Sue the big banks to make them pay for the foreclosure crisis

Nearly a decade later, major banking institutions have recovered from the Great Recession they helped precipitate but many communities ...
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    Another path to owning your own home and building wealth: community land trusts

    For many families, owning their own home is still a pillar of the American Dream. Thanks to a new model for affordable homeownership, ...
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      Pool housing funds from different agencies to build more affordable housing

      Like so many other metropolitan areas across the country, Chicago long faced a thorny dilemma: how best to ensure affordable housing ...
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        How to make dark alleys safer: invite everyone in by throwing parties

        “If you treat it as a place where nobody goes, then you’re inviting illicit activity and you’re inviting people not to respect ...
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          To help homeless panhandlers, let them be city workers for the day

          While many other cities are moving to ban panhandling by homeless people or push them further out to the outskirts, the city of ...
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            For a healthier climate and community, cities should stop requiring so much parking

            In order to combat climate change, we need to encourage people to use to mass transit rather than driving individual vehicles that run ...
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              Simple idea to turn more empty federal buildings into homeless shelters

              It may not seem like a sexy issue, but vacant federal property is often the target of ire from lawmakers and pundits. That’s why ...
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                Stop the billionaire corporate shell game in real estate deals

                It’s no surprise the United States is so attractive to foreign plutocrats, international criminals, and corrupt politicians ...
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                  To tackle “NIMBY” opposition to affordable housing, call their bluff with a reserve fund

                  When new affordable housing projects are proposed for a community, residents who already live there will often protest with ...
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                    Clever but underused progressive tax ideas for urban inequality

                    Although much of the public debate on inequality focuses on national policies, there’s an impressive array of state and local ...
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                      Buy Vacant Buildings Cooperatively

                      A group of neighbors in Minneapolis started the Northeast Investment Cooperative to pool money to buy vacant buildings and rent them to ...
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