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 Art Climate change Energy The Conversation

Solar farms, power stations and water treatment plants can be attractions instead of eyesores

Infrastructure as art: Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede,’ c. 1670. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, CC BY-ND   by  Margaret Birney Vickery, University of Massachusetts Amherst Amid the economic and social fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica Safety Net

Despite Federal Ban, Landlords are still moving to evict people during the pandemic

ProPublica found landlords in at least four states have violated the ban, which was put in place by the CARES Act but has no clear enforcement mechanism. by Jeff Ernsthausen, Ellis Simani and Justin Elliott April…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community organizing Coronavirus Economy News Rent Freeze Safety Net

With bills due April 1, more than 400,000 demand Congress freeze all rent, mortgage, and utility payments

“Millions are wondering how they’ll pay their rent or mortgage by tomorrow. We need additional emergency action suspending rent, mortgage and utility payments for the duration of this crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer More than…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Social Justice

Class and culture clashes

New Orleans    Ok, let’s be clear, everything about the pandemic sucks, alright? For the most part we don’t hate our homes, but we definitely don’t like being told we have to stay at home. Attach…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Health Care Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Some changes the coronavirus should bring

Pearl River    In the Age of Trump and the Time of the Coronavirus, there seems to be constant speculation about what changes in our society, habits, and government might be permanent given our collective experience….

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Posted in Columns Evictions Homelessness Housing News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report While we were looking elsewhere

Tenants are facing eviction across America

New Orleans     Recession is here. Layoffs are in the millions. The service industry is hammered. Small businesses are underwater, while the Senate Republicans are only listening to big corporations. Trump is trying to elbow…

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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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Icon’s Vulcan II 3D printer for homes on a job site in Austin, Texas where it was 3D printing a series of six homes for formerly homeless individuals. (Courtesy of Icon)
Posted in Affordable Housing News Off the wire Public Policy

Around The Corner: 3D housing designed for the homeless and needy seniors

Sharon Jayson March 9, 2020 AUSTIN, Texas — Tim Shea is counting the days until he can move into a new, 3D-printed house. Shea, 69, will be the first to live in one of six such…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Business News Reveal

Unmasking the secret landlords buying up America

By Aaron Glantz / December 17, 2019 This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at revealnews.org and…

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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 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 Democracy economic justice Labor Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice Working Class

“Power and Respect for the Working Class”

New Orleans   I’m sorry, but whenever there’s a subhead in the Wall Street Journal in bold, italics heralding “Power and Respect for the Working Class,” it’s a signal that we have to pay special attention to…

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Signing of CRA in 1977
Posted in Banks Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Housing Policy National Off the wire Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

City National Bank Shows Why Some CRA Proposals are Wrong

New Orleans      There’s a big split within the federal banking establishment about what to do about revisions to the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act.  This is not your run of the mill, chest thumping, and elbow…

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

On the doors in Dublin

Dublin      What a treat!  Intermixed with making the organizing plan for the year with some of the CATU officers, I got to be backup with a couple of the committee on the doors in the…

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