Neighborhoods

News related to zoning, cities, gentrification and urban development.

A Water Emergency Downstream from a National Crisis
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A Water Emergency Downstream from a National Crisis

Nationwide, numerous U.S. cities are dealing with some form of water contamination, lack of drinkable water, and outdated infrastructure, similar to the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi.

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The Cruelty of Hostile Architecture
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The Cruelty of Hostile Architecture

Hostile architecture is an inhumane corporate and governmental response to the unhoused crisis that started in the 1980s. 

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The Violence Inherent to Unhoused Encampment Sweeps
A small group of demonstrators protest on a street corner. Most are holding signs and a banner reads. "Act Up, Fight Back" with a pink, big triangle in the center. Another person is talking with a microphone.

The Violence Inherent to Unhoused Encampment Sweeps

Cities throughout the country are tackling homelessness by issuing encampment sweeps, further displacing unhoused people.

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The Community Fight to Save a Forest and Stop Cop City
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The Community Fight to Save a Forest and Stop Cop City

Activists are taking direct action to stop the development of a police training ground, Cop City, in Atlanta’s largest remaining green space.

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How the Racist Legacy of Redlining Affects Black Maternal Health
An OB-GYN looks at an ultrasound on a monitor. The risk of a premature pregnancy in Black women can be linked to socioeconomic factors and stressors.

How the Racist Legacy of Redlining Affects Black Maternal Health

Outdated housing policies, like redlining, continue to have rippling effects on communities and Black maternal health.

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Black Homeowners Are Being Left Out of the Refinancing Boom
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Black Homeowners Are Being Left Out of the Refinancing Boom

Black Americans were less likely to take advantage of the mortgage refinancing boom due to unaddressed racial inequities in banking and real estate.

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The Hidden Link Between Zoning and Racial Inequality
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The Hidden Link Between Zoning and Racial Inequality

Despite laws prohibiting segregation, restrictive zoning practices push people of color into hazardous communities and away from affluent white neighborhoods.

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How the Nextdoor App Modernized Racial Profiling
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How the Nextdoor App Modernized Racial Profiling

The Nextdoor app’s racist practices by users underscore the inherent problems of integrating unchecked stereotypes into technology.

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Bronx and Philly Fires Expose a History of Public Housing Neglect
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Bronx and Philly Fires Expose a History of Public Housing Neglect

The recent affordable housing fires in Bronx and Philly are the result of underfunding and neglect from public housing.

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Evict landlords: Emerald (SBCLT) on community land.

Evict landlords: Emerald (SBCLT) on community land.

Emerald (ze/hir), is a housing activist and member of the board of the South Bay Community Land Trust (SBLCT). Emerald talked about what runaway housing costs look like in the area and discussed their particular effects on oppressed populations like queer youth and elders.

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