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Whatever Happened to the Starter Home?

Emily Badger · New York Times · 25 September 2022

The economics of the housing market, and the local rules that shape it, have squeezed out entry-level homes.

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Minnetonka gets first new affordable single-family home in more than 20 years

Katelyn Vue · StarTribune · 19 September 2022

Construction has started on the first of what could be more than a dozen homes on land owned by Mills Church, which is partnering with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to develop permanently affordable housing on the 2.3-acre site.

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Mortgage rates hit 6%, first time since 2008 housing crash

Matt Ott · Associated Press · 15 September 2022

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed over 6% this week for the first time since the housing crash of 2008.

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3 residential towers will replace downtown Minneapolis data building

Jim Buchta · StarTribune · 15 September 2022

A Twin Cities developer plans to demolish a vacant office building in downtown Minneapolis and replace it with three towers of mostly apartments.

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Town After Town, Residents Are Fighting Affordable Housing in Connecticut

Lisa Prevost · New York Times · 4 September 2022

Throughout Fairfield County, Conn., local residents and elected officials are seeking to
block large housing projects that include units affordable to low- and moderate-income
households.

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Edina Grapples with History of Whiteness

Bill Lindeke · MinnPost · 31 August 2022

Edina’s history of racial exclusion is described in Chad Montrie’s new book, Whiteness in Plain View. The city has been working for years to create more opportunity and to welcome diversity. Edina Neighbors for Affordable Housing works with the city to support the development or more affordable housing in the community.

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Minnesota agrees to improve access to housing for people with disabilities

Chris Serres · StarTribune · 29 July 2022

Minnesota’s human services agency will do more to help thousands of people with disabilities move out of group homes and into independent housing, ending a class action lawsuit that accused the state of practices that cut people off from mainstream society.

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Some schools build affordable housing to retain teachers

Janie Har · StarTribune · 15 July 2022

The Jefferson Union High School District in San Mateo County’s Daly City is among just a handful of places in the country with educator housing. But with a national teacher shortage and rapidly rising rents, the working-class district could serve as a harbinger as schools across the U.S. seek to attract and retain educators.

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The Real Villain in the Gentrification Story

Jerusalem Demsas · Atlantic · 16 June 2022

The real villains in the tale of gentrification are not 20-something new entrants to mixed-income neighborhoods, but NIMBY homeowners in the wealthiest ones.

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Urban planning theory is ripe for a revamp, as ‘2040’ court decision and the pandemic show

David Schultz · MinnPost · 20 June 2022

Preliminary studies pointed to how the change in zoning brought about increases in housing costs in low-income neighborhoods of Minneapolis — an early sign of speculation and gentrification.

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