In 1990, Atlanta’s per capita income was below that of its metro area. But in 2004, after years of encouraging professionals to move to the city’s downtown and neighborhoods, its per capita income was 28 percent higher than its metro area. The New York Times (3/11/06) reports that this shift was the largest in the […]
His was a life devoted to the preservation of our civil liberties. But it all began with a belief in decent, affordable housing.
Mayor Brown’s plan for a new downtown in Oakland was stymied by a resurgence of grassroots housing advocacy
The people who staff antipoverty programs hardly ever get interviewed, although they’re primary sources of non-ideological information about the grassroots problems of the poor.
While planners and developers redraw the city map, displaced residents struggle to have a role in rebuilding New Orleans.
Will Hurricane Katrina change the way intermediaries do business?
Hurricane Katrina forced organizing groups to stretch to their limits, but it also showcased their strengths as never before
The handling of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath underscores the human disaster resulting from the ascendancy of right-wing ideas and corporate domination of the federal government, which extols market forces, individualism and private charity over public responsibility and the common good.
Tenants in New York City are getting fed up as growing numbers of tourists camp out in their buildings. Landlords have taken to evicting tenants from single room occupancy buildings and making their units available to tourists for overnights or one-week stays. A grassroots housing group has counted 36 buildings in the Chelsea and Clinton […]
Sarasota, Florida, tops a list of the meanest cities in America compiled by the National Coalition for the Homeless and National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. Sarasota passed a law in 2005 that criminalizes homelessness, citing a person’s lack of any indoor place to live as a criterion for arrest. Little Rock, Arkansas, made […]
President Bush issued another round of proposed cuts to housing and social service programs in February as he sent his latest budget to Congress. Having failed in 2005 to move the community development block grant program (CDBG) from HUD to the Commerce Department, which would have included a 35 percent cut, Bush proposed a more […]
In the second largest settlement ever involving an alleged predatory lender, Ameriquest agreed to a $325 million settlement in January after a two-year investigation led by the California attorney general. The company, a subsidiary of the largest sub-prime lender in the United States, regularly failed to disclose prepayment penalties, inflated appraisals and misrepresented buyers’ credit […]
Anti-lead advocates scored a big win in court in February when a jury ruled that three paint companies sold products they knew contained toxic lead. The Rhode Island attorney general had sued the paint makers as a result of sustained advocacy by the Childhood Lead Action Project. The suit charged that companies sold dangerous paint […]
Good design and affordability are not mutually exclusive, but finding help to bring these two together can be tough.
A labor/community partnership stops a fare hike and gives workers a boost
How do we grow or even stabilize when we’ve topped out our dues income and have to do more and more to keep the level of foundation support we have?