started coming off the bank’s mad money train, it seems clear that settlements for mortgage abuse, which is euphemism for fraud, Dodd-Frank legislation, and what should have been the awesome weight of having collapsed the US and world economy and upended the lives of millions, have essentially been water […]

Residential Segregation and Upward Mobility

New Orleans         Reports of a new study by economists Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, and Lawrence Katz looking more deeply at the earning records of millions of families who moved to different addresses found that “poor children who grow up in some cities and towns have sharply higher odds of escaping poverty than similar poor children […]

Gentrification Outstripping Community Development

Protest in Chinatown over Gentrification

 New Orleans      Josh Ishimatsu wrote an interesting piece for theRooflines blog managed by Shelterforce magazine that asks troubling questions about whether rapid development in the form of gentrification has outstripped community development efforts.  He might have even gone farther and asked whether community development corporations have too often been […]

Smaller Units, Common Spaces, Affordable Land, and Housing

New Orleans         Recently we had one of those magical moments of organizational synergy when a new member working at the Gulf Coast head start facilities where we have a contract, signed up with Local 100 and her address indicated that she lived on Texas ACORN Street.  We were excited because those streets in ACORN Glen, […]