Posted in Flagstaff City Government Neighborhoods News

Street and sidewalk improvements to begin in Coconino Estates

The city of Flagstaff began the Coconino Estates Improvements Project, Phase I on Tuesday. The entire project is anticipated to be complete in the Fall of 2022. Expect work hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday…

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Posted in Columns Economy Housing Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Real estate Wealth

Wall Street is crippling the single-family housing market

New Orleans        The financial meltdown in the real estate market of 2007, marked by foreclosures triggered by speculation and broker scams and wiping out the citizen wealth of millions of families, continues to carry a…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Columns Community organizing Credit economic justice Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Billionaire and Right-Wing’s racist lies about Redlining

New Orleans    With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency leading the way to gut the Community Reinvestment Act along with some other federal regulators, the last thing we should be doing is having to…

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Posted in Columns Communications Community organizing Economy Internet Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Utilities

Cooperatives need to get broadband to the countryside

New Orleans       How can I say this plainly?  Electric cooperatives have become increasingly less cooperative, and, frankly, not even all that electric.  What was a huge breakthrough in taking electricity the last mile into rural…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Off the wire Poverty Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Social Justice

3 ways HUD is using regulatory attacks to dismantle fair housing protections

More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the ultimate goal of the law—to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and end residential segregation—is still far from reach. By Areeba Haider…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Economy Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods News Off the wire Real estate Reveal

Unmasking the secret landlords buying up America

By Aaron Glantz / December 17, 2019 America’s cities are being bought up, bit by bit, by anonymous shell companies using piles of cash. Modest single-family homes, owned for generations by families, now are held by…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Tenants and communities organizing in Ireland

Dublin A change in plans pushed Tunisia off of my plane ticket and found me jumping instead from Manchester, England, to Dublin, Ireland, to meet with the officers of ACORN’s newest affiliate, CATU-Ireland or Communities and…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Neighborhoods News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Transportation

Taking on the buses in England

Sheffield     ACORN in the United Kingdom is known largely as the ACORN Tenants’ Union, and no matter where we have organized, the affordable housing crisis has come to the forefront even though there is a long…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The big, fat, long tail of neighborhood segregation

Manchester     The “long tail” is a tech-marketing concept that pundits and futurists promote with some enthusiasm.  The heart of it is that some businesses, especially enabled by the internet and the Amazon world view, could make…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Environment Environmental Justice Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

New York Times offers more advice on activism

New Orleans       The editorial page editor of the New York Times has embarked on an interesting strategy in recent years.  I’ve made some small comments about this in the past, but the pattern is so…

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Posted in Community Development Flagstaff Flagstaff City Government Flagstaff zoning code Neighborhoods News

Flagstaff P&Z to review Southside Community Plan Wednesday

Flagstaff P& Z has three items on their Wednesday agenda. First up will be a review and discussion of the Southside Community Specific Plan. The City of Flagstaff Comprehensive Planning program requests the public and that…

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Cranes soaring to escape London, building student housing not affordable housing

Editors note: It appears that the same corporate motivations building expensive student housing and condos for vacationers in Flagstaff is infecting the world. ACORN is building a campaign in Ireland to combat unbridled development. New Orleans  One thing that intrigued…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Labor Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The future of the Labour Party’s community organizing program

Bristol      In the aftermath of the devastating loss experienced by the Labour Party in the United Kingdom recently, everything is up for grabs as politicians, parliamentarians, activists, and others sort through the rubble to rebuild. …

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