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Every NIMBY’s Speech At a Public Hearing - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
No evidence applies to us. Our town exists in a fog of mystery and enigmatic strangeness, and nothing that happens outside city boundaries should have any bearing on how we govern or exist.

Or, to put it another way, let’s make a list of public programs that have directly benefitted me. Those are good. Now let’s make a list of public programs that benefit other people. Those are bad.
housing  sociology  writing 
5 weeks ago by oripsolob
The Gap | National Low Income Housing Coalition
No State Has an Adequate Supply of Affordable Rental Housing for the Lowest Income Renters
class  sociology  inequalities  housing 
february 2019 by oripsolob
Regional Housing Solutions
Understanding housing submarkets can help communities develop new initiatives that are responsive to local needs.
housing  sociology  maps 
february 2019 by oripsolob
AH101 Sessions
Joining Forces for Affordable Housing (sessions)
housing  sociology 
february 2019 by oripsolob
Owned, A Tale of Two Americas | Gene Siskel Film Center
The dark side of the middle class ideal of home ownership, a bedrock component of the
American Dream, is explored with briskly-paced verve, giving this twisty tale of myth-making,
entrenched racism, and financial manipulation an urgent vibrancy.  The explosive growth of
post-WWII suburbia, exemplified by developments like Levittown, launched legions of returning
white G.I.s into a class upgrade that made them lords of the lawnmower and backyard grill,
while minorities were simultaneously being barred from the giddy prosperity party of the Fifties
by practices that included extensive redlining and covenant deeds that mandated racial and ethnic
exclusions.  Director Angelini (producer of MY FRIEND DAHMER) moves forward through
the decades to link house flipping, the McMansion craze, underwater mortgages, and the 2008
crash with the widening gap between the haves and have-nots.  DCP digital.
housing  sociology  race  inequalities 
january 2019 by oripsolob
Income Limits | HUD USER
useful for calculating the AMI for the MSA. Use 80% for homeowners and 60% for renters.
sociology  housing  Reference 
january 2019 by oripsolob
Affordable Housing Units Proposed In Deerbrook Development Plan | Patch
The developers hoping to build 246 residential units behind the Deerbrook Shopping Center offered to include 18 affordable apartments for at least 25 years.

That's 7% "affordable" housing, which according to the developer means available to persons earning less than 120% AMI.
housing  sociology 
december 2018 by oripsolob
How white racism destroys black wealth - The Washington Post
In the end, they were left with one number: $48,000.

That’s the amount the average home in a majority-black neighborhood is undervalued, relative to an identical home in an identical all-white neighborhood once you properly adjust for all the other structural and neighborhood characteristics that could plausibly affect that number. That’s the “cost of racial bias,” as the authors put it, “amounting to $156 billion in cumulative losses” accruing to black homeowners.
housing  race  inequalities  sociology 
november 2018 by oripsolob
Wilmette approves 16-unit affordable housing plan for old American Legion site - Wilmette Life
Village President Bob Bielinski told the audience that the benefits of having affordable housing in town outweighed any plan shortcomings.

“This is workforce housing,” he said. “Frankly I think this is a truly unique opportunity, and I will support it.”

Cleland Place supporters, many of whom wore stickers prominently displaying “YIMBY” for “yes in my back yard,” said the project would bring needed diversity to Wilmette housing stock, and would allow people such as preschool teachers, pharmacy technicians, waiters, retail salespeople and childcare workers to live in the town in which they worked.

“Over the years, I’ve heard the same arguments each time some type of affordable housing was proposed,” said Prairie Avenue resident Judy Goode, a former village Plan Commission member. “I think it’s time for us to mature as a village. We’re ready for this.”

