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Redlining’s Legacy

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On March 30, 2018
Redlining, the mid-twentieth century federal effort to determine home loan viability based upon the racial makeup of neighborhoods, both reflected long standing white supremacy and created new structures of white supremacy that still have a tremendous impact on black communities today. Racial discrimination in mortgage lending in the 1930s shaped the demographic and wealth patterns […]
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Driverless Cars and Sprawl

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On August 31, 2017
I have a lot of issues with driverless cars, primarily that they are being developed to throw millions of people out of work. With driving pretty much the last decently paid working class job that employs huge numbers of Americans, these cars may have a social benefit, but they also come with a huge economic […]

Rents

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On August 31, 2017

I’m a long-term renter, largely for reasons out of my control, which is the vagaries of academia, including having a spouse who lives several hundred miles away. I would like to buy at some poin

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Affordable Housing

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On April 19, 2017
Affordable housing lotteries in New York are really a sign of just how woeful the housing situation is in that city for the poor, not to mention the middle class. In a January press message, the developers of Pacific Park Brooklyn suggested “the demand for affordable housing in the borough is tremendous,” citing more than […]

Small City NIMBYism

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On February 13, 2017

While I suppose democratic participation in urban planning is a good thing, in practice, it leads to a lot of situations like we are seeing in Eugene. Housing prices are skyrocketing there, yet basic

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Cities versus States

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On August 25, 2016
This is a good piece on the battles in conservative states between their liberal enclave cities and the right-wing extremists who control the statehouse. “PREEMPTION” LAWS ARE not new, nor are they necessarily about undoing local legislation. But with some notable exceptions, past preemption laws have generally enforced what can be called “minimum preemption”: They […]

Stop the Sprawl

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On July 17, 2016

If cities are to keep growing, as they will, they must stop growing outwards and start growing upwards. The environmental and human consequences are too great to consider otherwise. As cities grow, pe

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