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Archive for the tag “new york times”

Progressives Get in the Way of Affordable Housing

www.nytimes.com/2019/05/22/opinion/california-housing-nimby.html

A good article from NYT. It is my contention that all the special rules including historic preservation also get in the way of affordable housing.

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Chicago combines libraries with affordable housing

www.nytimes.com/2019/05/15/arts/design/chicago-public-housing.html

seems like a great idea

Increasingly Whites are moving to Historically Black Neighborhoods

www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/04/27/upshot/diversity-housing-maps-raleigh-gentrification.html

An interesting article from the New York Times. Sort of a form of gentrification. Values will increase which is good for residents but historic nature of neighborhoods will change. We are seeing some of this in north Webster Groves. Written by Paul Dribin

Government Shutdown Hurting Low Income Housing Programs

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Article is from The New York Times

Urban Parks

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A good New York Times article about a new urban park in Tulsa funded by a billionaire. Can parks bring urban peace and development?

Can Affordable Housing Development Lead to Gentrification

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An interesting article from the Times. A New York City neighborhood builds more mixed income housing in an effort to increase affordable housing. Some neighborhood residents complain they will be pushed out. There do not seem to be any good answers. Written by Paul Dribin

Negative Attitudes Toward Welfare

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An interesting article in the New York Times that use of government programs has risen but people hate the term welfare.

Trump administration doing nothing to increase affordable housing

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an excellent article from New York Times

Inside New York Public Housing

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An excellent New York Times article about the challenges of running the New York City Housing Authority. As some of you know, HUD funding for capital needs has been hugely insufficient to address the needs of older units. Written by Paul Dribin

The Future of Urban Public Transportation

The New York Times last week had an article which described the discussions being held by transportation planners about the future of urban transit. Many are beginning to adhere to my view that we should think about getting away from light rail and utilizing Uber or self driving cars. Critics say we don’t know when self driving cars will be readily available.

I am please to see there is a serious discussion about this subject. For most communities, light rail is simply too expensive and may not end up going where it needs to. More people are working at home and need transportation to travel considerable distances during the work day. Trains are also very expensive to maintain.

I would recommend that public transit companies partner with organizations such as Uber and Lyft or buy self driving cars when available rather than invest in expensive and obsolete rail systems. Written by Paul Dribin

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