How our housing choices make adult friendships more difficult: We can refuse to accept the status quo of default isolation.

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated Dec 27, 2018 SHARE Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2015. I often think about a piece I read in the Atlantic, by Julie Beck, called “How Friendships Change in Adulthood.” I suspect it will ring true for Vox readers of, uh, a certain age. Like my age, for instance. Old, is what I’m saying. I do think, however, that …

Federal Court rules cities cannot arrest people for sleeping on public property unless they have provided adequate shelter

A federal court ruled last week it will not review a decision that cities cannot arrest people for sleeping on public property unless they have provided adequate shelter. The case, Martin v. City of Boise, was before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling could still be taken up the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling means cities cannot enforce anti-vagrancy or similar …

Comprehensive housing security and economic mobility legislative package in Boston

Boston mayor unveils housing security and economic mobility legislation, Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Jan. 8, 2019 Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced on Monday a comprehensive housing security and economic mobility legislative package. The 14-bill package, which he detailed in a Boston Herald Op-Ed, aims to promote equity, opportunity and resilience by “preserving neighborhoods, stabilizing vulnerable households, supporting small businesses, removing barriers that keep people in poverty …

A study on gentrification made 12 recommendations for Denver. Three years later, here’s where the city stands.

FEB 4, 2019 GROWTH The Colorado Sun — kevin@coloradosun.com More than two years after it issued its report, the city has implemented a variety of measures to address concerns identified in the study. Some programs, such as jobs associated with highway construction, fall under the purview of the state or another jurisdiction. The Sun asked the city’s Office of Economic Development for a …

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo

Clean Energy Through Urban Action – PUSH Buffalo, by Carolyn Fortuna in Clean Technica, February 23rd, 2019  “It’s an interesting time to be alive,” Rahwa Ghirmatzion, PUSH Buffalo‘s executive director, began during a recent interview with us at CleanTechnica. Mobilizing residents into vibrant neighborhoods with safe, reasonably-priced housing and local hiring opportunities, the organization has many successes, and its ongoing collaboration with the Solutions Project to power the …

Land trusts fight displacement: Subsidy at the front end provides affordable housing in the long run. Community land trusts take housing and land off the market

“By sharing land, the city can retain its identity by becoming a more economically sustainable place to live” Some Groups In L.A. Are Turning To Community Land Trusts For Affordable Housing, on NPR.org, All Things Considered, by JESSE HARDMAN, 4 Feb 2019 A one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is unaffordable for many residents. Some community groups are trying an approach they say …

Zillow and others bringing mass insta-sales into housing market

By Patrick Clark, Bloomberg Business Week February 14, 2019 With its tan stucco exterior and red tile roof, the Rittenhouse home on South Star Canyon Drive looks a lot like the other houses in Power Ranch, a large planned community southeast of Phoenix. Mark, a meat buyer for a grocery chain, and Anne, a nurse, bought the house for $293,000 …

Five trends to watch in community and economic development in 2019 + Create a Solidarity Economy Giving Project

1. Opportunity Zones will take effect in force No surprise here. Opportunity Zones were the big community development story in 2018 and will continue to be in 2019. Proposed regulations should be finalized this year, creating more confidence for investors. Opportunity Funds are already being set up, and investment volumes will grow rapidly. But because of variation in the economic standing of Opportunity Zones, the …

Money still follows the segregation map in Baltimore

By Chase Hoffberger, Baltimorebrew.com February 6, 2019 New study shows the differences in economic activity—and access to opportunity—between neighborhoods New analysis of investment patterns in Baltimore shows the degree to which decades-old housing policy that divided the city by race has locked in a landscape of “haves” and “have nots.” Between 2011 and 2016, Baltimore neighborhoods that are less than 50% African …