There is little doubt that much of the turbulence and uncertainty in recent politics stems from the financial insecurity Americans are feeling. There are many explanations for this – the uncertainty in the current job market and the dramatic fluctuations in the American economy. One… Read More »Financial insecurity among the Public
By: Victor Ramirez Like the iconic scene of Clint Eastwood in the Wild West facing two gunmen in a three-way duel and whoever shoots first is at a disadvantage, such is the nature of real estate construction. It is in each property owner’s interest that… Read More »A Tax That Boosts The Economy
Mortgage delinquencies are skyrocketing and are at levels even higher than during the Great Recession. According to a recent USA Today (May, 21, 2020) article: “Mortgage delinquencies surged by 1.6 M in April, the biggest monthly jump ever.” And it’s not just in one particular… Read More »A Georgist Response to Home Foreclosure
Kelly Doran, a prominent Minneapolis housing developer, argued in a recent op/ed that with the current economic shutdown, the city’s “inclusionary housing” regulations that require market rate developments to include a percentage of affordable units should be eliminated. He says that such requirements, along with the difficulty… Read More »Does economic shutdown allow a reset on policies to make housing affordable?
Cheap stick framing has led to a proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises—and more than a few construction fires. Bloomberg Businessweek | Justin Fox These buildings are in almost every U.S. city. They range from three to seven stories tall and can stretch for blocks. They’re… Read More »Why America’s New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same
By Matthew Downhour image: wikipedia St. Patrick’s Day The Great Famine, or Great Hunger, in Ireland, which afflicted its people from 1845-49, set off a cascade of Irish immigration to the United States that continued until well into the 20th century. While arriving in most… Read More »The Great Famine, or Great Hunger, in Ireland
Jobie Hill has visited 700 former residences. Many have been abandoned. Some have become storage space. Others are B&Bs. by Sabrina ImblerFebruary 26, 2020 Image: A slave house at Ivy Cliff in Bedford County, Virginia. This site was documented by the Virginia Slave House Project,… Read More »Meet the Iowa Architect Documenting Every Slave House Still Standing
By Bill Batt A Review of Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2019. In the past two decades, a plethora of books and articles have been published, focusing on… Read More »Legacy of the Discovery Doctrine