Think Globally, Build Like Hell Locally
Mother Jones · May-June 2023
NIMBYs come in a variety of forms, but the most confounding are those who call themselves progressive yet abuse laws conceived to protect the environment in order to block desperately needed housing, driving up costs and fueling homelessness.
Imagine a Renters’ Utopia. It Might Look Like Vienna.
New York Times · 23 May 2023
Soaring real estate markets have created a worldwide housing crisis. What can we learn from a city that has largely avoided it?
‘Granny flats’ play surprising role in easing California’s housing woes
Washington Post · 21 May 2023
More than 23,000 ADU permits were issued in California last year, compared with fewer than 5,000 in 2017.
How finding a home in America became so absurdly expensive
The Guardian · 10 May 2023
The dream of home ownership or an affordable rental is becoming unreachable for many.
Five takeaways from Minnesota Legislature’s housing deal
StarTribune · 9 May 2023
The $1 billion bill is the most the state has ever spent on housing, but much of the money is one-time cash.
Minnesota legislative ‘big, big deal’ spends $1B on affordable housing
MinnPost · 9 May 2023
The first-ever tax devoted to affordable housing would raise $200 million a year for housing projects and programs in the seven-county area. It is part of a $1 billion investment in affordability that sponsors and advocates are calling historic.
Who’s afraid of integration? A lot of people, actually
New York Times · 5 April 2023
Policymakers of good will face the enormous and perhaps insuperable task of restoring integration to center stage while somehow avoiding the political and logistical errors that characterized busing and affirmative action in the past.
Understand tax increment financing before throwing shade
StarTribune · 6 April 2023
Tax increment financing is often criticized by those who don’t understand it. You just can’t build a building that will be affordable to people with lower incomes unless the costs are subsidized somehow.
Triplexes facing hurdles in Mpls.
StarTribune · 5 April 2023
Despite the 2040 Comprehensive Plan’s elimination of single-family zoning four years ago, zoning codes have not yet been updated to align with the plan, making it hard to redevelop lots into multifamily housing.
Duluth apartment-to-hotel conversion rankles residents, city officials
MPR News · 4 April 2023
A Duluth developer’s plans to convert part of an apartment building built with a public subsidy into a boutique hotel has prompted a public outcry.
Governors Push Faster Construction to Meet Housing Needs
Route Fifty · 20 March 2023
Several states are working to increase the pace of home construction and the availability of affordable housing.
Sociologist Matthew Desmond on why poverty persists in the U.S.
NPR News · 19 March 2023
Audio interview with the author of Poverty, by America.
Minneapolis 2040 zoning remains stuck in the 1960s
MinnPost · 17 March 2023
Cities in general, and downtowns specifically, have been organized for too long to be specialized places.
In Matthew Desmond’s ‘Poverty, by America,’ the Culprit Is Us
NYTimes · 13 March 2023
The endurance of poverty in the United States is the product not only of larger shifts such as deindustrialization and family dissolution, but of choices and actions by more fortunate Americans. This includes exclusionary zoning in suburbs.
Program aims to close racial gap by helping prospective Black homeowners
StarTribune · 10 February 2023
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and the Minnesota Homeownership Center are launching a new down payment assistance program.