Digital nomadism

Marx and Engels said that the bourgeoisie could not exist “without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society;” Tony Blair told us that the world of globalisation has “no custom or practice”, and gives rewards only to those “swift to adapt, slow to complain, open, willing and able to …

Addressing affordable housing

Everyone needs an affordable, well-designed place to live. There continues to be  a national shortage of affordable homes, and nearly 11 million renter households are severely cost-burdened – that is, they spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing. In 2014, Enterprise, in partnership with the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing, released a report, Bending the Cost …

The American Housing Crisis Might Be Our Next Big Political Issue

By BENJAMIN SCHNEIDER, 16 May 2018  Several new advocacy groups have sprung up to push for better housing policies at the state and national level. Their first job: Communicating how significant the problem really is. The advertising executive Michael Franzini, founder of the nonprofit ad agency Public Interest, has created campaigns to fight AIDS, spur Holocaust awareness, and advocate for STEM …

Yes, Transit-Rich Neighborhoods Are More Affordable

Living near transit should lower your transportation costs. But not all residents choose to take advantage of this benefit. Damian Dovarganes/AP By SCOTT BERNSTEIN and PETER HAAS for CityLab, 29 May 2018 Contrary to the implications of a recent attention-grabbing study, “location efficiency” matters—good transit does lower transportation costs. Decades of research show how. In October 2017, a study called “Complicating the Story of Location …

Social Housing for the US: Homes for All

By Jimmy Tobias, the Nation, 2018 These developments could not be bought or sold, nor could landlords raise the rents at will, so they remained consistently affordable. However, this made them a threat to the real-estate industry. David Walsh, a US senator at the time, complained that the PWA-constructed houses “in New York, Cleveland, and Boston and elsewhere are really in …

Nearly half of all renters can’t afford rent, and over half a million Americans are homeless on any given night. How did we get here?

According to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, 11.1 million renters in the U.S. spent more than 50 percent of their income on housing. Millennials are creating their own version of success, Worth says, even though it looks different from previous generations’ picture of the American Dream.  Lynn Brown, 28, refused to let the housing market and rising costs of living …

Architects around the globe are exploring “vertical land” to solve homelessness

Digital Trends 4/4/2018 In an example of truly thinking in three dimensions, architects around the globe are beginning to envision housing in a different way. Dubbed “vertical land,” developers are essentially utilizing scaffolding and three-dimensional printing to build homeless shelters on the windowless sides of existing buildings. It’s a controversial and drastic step towards attacking the homeless crises gripping some …

Benefits of social housing on publicly owned land

In a paper released by People’s Policy Project (3P) on Thursday, Peter Gowan and Ryan Cooper propose that municipal governments across the country build millions of units of social housing. An influx of publicly owned, efficiently built apartments would add to the housing supply while minimizing the displacement risks caused by luxury developments. Under the 3P proposal, municipalities would finance the construction …

Research shows AirBnB is removing longer term rental housing and driving up prices

Excerpt from CityLab by Alistair Boone, March 2018 There are two kinds of horror stories about Airbnb. When the home-sharing platform first appeared, the initial cautionary tales tended to emphasize extreme guest (and occasionally host) misbehavior. But as the now decade-old service matured and the number of rental properties proliferated dramatically, a second genre emerged, one that focused on what the …

Benefits of transit access often don’t accrue to low-income riders but provisions for affordable housing nearby can help, and some agencies are taking action

From Transit Center Feb 06, 2018 Affordable Housing: A Next Frontier for Transit? Putting people near transit (and vice-versa) boosts ridership, and many transit agencies talk about transit-oriented development. But in growing recognition that the benefits of transit access often don’t accrue to low-income riders, two agencies are testing strategies to encourage affordable development near transit. Last year, Metro Los Angeles assumed the role …