Jan 23

Source: Opinion | I Helped Expose the Lead Crisis in Flint. Here’s What Other Cities Should Do. – The New York Times


Flint is an extreme case but not unique. A troubling number of cities across the country — Pittsburgh, Chicago, Portland, Ore. — are struggling with elevated lead in their drinking water. It’s one of the legacies of the profit-driven and largely unaccountable lead industry that thwarted science, fought regulations and forced its use in our gasoline, paint and plumbing.

Jan 09

As the city experiences a new wave of gentrification, businesses are shuttering – and nothing is replacing them

Source:  Adrian Daub | Opinion | The Guardian

Jan 08

Senior citizen suspect Robert Thomas was upset about flooding in his unit, so he pulled out a gun.

Source: Video shows Las Vegas man, 93, open fire on apartment maintenance worker

Jan 05

“I think it’s part of a broader contempt that government officials have for renters,” he continues. “A lot of it is aimed at pushing landlords out as well. A lot of cities are hostile towards rental properties and their ‘less desirable’ occupants [compared to] owner occupants. Both sides of the transaction are being punished.”

Source: Crime-Free Housing Ordinances Are Spreading, but Some Groups Are Fighting Back – Next City

Dec 28

But his family arrived in Los Angeles at a time of discrimination in housing and mortgage lending, which largely restricted black families to certain neighborhoods in South Los Angeles.Through a practice known as redlining, real estate agents and lenders marked these neighborhoods as areas undesirable for investment, preventing residents there from obtaining home loans.

Source: Black, Homeless and Burdened by L.A.’s Legacy of Racism – The New York Times

Dec 15

Two years after New York became the first city in the United States to guarantee legal representation for every tenant facing eviction, four more cities have followed suit, and a bill has been introduced to Congress that would help provide lawyers in even more cities.

Source: Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice? – Next City

Dec 14

The giant spaces that once housed a single anchor tenant are being reconfigured to attract multiple smaller shops. Empty stores are being filled with new kinds of tenants–hospital offices, pop-up shops for digital brands and even sports centers.

Source: Here’s how malls with dead stores are finding new tenants | WHNT.com

Dec 14

Property owners once saw short-term rental listing sites like Airbnb Inc. as a threat. Now, some are embracing them. Startups like Sonder Corp., Domio Inc. and Lyric Hospitality Inc. typically lease blocks of furnished apartments on the same floor or even entire buildings under long-term deals. Then they turn around and rent them out to travelers for stays of a few weeks or as short as one night.

Source: In the Airbnb Era, Apartment Landlords Are the New Hoteliers – WSJ

Dec 14

A giant 3D printer built two houses in an impoverished, rural part of Mexico last week, breaking ground on what will be the first 3D-printed neighborhood in the world. The houses aren’t just a prototype. Developers hope to build 50 new houses by the end of 2020, replacing the structures that residents built themselves out of wood, metal and whatever materials they could afford.

Source: The world’s first 3D-printed neighborhood is being built in Mexico for families living on $3 a day – CNN

Dec 14

Workforce housing is supposed to serve a portion of the working population that has trouble affording market-rate but is not eligible for lower-income housing. Russell championed a program in the OMNI district that gives residential developers density bonuses if they set aside a number of dwellings for renters in either the affordable or workforce housing categories. The commissioner feared changing the math would upend development in that zone under that program and leave a hole in the “spectrum of afforda

Source: Miami could launch housing program for potential homeowners | Miami Herald

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