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HUD has tried to paint a picture nationwide that they are out there providing all the money and tools and administrative context, and the local agencies just aren’t getting it done.That’s sort of the perception they’ll try to sell to you, and I don’t think that’s accurate.

Richmond CA Mayor Tom Butt, San Francisco Chronicle

Category Archives: Urban Issues

August 22, 2017
Is Anybody Home at HUD?
New York Magazine

A long-harbored conservative dream — the “dismantling of the administrative state” — is taking place under Secretary Ben Carson.

Miami-Dade Needlessly Changed ‘Sanctuary’ Status
Governing Magazine

Justice Department lawyers say Miami-Dade had nothing to fear over losing federal transportation funds if the county didn’t back President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown earlier this year.

L.A. Joins Other Sanctuary Cities, Sues Justice Department
NPR

Los Angeles sued the Justice Department on Tuesday over the Trump administration’s threat to cut millions in federal funding for so-called sanctuary cities, which limit their cooperation with federal authorities on immigration enforcement.

Germany’s Housing Market Is Hot, But Not a Bubble
Bloomberg

Grit Hildebrandt finally found her dream house near the German city of Rostock two years ago, paying more than 10 percent over the asking price to beat the other bidders. She’s now glad she’s on the other side in the country’s red-hot housing market.

August 21, 2017
What If Seattle Treats Bike Share Like Housing?
Smart Growth Seattle

Seattle has gone from a complete failure in bike sharing to a national leader in a matter of months. Market solutions work. Fast. I wondered, what would happen if the City Council got a hold of the growing bike share market. Here’s what I think might happen.

Is America’s Housing Too Durable?
Forbes

America’s durable housing stock is resistant to extreme weather, can serve as a store of wealth, and makes the filtering process a viable source of low-income housing. But durability also has drawbacks that may be harming the U.S. economy.

How CA’s Housing Crisis Happened
Sacramento Bee

California’s high housing costs are driving poor and middle income people out of their housing like never before. While some are fleeing coastal areas for cheaper living inland, others are leaving the state altogether.

The Danger of Concentrated Power in Silicon Valley
Aaron Renn

A handful of gigantic Silicon Valley firms hold nearly dictatorial power over our online world. This probably the most important, though hardly the only example of dangerously concentrated corporate power in today’s world.

August 20, 2017
Richmond, CA Mayor Wants to Scrap Housing Authority
S.F. Gate

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt is proposing the dismantling of the city’s Housing Authority, saying that diminishing funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development make the agency’s continued operations untenable.

Honolulu Calls New ‘Homeless Court’ a Success
American City and Council

Since the beginning of this year, Honolulu has managed to get more than 250 homeless defendants into services — and several even into housing. The success if the product of the product of the ‘homeless court’, as its called unofficially.

U.S. Gov’t Should Employ the Internet of Things
Venture Beat

The U.S. government acknowledges that the Internet of things has advanced past the research and development stage. However, even with this acknowledgement, there is still a gap in how the public sector is connecting to the IoT and how it should be connecting.

San Antonio Mayor Announces Housing Task Force
San Antonio Express-News

In a major policy speech Friday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg laid out his vision for San Antonio, unveiled a task force to address affordable housing and gentrification, and called for an expansion of mass transit while declaring that “San Antonio is open for business.”

Racism Rampant in Liberal Cities
Christian Science Monitor

Portland, Ore., is an example of a city that is focusing new economic development efforts on the black community and rethinking its housing policy, but the efforts are still a work in progress.

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