Twin Cities Housing: The ‘Flaming Hoops’ Separating Builders and Cities

February 18, 2020
Steve Elkins – StarTribune – 14 February 2020

By the Metropolitan Council’s estimates, the average of 9,500 housing units we’ve been building per year over the past decade is 30% less than the 14,000 units per year we need to keep up with demand. The affordable housing picture is worse; we’re building just one-fifth of what’s needed.

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Rents See Biggest Jump in Decade

February 18, 2020
Jim Buchta – StarTribune – 15 February 2020

Average monthly cost in the metro rose 6%, driven by demand in the suburbs.

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2020 Legislature to offer dueling visions for energy policy in face of climate change

February 10, 2020
Walker Orenstein – MinnPost – 5 February 2020

A January hearing in Rochester previewed debate in the upcoming legislative session that begins on Feb. 11 over how far and how fast the state should restrict fossil fuels to reduce the effects of climate change.

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Median Twin Cities home price rose to a record $280,000 in 2019

February 6, 2020
Martin Moylan – MPR News – 5 February 2020

The Minneapolis Area Realtors group said the median selling price for area homes rose nearly 6 percent last year to $280,000. That benchmark has now increased by more than 5 percent every year since 2012. Prices are well above those reached in the housing bubble more than a decade ago.

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Financial Pressure From Rent is Moving Up the Income Ladder

February 4, 2020
Bill Lucia – Route Fifty – 4 February 2020

Rent is increasingly posing an outsized financial burden for households earning between $30,000 and $75,000 a year, according to new research from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.

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What shapes a kid’s opportunities? Researchers say look to the neighborhood.

January 28, 2020
Rachel Siegel – Washington Post – 24 January 2020

A child’s neighborhood can predict how they’ll do in life, new research finds. A Brandeis University study finds stark divides along racial and ethnic lines, as well as glaring “opportunity gaps” — even in adjoining neighborhoods. A link to the full report is available here.

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The Neighborhoods We Will Not Share

January 21, 2020
Richard Rothstein – The New York Times – 20 January 2020

Persistent housing segregation lies at the root of many of our society’s problems. Trump wants to make it worse.

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Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools

January 10, 2020
Jonathan Rothwell – Brookings – 19 April 2012

As the nation grapples with the growing gap between rich and poor and an economy increasingly reliant on formal education, public policies should address housing market regulations that prohibit all but the very affluent from enrolling their children in high-scoring public schools in order to promote individual social mobility and broader economic security.

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What You Need to Know About How Section 8 Really Works

January 10, 2020
Maya Miller – ProPublica – 9 January 2020

A guide to the Section 8 program. Learn how to apply, how to qualify for a voucher, and what it’s like to live in Section 8 housing.

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Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing

January 10, 2020
Jacqueline Rabe Thomas – The Connecticut Mirror – 22 May 2019

In southwest Connecticut, the gap between rich and poor is wider than anywhere else in the country. Invisible walls created by local zoning boards and the state government block affordable housing and, by extension, the people who need it.

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