Intentional community links

Previously known as the “Fellowship for Intentional Communities” is now officially the “Foundation for Intentional Communities.” They have a beautiful new website and their directory of over 1,000 intentional communities is as robust as ever. As they explain, “We loved the kindred-spirit sentiment of ‘Fellowship,’ but we didn’t care for the old-school and masculine connotations. The title ‘Foundation’ speaks to …

Housing First plus a “strict housing mix to limit social segregation: 25% social housing, 30% subsidised purchase, and 45% private sector. Helsinki also insists on no visible external differences between private and public housing stock”

In each new district, the city maintains a strict housing mix to limit social segregation: 25% social housing, 30% subsidised purchase, and 45% private sector. Helsinki also insists on no visible external differences between private and public housing stock, and sets no maximum income ceiling on its social housing tenants. It has invested heavily, too, in homelessness prevention, setting up …

Doctrine of Discovery at heart of Saskatchewan court case

Repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery could occur through adopting Call to Action 45 of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report – that is “to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples such as the Doctrine of Discovery.” APTN National News | March 21, 2019 by Kathleen Martens Sylvia McAdam in the Saskatchewan park. (Bryan Eneas photo) By Kathleen Martens APTN …

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 …