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The American Elevator Explains Why Housing Costs Have Skyrocketed

Stephen Smith · New York Times · 8 July 2024

Opinion: Elevators in North America have become over-engineered, bespoke, handcrafted and expensive pieces of equipment that are unaffordable in all the places where they are most needed.

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Apartments Could Be the Next Real Estate Business to Struggle

Joe Rennison and Julie Creswell · New York Times · 4 July 2024

Interest rates, ratcheted higher by the Federal Reserve to combat inflation, have made mortgages much more expensive for building owners.

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Devean George’s north Minneapolis modular housing factory will open in fall, employ 320

Dee DePass · StarTribune · 18 June 2024

Renovations are set to begin on a former printing press on N. Washington Avenue near the Minneapolis Farmers Market to transform it into a modular housing factory that will employ about 320 people.

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What ‘boommates’ are and why you might want to join them

Michael J. Coren · Washington Post · 18 June 2024

Thousands of baby boomers are living with intergenerational housemates — a setup that could help ease the housing crunch and cut global warming emissions.

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Counterpoint: Actually, zoning changes are an answer

Zak Yudhishthu · StarTribune · 16 June 2024

The land use status quo has long served to allow some cities to exclude affordable housing, in both explicit and implicit ways.

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Minnesota is an educational leader in racial inequality

David Schultz · StarTribune · 16 June 2024

Minnesota comes in second to last in terms of education racial equality among the 50 states. Minnesota only loses out to its rival Wisconsin, which takes first place in terms of racial inequality.

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Economic Hardships of Millions of Middle-Class Americans Go Unseen

· National True Cost of Living Coalition · 4 June 2024

Sixty-five percent of Americans often considered “middle class” – those earning more than 200 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) – are struggling financially today and don’t expect that to change for the remainder of their lives.

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What Is Fair Housing?

Debra Kamin · New York Times · 31 May 2024

There are laws to protect people from discrimination in buying, renting and living in their homes.

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As housing market remains tight, Edina is latest suburb to allow ADUs

Alex Chhith · StarTribune · 17 May 2024

Edina is the latest Minnesota city to allow secondary units (also called small apartments, guest suites or otherwise) on existing residential lots.

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Groundbreaking for transformative housing complex on Logan Ave North

Deanna Pistono · MinnPost · 23 May 2024

Each lot will house a multi-unit housing complex, and the complex will be cooperatively owned by the Black and Indigenous families occupying the units.

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