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Taking the Poor Door to Extremes in London

Warren, Arkansas       Recently we discussed the potential evolution of the so-called “poor door” housing programs implemented by developers trying to segregate one-percenters from affordable housing units in their complexes in New York City.  I warned that Mumbai offered a potential case study in how such lack of integration could lead to rebuilding substandard housing next [...]

Nine Years after Katrina

Lower 9th Ward before and after, credit to Ted Jackson at nola.com

Little Rock       Perhaps the best news in the nine years since Katrina has been that we have not faced another devastating hurricane, as the city continues to struggle to rebuild.  We had a bit of problem a couple of years ago in 2012, [...]

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 [...]