When a Community's Unifying Place Does the Opposite

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Conflict and Placemaking in Chicago's Humboldt Park  
By Daniel Kravetz
Community "third places" tend to bring people together, but in one gentrifying Chicago neighborhood, a historic mural may be expanding the gulf between old and new residents . . .  More 

Three Ways Your City Can Prosper by Embracing Equity 
By Sarah Treuhaft, PolicyLink
While 92 percent of city mayors said economic conditions improved in the past year, large numbers also reported an increase in demand for food and shelter, an increase in homelessness, and a decrease in housing affordability. So--how are urban economies coming back? . . .  More 

You Said It!

"Ownership doesn't make a structure a home--the people who live there make it a home. Every house I've ever lived in as a long-term renter--I've considered it my landlord's house, but my home. I've raised my son here, I've made memories here, laughed and cried. The only difference is that I'm not responsible if the roof or an appliance decides to go kablooey. We need to quit drawing a line between renters and homeowners--neither is a guarantee against a bad neighbor, and neither is a determining factor in community involvement or stability. A home, like anything else in life, is what you make it." -- Carol Ott on Better Loans, Better Laws: Showing Communities What "Home" Looks Like.

On Segregation Conversation Goes National:

"The critique that fewer affordable housing units will be produced should be directed at this redevelopment paradigm, not at efforts to open up exclusionary areas and to meet the demand of very low-income people of color for affordable housing in safer neighborhoods with good schools." -- Barbara Samuels

". . . regional, state and federal resources have to be applied to redevelop disinvested areas.  These dollars, though, should not be restricted to building low income housing.  These communities deserve investments in housing, commerce and public facilities, we just shouldn't put all the pressure on LIHTC, HOPE VI, etc. to revitalize these communities." -- Nate Lichti 

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