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Posts in category “Housing”

We Mortgaged Our Future With Overvalued Housing

The “Yes In My Backyard” movement aims to build more affordable homes.

Posted June 28th, 2019

The Heartland’s Doughnuts of Despair

The inner suburbs of cities like Cleveland are dying as regional and state governments look the other way.

Posted June 5th, 2019

What It Actually Costs to Maintain An Older House

If Rust Belt cities stay too inexpensive, every homeowner suffers.

Posted January 18th, 2019

The Fury of the Modernists

For almost a century, the architecture establishment has insisted on rigid ideology.

Posted December 13th, 2018

A NYC Tenement Legacy Persists, Despite Gentrification

Photographer Jacob Riis charted the perils of industrial urbanism, still seen in this corner of the Lower East Side.

Posted November 9th, 2018

Baby Boomers Aging In a Car-Dependent World

Don’t blame planners or bureaucrats for not anticipating a walkable environment for older folks. Look in the mirror.

Posted September 14th, 2018

When a House Was a Home

Defending ‘bourgeois middle class’ abodes as a good guide for stable family formation and domestic life.

Posted August 24th, 2018

New Housing Can Spur Growth In Cities Left for Dead

For depopulated urban cores, jobs aren’t the only issue.

Posted July 27th, 2018

The Rust Belt Can Do Better Than ‘Managed Decline’

By creating value in older neighborhoods, Akron and other cities can attract new residents.

Posted July 20th, 2018

The Lost World of the Middlebrow Tastemaker

Working alongside Frank Lloyd Wright, journalist Elizabeth Gordon made home design accessible to the average American.

Posted June 8th, 2018

Homeownership Does Not Guarantee Middle-Class Prosperity

Real estate speculation doesn’t create wealth, it sets up a game of musical chairs–and we now know what happens when the music stops.

Posted April 20th, 2018

Rust Belt Cities Need Investment, Not Gentrification Worries

In Akron, we desperately need any kind of investment in urban housing.

Posted April 6th, 2018