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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the last elements of pandemic-related housing aid come to an end, advocates fear a rise in Twin Cities homelessness
Solomon Gustavo · MinnPost · 1 June 2022
Twin Cities shelters saw saw a significant drop in the number of people accessing their services when pandemic aid set in. But those same shelters have also started seeing an uptick again.
Cities embrace affordable housing policies
Shannon Prather · StarTribune · 29 May 2022
Several Twin Cities area communities, including Edina, have adopted inclusionary housing policies.