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Earnings Are Rising, Along With the Damned Rent

September 14, 2016 The news out of Tuesday’s U.S. Census data release is unambiguously good. There are three indicators of well-being in the annual Current Population Survey report on home economics. This year, for the first time since 1999, all three of those indicators are pointing in the right direction. Jason Furman, the...

Tim Kaine's Vision for the Future of Fair Housing

August 15, 2016 Democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine drew a bright line on Friday between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on a subject important to pretty much every voter: housing. While Americans say that housing is as important an issue as other priorities, so far the subject hasn’t come up much during...

Why Public Pension Funds Are Slow to Divest From Gun Manufacturers

June 16, 2016 Gun sales in the U.S. are on track to reach a record high in 2016. After each new mass shooting comes a surge in share prices for gun manufacturers. With mass shootings now more reliable than the weather in the U.S., managers of mutual funds, hedge funds, and public pensions...

Boulder Will Host the First National 'YIMBY' Conference

May 6, 2016 Last November, voters in Boulder, Colorado, narrowly rejected a ballot measure that would have given neighborhoods the ultimate say over zoning changes. The measure would have essentially transferred the city’s zoning authority to 66 different neighborhood-level associations. It was a disaster in the making. Ballot issue #300 and #301—a separate...

Treasury Announces $1 Billion in Hardest-Hit Fund for the Fight Against Blight

April 21, 2016 The big news from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Wednesday is that Harriet Tubman will replace former U.S. President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 dollar bill. She’d been floated previously as a candidate for the new face of the $10 bill. Buoyed by a certain Pulitzer...

Here's How HUD Plans to Stop the 'Worst-Case' Housing Crisis

April 5, 2016 The federal government debuted a program on Monday to provide housing for the very poorest residents in America. The National Housing Trust Fund is a new affordable-housing program, one that creates permanently affordable housing for extremely low-income households. Julián Castro, Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,...

Is the Federal Government Wasting Its Money on Art?

March 25, 2016 Even in this time of partisan tumult, two endeavors seemingly unite the Grand Old Party: cutting wasteful spending and fighting ’90s culture wars. The Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz from Utah’s third district has found a novel way to combine these traditional conservative interests. The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and...

Could Architects Think of a Better Border?

March 16, 2016 John Beckmann would like to start the conversation over. Earlier this month, using the usual channels, he began to promote the design contest that he is managing: Building the Border Wall. That would be theborder wall, the one that Republican presidential candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump proposes to build along...

Cleveland Preparing for Violence at the Republican National Convention

March 15, 2016 In advance of the Republican National Convention in July, Cleveland is looking to boost its police department’s power by purchasing 2,000 sets of riot gear. The violence that attended Friday’s rally for Donald Trump in Chicago doesn’t explain why, either. Cleveland put its plans in motion before that eruption between...

What It Would Take to Build Trump's Border Wall with Mexico

March 8, 2016 If for no other reason, history will remember the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall across the entire Mexico–U.S. border. Set aside for a moment the rather vexing question of whether Trump will win the White House. Let’s focus on the pitch that could...

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