Opponents repeated concerns that the project was too dense for the lot it will rise on, would add to traffic congestion at the nearby Wilmette Avenue-Ridge Road intersection and would lower nearby property values.
2018  housing  sociology  Media 
april 2018 by oripsolob
"The Area" on Vimeo (9 minutes)
David Schalliol (Sociology Professor at St. Olaf College, friend of Sokolowski): "Several years ago, transportation company Norfolk Southern initiated an expansion of its 47th Street Terminal by covertly buying property in the northeast corner of Englewood. Since the plans were publicized in September 2011, residents have been living on borrowed time, maintaining friendships and traditions while struggling with new problems in their vanishing community. This short is the first piece of a feature-length documentary about the neighborhood and its confrontation with the pressures of contemporary transportation infrastructure."
sociology  Video  housing  photography 
november 2017 by oripsolob
The Chicago Housing Authority’s sleeping giant | Feature | Chicago Reader
But public housing is no longer the primary means by which the CHA provides housing assistance to low-income families. The vast majority of the people on its rolls are voucher holders living in the private rental market. Following decades of bad planning and institutional neglect, which earned Chicago's public housing complexes a reputation for being the country's worst "vertical ghettos," the Plan for Transformation sought to remake the city's subsidized housing landscape both physically and politically. Most high-rise public housing was demolished and Section 8 subsidies were expanded; the shift reflected national policy trends spurred by the view that local governments just weren't capable of being good landlords for the poor. Beginning in the 1990s, policymakers increasingly argued that the physical design of public housing (rather than segregationist politics or inept bureaucratic administration) had led to residents becoming a disenfranchised underclass in most American cities. Vouchers were seen as a way to roll back government involvement in the housing market and reconnect low-income households to the existing institutions of their cities. The various consequences of the Plan for Transformation—from mass displacement to entrenched segregation to the rise of private companies profiteering off the voucher program—have been amply documented. But an additional ramification has been the erosion of organized tenant power.
housing  sociology  chicago 
october 2017 by oripsolob
A 'Forgotten History' Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America : NPR
Rothstein's new book, The Color of Law, examines the local, state and federal housing policies that mandated segregation. He notes that the Federal Housing Administration, which was established in 1934, furthered the segregation efforts by refusing to insure mortgages in and near African-American neighborhoods — a policy known as "redlining." At the same time, the FHA was subsidizing builders who were mass-producing entire subdivisions for whites — with the requirement that none of the homes be sold to African-Americans.
history  housing  race  inequalities  sociology  NPR 
august 2017 by oripsolob
Making Affirmative Action White Again - The New York Times
History of discriminatory federal government legislation, eg., Wagnr Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, GI Bill, Social Security, National Housing Act, etc.

Median household wealth = $134,230 (white) versus $11,030 (black)
history  inequalities  race  Money  education  housing  sociology 
august 2017 by oripsolob
The housing subsidy that no one is talking about—and has never been cut.
When is a housing subsidy not a housing subsidy?

When it subsidizes homeownership.

When is a housing subsidy economic stimulus and not charity?

When the money supports bankers, real estate agents and developers.

In 2017, the federal government subsidized homeownership to the tune of $140.7 billion dollars; it is estimated 75 percent of this allocation went to households earning over $100,000.00. In 2017, the federal government subsidized rental assistance housing to the tune of $46.0 billion dollars, all of which went to households poor enough to “qualify” for this assistance. Guess which of these two housing assistance programs of the federal government are being proposed for massive cuts in 2018. We’ll give you one hint: bankers and real estate agents are not freaking out!
opinion  sociology  housing  inequalities  class  Money 
july 2017 by oripsolob
Street Photography and Homelessness with Jean-Benoit Levy, Matthew Gerring, TJ Johnston
Featured: San Francisco version of StreetWise

The San Francisco homeless population is conservatively estimated to be between 7,000-10,000, including enough children to fill 35 transit buses. Many of who attend school every day, and return to the street or the limited bay area shelters available at night. Of which, please keep in mind, for every 5 homeless people in San Francisco, there is but one bed available. Meaning, there is only enough space to shelter 20% of the total population on the streets today..

We dive into these realities of what homelessness truly means. The misconceptions of who is homeless. The relationship of HUD funding and homelessness and so much more...
sociology  photography  inequalities  housing  design  typography 
july 2017 by oripsolob
Wilmette affordable housing project facing more hurdles - Wilmette Life
The neighboring property purchase for senior and dementia patients is now the hurdle: "Hicks, Artis' senior vice-president of development, said his company has the shopping center property under contract for purchase, but that the purchase is subject to getting the necessary village approvals for its project.

Hicks said Artis and HODC officials talked earlier this year, and that Artis had offered to buy the Legion property from the corporation.

"That was something they weren't able to entertain, which I respect," Hicks said. Koenig confirmed the offer.

But Hicks said his company was focused on its own project.

