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Amid Oakland housing crisis, a rent control ballot measure strikes back

Tenant advocacy groups on Thursday announced the filing of a ballot initiative to strengthen renter protections they say will help the most …

No-Fault Eviction Protection Proposed for Teachers who Rent in San Francisco

Share20<p>Tweet4<p>Email<p>Share<p>24 Shares<p>March 21, 2016; San Francisco Examiner<p>The <i>San Francisco Examiner</i> reports on a proposal by San Francisco County …

Evictions gain new attention at LA City Hall as tenants get ‘priced out’

Ken Keil and his wife moved to Camarillo Avenue six years ago, drawn to North Hollywood’s walkable streets and a nearby park.<p>But slowly they watched …

California Apartment Association Stalking the Tenants' Rights Movement

The California Apartment Association (CAA) has been meddling in the affairs of city after city in Northern California in an effort to stop any and …

Northern California

City hall hears proposal of just cause eviction law

<i>All photos: Sam Amore</i><p>Displaced tenants and members of over 35 tenant’s rights organizations gathered outside of Boston City Hall on March 14, …

Water Tower That Pulls Water From the Air Wins World Design Impact Prize

Every other year, the World Design Impact Prize is awarded to a project that uses design to tackle a pressing and widely felt problem. The most …

Water

Tree-Topped Rectangular Houses Look Like Giant Potted Plants

A formerly empty courtyard in Hi Chi Minh City, Vietnam is now filled with five oversized rectangular pots planted with trees that stretch up high …

Architecture

How Oakland Is Tackling Its Housing Crisis

Sarah Karlinsky describes the efforts of Oakland, California to quell its housing crisis, after "asking rents increased more than 68 percent between …

It All Comes Down to Affordable Housing

Kate Abbey-Lambertz of Huffington Post has posted a piece that is spot on: "Cheap Rent Or A Good Neighborhood - Sorry, You Probably Can't Have Both."<p>The first sentence of her article sums it up: "Finding an apartment with reasonable rent is pretty close to hopeless, but it's an even more daunting …

Housing

Mapping the 'Great Divide' Between Affordable Housing and Opportunity

A new report tracks the growing gap in Cleveland, Houston, and Los Angeles.<p>People living in high-poverty neighborhoods in the U.S. don’t have access to good schools, jobs, or parks and other green spaces. Instead, the residents of such neighborhoods are exposed to violence and environmental hazards …

Housing

Seattle shows San Francisco and New York how to fix the housing crisis

Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area have a lot in common — coastal locations, high-tech economies, and relatively high wages. But as California's Legislative Analysis Office wrote in a recent report, it's much easier to get permission to build new houses in the Seattle area. Consequently, the …

Homeless Veterans Face Challenges Beyond The Rental Check

The Obama administration says it wants to end veterans homelessness by the end of this year — but it's not going to happen. That's partly because, despite government support, many landlords remain reluctant to rent to homeless individuals.<p>At the end of October, almost 6,200 homeless military …

Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As the days get shorter, first grade teacher Esmeralda Jiménez watches the dimming afternoon sky outside her classroom window …

Housing

Cities Without Ground: A Guide to Hong Kong's Elevated Walkways

As a city, Hong Kong doesn't have it easy; impossibly dense and smothered by unsympathetic hilly terrain, the gymnastics that it performs to survive …

Why Landlords Almost Always Have an Edge Over the Low-Income Renters They Want to Evict

When a case arrives in court and only one side can retain legal counsel, the outcome tends to favor the side that can afford a lawyer. Due to cuts to …

Housing

Are 'Treescrapers' the Future of Dense Urban Living?

A vertical garden tower just won a significant award for architecture. Is it time to start taking these designs seriously?<p>Passive House designers are the Fremen of the architectural world. They look at buildings the same way that <i>Dune</i>’s noble desert tribe thinks about water. For the Fremen, the …

Architecture

Who runs our cities? How governance structures around the world compare

As the planet becomes more urbanised and cities become larger, more complex and fragile, questions about governance become ever more significant<p>On Valentine’s Day 2014, Delhi’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned. Opposition politicians blocked his anti-corruption bill in the state assembly …

Chris Christie To Black Lives Matter: 'Don't Call Me' For Criminal Justice Meeting After Anti-Police Rhetoric

Black social justice activists in the U.S. shouldn’t bother phoning Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie, because he’d likely just …

Study Finds Harsh Impacts of Family Evictions

<i>Eviction’s Fallout: Housing, Hardship, and Health</i>, recently published in the journal <i>Social Forces</i>, examines the short- and long-term effects of …

Rapid Rehousing Is Not the Only Option for Families

For more than a decade, policymakers and practitioners have waged a feisty debate over which strategy is most effective for rehousing homeless families: to deliver housing and support services while at an emergency shelter or in project-based transitional housing to address the reasons why a family …