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.

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 letter inviting my father to visit Albert Einstein at his home in Princeton. I never tire of looking at it, because it tells a great […]

Subprime’s Footprint

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

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 the housing boom. Much of the redevelopment has ushered in a type of housing known as the “Bayonne Box,” named after the nearby city of […]

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 analyst, discusses the legal ramifications of divorce on at firstwivesworld.com, and she’s saying that increasing numbers of couples are waiting to physically separate until their […]

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 avoid the serious credit damage done by delinquency. These are not homeowners in arrears on their mortgage payments; they simply see a bleak road lined […]

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

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Making Food Deserts Bloom

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