School-Violence-Poverty Index Might Unlock Opportunity Bargains

Community Development Housing Poverty Race

              Pearl River     I approach so-called “opportunity indexes” with a heavy dose of skepticism, largely because I worry about an urban strategy that dilutes concern for the whole community by carving out islands for special treatment.  This has been the bane of community development corporations, focusing on specific neighborhoods or areas, and, despite attracting …

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Retrofitting Offices to Housing Units

Affordability Housing Ideas and Issues

            New Orleans       Finally, I’ve found a reason to keep up with the push-and-shove of some workers to stay at home rather than going back to the office:  retrofitting office buildings to affordable residential housing units.  In a discussion recently with the co-founder of the apartment application, Dwellsy, I raised the question about whether …

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