"I don't know exactly what they need, but I can say we need every inch of what we have. At this point, we're not cooperating in any sense of easements," he said.
housing  sociology 
july 2017 by oripsolob
HODC seeks city aid for Brummel building | Evanston Now
This is a comment from the Wilmette HODC Low Income Housing closed Facebook group:

"In one of his meetings, Richard Koenig assured Wilmette residents that he would never come to Wilmette for handouts related to his Legion Hall project because he keeps reserves for his buildings. Wilmette residents were skeptical of his assurances because it has been HODC's habit to ask host communities for money for building repairs and improvements. Sure enough, just read this article about another of HODC's projects in Evanston."

Here was my comment in response: "I'm genuinely confused. How does this application for a federal loan constitute a "handout" from a "host community"?
housing  sociology  social  Media  literacy 
june 2017 by oripsolob
Supercommuters, skyrocketing commutes, and America’s affordable housing crisis
[R]ents in coastal cities such as Washington, D.C.; Boston; and San Francisco are high, but they’re usually matched by higher incomes, as well as greater access to affordable public transit, which lowers overall transportation costs. That lowers the overall cost burden when viewed as a percentage of total spending each month. Affordability and transport really become a weight on moderate- and low-income families in areas of rising housing costs, lower average incomes, and a dearth of accessible transportation.

Factoring in transportation costs can radically change affordability studies that only take housing into account. For instance, Losing Ground found that Houston was the eighth most affordable place to live out of the 25 cities studied in 2012 (the last year the survey was completed). When transportation in the sprawling city is factored in, Houston drops to 17th. The opposite happens with cities that offer more public transportation, such as New York and Chicago, which become more affordable when factoring in the cost of mobility and getting to work.

The weight of rising rents is forcing low-income Americans to live farther and farther from where they work, which in turn increases their transportation expenses.

There’s a pronounced racial dimension to the increase in commuting time: Brookings research found that as more lower-income urban Americans are pushed to suburban areas due to rising rents, the number of jobs near the typical Hispanic (17 percent decline) and black (14 percent decline) resident in major metro areas declined much more steeply than for white (6 percent decline).

Each additional mile adds up. According to data from the Metropolitan Policy Program for the Brookings Institution, the cost of commuting hits the working poor hardest. It currently takes up roughly 6 percent of their income, double that of high-income workers. For those driving alone—a larger and larger part of the U.S. workforce—the percentage rises to 8 to 9 percent.

Instead of spending billions to build new roads to exurbs and new developments on the fringes of big metro areas, invest hundreds of millions in building better school districts in lower-priced neighborhoods already connected to regional highway systems.

For those spending more time driving to work to reach the same destination, laying more roads for longer commutes isn’t the long-term answer.
housing  sociology  inequalities  class  race 
june 2017 by oripsolob
Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich - The New York Times
Richard V. Reeves, Dream Hoarders: "Take housing, perhaps the most significant example. Exclusionary zoning practices allow the upper middle class to live in enclaves. Gated communities, in effect, even if the gates are not visible. Since schools typically draw from their surrounding area, the physical separation of upper-middle-class neighborhoods is replicated in the classroom. Good schools make the area more desirable, further inflating the value of our houses. The federal tax system gives us a handout, through the mortgage-interest deduction, to help us purchase these pricey homes. For the upper middle classes, regardless of their professed political preferences, zoning, wealth, tax deductions and educational opportunity reinforce one another in a virtuous cycle."
sociology  housing  class  education  race 
june 2017 by oripsolob
Racial segregation continues, and even intensifies: Manhattan Institute report heralding the “end” of segregation uses a measure that masks important demographic and economic trends | Economic Policy Institute
For policy purposes, a more appropriate index of segregation than dissimilarity is an index that describes the “exposure” of African Americans to the majority white population. By this measure, segregation is today greater than it was in 1940, and has remained mostly unchanged since 1950.  As John Logan and Brian Stults of Brown University’s US2010 Project have shown, in 1940, the average black lived in a neighborhood that was 40 percent white. In 1950 it fell to 35 percent—where it remains today. This average, of course, aggregates data from many neighborhoods where blacks have virtually no exposure to whites, and others where integration is advanced. Nonetheless, by this measure there has been no progress in reducing segregation for the last 60 years.

Indeed, a recent study of school reform in Chicago concluded that although much could be accomplished in schools serving disadvantaged students outside neighborhoods of such concentrated poverty, there is little hope of improving children’s education in “truly disadvantaged” neighborhoods.
race  sociology  inequalities  housing  education 
february 2017 by oripsolob
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