3 Common Myths About Gentrification – And the Facts That Prove We Need to Sto... In New York, San Francisco, Chicago, other major cites across the country, people are talking about gentrification.
7 Reasons Why Class Is a Feminist Issue. A Bride Was Told She Couldn't Buy A Wedding Dress Because She Was Being Herself. Fark Bans Misogyny From Its Online Forums, Proves It's Possible. As CHA saved, residents waited Chicago Tribune 7/30/14. For the first time in more than five years, the Chicago Housing Authority has opened its waiting list and is issuing housing choice vouchers to 3,000 new residents who need help paying their rent, officials with the agency said.
But while the expansion of the housing choice program is being hailed by some as good news, a local, independent think tank is releasing a report Wednesday alleging that over the same five years, the CHA has steadily socked away hundreds of millions of dollars instead of spending the money to house the poor. According to the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability report, the CHA issued an average of 13,534 fewer vouchers than it could have each year from 2008 to 2012. Campaign finance probes limited Chicago Tribune 8/3/14. Ald.
Patrick O’Connor quickly pushed through an ordinance Wednesday that limits the ability of the City Council’s watchdog to investigate aldermen’s campaign finances — a week after that investigator received permission to open an ethics probe of O’Connor. Stronger oversight of CHA sought Chicago Tribune 8/3/14. On the day a think tank publicly released a report that says the Chicago Housing Authority has been socking away hundreds of millions of dollars instead of using it for housing for the poor, the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development has asked the agency to do more. “Since HUD learned of the level of the reserves, it has prompted CHA to issue more vouchers,” Brian Gillen, a spokesman in the Chicago office, said in a written statement. HUD’s push for the CHA to improve its utilization of the Housing Choice Voucher Program came as activists gathered outside a City Council hearing Wednesday to demand that elected officials and local leaders step in to better monitor the agency. The council should pass an ordinance requiring the CHA to publicly report its activities and use of federal dollars on a regular basis, said Leah Levinger, the director of the Chicago Housing Initiative, an advocacy group.
New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Called A Disgrace. Hide captionLower-income residents may find affordable housing hard to come by in Manhattan.
Seth Wenig/AP Lower-income residents may find affordable housing hard to come by in Manhattan. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is under fire for signing off on a building plan that allows a new luxury high-rise on Manhattan's western edge to have a separate entrance for low-income residents. About 20 percent of the units in the 33-story tower will be reserved for low- and middle-income residents. But all the affordable units will be grouped in one area, and those tenants will have to enter through a separate door. Backpacking with kids, with energy poverty on my mind. This piece by ONE Mom and member Cynthia Changyit Levin was originally published on her blog, Anti-Poverty Mom.
I just got back from a backpacking trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park this week. Photo credit: Colorado.com What an experience! Poll: Most voters say market rigged Chicago Tribune 7/18/14. Nearly two-thirds of voters say the stock market is rigged against them, and a majority say Wall Street and big banks hurt average Americans, according to a poll released Thursday by a pro-regulation group.
The survey commissioned by Better Markets also found 60 percent of voters support stricter federal regulation of banks and other financial institutions. About 74 percent of Democratic voters and 56 percent of independents favored tougher oversight, while just 46 percent of Republicans did, according to the nationwide poll of 1,000 people likely to vote in this fall’s elections. The poll has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. The results were released in conjunction with this week’s fourth anniversary of passage of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law, which enacted new regulations designed to prevent future financial crises and government bailouts.
Op-Ed: Feminism and the PIC: Why “Add-Incarceration-and-Stir” Doesn’t Cut It. By Jeanne Flavin and Laura Huss Many mainstream feminist and prochoice groups have been reluctant to adopt intersectional approaches and to declare common cause with other progressive movements.
Yet the advent of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex (PIC) makes clear that securing women’s reproductive health and rights requires our full-on and intersectional engagement. The ‘subminimum’ wage debate Chicago Tribune 7/5/14. At a noisy warehouse in Millersville, Md., a young woman concentrates as she pokes black shoelaces into cardboard packaging.
In another room, workers count tiny bottles of hair products, placing them in plastic bags that will end up as samples in salons. To some, these workers with developmental disabilities are getting valuable on-the-job-training and the self-respect that comes with employment. Others say they’re being exploited — because wages in the facility, run by a nonprofit, are as low as 25 cents an hour. What is a good credit score?[Infographic] It’s difficult to get exact answers to this important question.
Every expert, credit bureau, and loan officer has a different opinion as to where the threshold between good and poor credit lies. In addition, “good” can be a relative term. Do we mean “good” as in excellent, or “good” as in “good enough”? You can start by comparing your score to national averages. One Look At A Pretty Scary Map And Some Folks Will Say, ‘Houston, We’ve Got A...
Rail yard air pollution plagues neighborhoods Chicago Tribune 6/29/14. From the sidewalk in front of her apartment in Cicero, Yolanda Foster can see long freight trains and an endless line of trucks rumbling day and night through the sprawling rail yard across the street. What she can’t see are the clouds of microscopic lung- and heart-damaging particles that drift into the low-income, largely Latino neighborhood overlooking one of the Chicago area’s freight terminals. New research from federal scientists has found that levels of diesel soot in residential areas near the BNSF Intermodal Facility frequently spike higher than the national average for urban areas. The study, the first of its kind in Chicago, sheds light on health hazards posed by freight yards that are concentrated in some of the area’s poorest communities. “You wonder if somebody’s exhaust pipe is in your window,” said Foster, a retired nurse who has lived across from the west suburban yard for three years.
“On some days you can smell the fumes. 5 years later, where are we now? Chicago Tribune 6/28/14. >>> It was the worst U.S. economic calamity since the 1930s. ¶ Over 18 months, the Great Recession erased trillions of dollars in wealth, destroyed 8 million jobs and robbed tens of thousands of their homes. More than half of adults lost a job or saw a cut in pay or hours, and almost everybody’s wealth fell. ¶ In the five years since the recovery began, the economy has grown slowly, in fits and starts. ¶ Millions of workers have remained unemployed for months, even years. Millions more, faced with huge drops in the value of their homes and uncertainty about future income, made radical changes in their plans and lifestyles. Seniors stayed in their jobs longer; young adults cocooned in their parents’ basements. ¶ Even the good news has been tinged with bad: People are saving more, and consumers have cut back use of credit cards.
But from a global perspective, the picture looks very different. Living in Silicon Valley “is a huge plus,” Levy said.
Wharton Study Shows the Shocking Result When Women and Minorities Email Their Professors.