All Print Issues

Summer 2008

Issue #154

What Green Means

What Green Means for Communities.


Making Food Deserts Bloom

Finding fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods can be a struggle, but community efforts are striving to fill the void.


HUD Sec’y Resigns, Questions Linger

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson’s departure failed to dispel concerns about his conduct in office that led to multiple ethics investigations.

Shelter Shorts

School’s Out (of Money)

Public schools are taking hits as districts funded by local property taxes experience higher levels of foreclosures, says a report.

Shelter Shorts

Housing Perpetuates Racial Segregation, Group Says

A Dallas-based civil-rights group is charging the largest affordable-housing rental program in Texas with perpetuating racial segregation.

Shelter Shorts

No, Not That Kind of Green

David & Joyce Dinkins Gardens, an exclusively green, $19.5-million, 85-unit affordable-housing complex, has opened in Manhattan’s Harlem.

Shelter Shorts

A House Divided?

Couples seeking divorce are finding that breaking up is, indeed, hard to do — particularly during the recent slump in the housing market. Janell Weinstein, a family-law attorney and legal […]

Shelter Shorts

Walkin’ Blues

They say leaving home ain’t easy, but some homeowners in Florida find they have no other options. More and more homeowners are finding ways to leave their mortgages, hoping to […]


Learning to Love Sticky Cities

Dispelling stereotypes, the Great Lakes Urban Exchange has set out to unite the Rust Belt, starting with restoration of the Great Lakes region and ending with equitable, sustainable transformation.

Radical Liberals

Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life, by Robert B. Reich (2007, Knoph, New York) and The Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity, by Robert Kuttner (2007, Knoph, New York.)

Community Development Field

Salvaging Success from Failure

While the case of Chicago’s El Mercado marketplace project illustrates the kinds of false assuptions that get community development organizations into trouble, it can point the way toward sound decision-making


Home Again

With the help of its local community development corporation, a Boston neighborhood comes to terms with its transformation as a beloved church, long a treasured part of the community is reborn as housing.


A Tale of Two Anaheims

Disney may have won the day against the construction of affordable housing in its “tourism zone” but the coalition forged in the struggle against The Mouse is alive and well and pushing for a community benefits agreement in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle development.

Shelter Shorts

Blocking the ‘Bayonne Box’

Newark, N.J., is one of a handful of Garden State cities that is enjoying something of a housing renaissance, but city government and some residents don’t like the look of […]


Subprime’s Footprint

While immediate steps are necessary to stem foreclosures, a comprehensive solution requires a broader brush.

Moving at Warp Speed

I don’t know much about physics or math. My claim to Einsteinian expertise pretty much begins and ends with The Photo. It hangs on my study wall, framed alongside the […]


The Green New Deal

Majora Carter saw natural beauty and economic empowerment in her South Bronx neighborhood where others saw only a dumping ground. She’s changing the urban landscape in a way that’s been an eye-opener to people around the globe.


Decoding Housing Finance Agencies

State housing finance agencies play a pivotal role in affordable-housing development, yet many advocacy organizations don’t know how to gain leverage in influencing these increasingly powerful bodies.