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The House is Ours: How Moms 4 Housing Challenged the Private-Property Paradigm
- 6 October 2020
In the midst of a global housing affordability crisis that has been heightened by the Covid‑19 pandemic, it is time...
Shelters for Profit, Not People: The Rise of Tax-Credit Investment in US Cities
- 22 September 2020
Tax-credit investment in US cities provides tax havens for investors, and squanders taxpayer resources on...
Create, Don’t Destroy: Laying the Foundation for a Public Discourse on Racial Justice in Germany
Janina L. Selzer
- 15 September 2020
A night of violence left Stuttgart, a usually peaceful German city, with many unanswered questions. While...
Community-Rooted Organizations: Enhanced Accountability and Capacity Building for Community Development
Camryn Smith & Danielle Spurlock & Aliyah Abdur-Rahman & Kay Jowers
- 10 July 2020
Communities in Partnership, in Durham, North Carolina, uses a “community-rooted” approach to its work that leverages...
The Right to the City: An Emancipating Concept?
Matthias Lecoq & translated by Oliver Waine
- 3 July 2020
The radical approach formulated by Henri Lefebvre in 1968 criticized the failure to include inhabitants in the...
Consent-Based Social Dancing Spaces and the Right to the City
- 30 June 2020
Consent-based programs in social dancing venues in New York City are an initial step in supporting social dancing...
Reflections on Retooling for the Covid‑19 Pandemic
Nichola Lowe & Tara Vinodrai
- 19 June 2020
Factories are adapting to the new conditions and needs the coronavirus has introduced by retooling production lines...
Homeless Theory and Research Collaboration: A Tribute to Nikita Price
Eric Goldfischer & Odilka Santiago
- 9 June 2020
At a time when too many people are dying, Eric Goldfischer and Odilka Santiago remember Nikita Price of Picture the...
Sentinel Territories: A New Concept for Looking at Environmental Change
David Blanchon & Frédéric Keck & François-Michel Le Tourneau & Stéphane Tonnelat & Adriana Zuniga-Teran
- 8 May 2020
In this essay, the authors develop the concept of “sentinel territories,” or environments where humans can perceive...
Educating Tenants: A Historic Remit of Social Housing
Danièle Voldman & translated by Oliver Waine
- 17 April 2020
In France, the professions of social worker and concierge both emerged in the early 20th century, and both...
When Measurement Matters: Displacement, Gentrification, Residential Mobility
H. Jacob Carlson
- 14 April 2020
Scholarly studies of displacement resulting from gentrification are inconsistent in what they measure, and omit...
The New Suburban Secession: A Postfascist Turn in Atlanta’s Cityhood Movement
Coleman Allums & Scott Markley
- 10 March 2020
In this essay, Coleman Allums and Scott Markley analyze a suburban secessionist movement in Atlanta, Georgia. They...
New York Tech Dossier: Insecure Frontier Jobs? Staying Relevant in New York’s Tech Ecosystem
- 21 January 2020
“Frontier” jobs in digital technologies promise lucrative career paths, but Max Papadantonakis’s research suggests...
New York Tech Dossier: The Declining Significance of Proximity in Venture Capital Investments
- 14 January 2020
Venture capital investment in New York City has increased over the last decade, contributing to the development of...
New York Tech Dossier: “Innovation Districts” in New York: Contentious Geographies of Growth
- 7 January 2020
Sharon Zukin analyzes how city government in New York has supported concentrations of tech firms—“innovation...
Poverty as a Social Stigma
Axelle Brodiez-Dolino & translated by Oliver Waine
- 13 December 2019
The distinction between the “deserving” and “undeserving” poor is deeply entrenched, and representations of poverty...
From non-planning to cutting-edge policy: the transformation of waste management in Boston since the 1980s
Lily Baum Pollans
- 11 June 2019
Recycling and composting are hot topics. Lily Baum Pollans argues that Boston’s changing approach to waste...
Urban Renewal in the USA: A Neoliberal Policy?
Thomas Kirszbaum & translated by Oliver Waine
- 3 May 2019
By allowing demolitions and evictions in well-located working-class neighborhoods, urban renewal is sometimes...
As NYC (Again) Considers Comprehensive Planning, History Offers Insight
K. C. Alvey
- 12 February 2019
Comprehensive planning can be a progressive governance tool, helping leaders keep broad principles like equity and...
The Treatment of “North Africans” in 1960s Urban Renewal in France
Janoé Vulbeau & translated by Oliver Waine
- 1 February 2019
While France’s 1960s urban renewal has been studied in terms of its effects on the working classes, its racial...
Solidarity Economics and Rights to the Contested City in Belfast
- 19 December 2018
Is Lefebvre’s right to the city capable of extending the abstract meaning of formal “rights” to practical...
: Housing Activism in a White-Supremacist Landscape in Montreal
- 27 November 2018
Housing activists in Montreal and Quebec have successfully sought to secure tenant rights and social housing for...
Electricity in War-Torn Aleppo: A New Form of Urban Management
Youssef Diab & Abboud Hajjar & translated by Oliver Waine
- 23 November 2018
In Syria, electricity is one of the sectors most adversely affected by the war. New means of electricity...
Migrants’ Occupation of Lycée Jean Quarré: The Refugee Cause and the Cause of a Neighborhood
Isabelle Coutant & translated by Oliver Waine
- 16 November 2018
The flows of migrants seeking refuge in Europe since the summer of 2015 have led to temporary settlements—legal or...
Getting Night Lighting Right
Samuel Challéat & Dany Lapostolle & translated by Oliver Waine
- 2 November 2018
Innovation in contemporary urban lighting has increasingly been driven by issues of sustainability. While...
The Making of a Progressive Mayor: James Kenney of Philadelphia
- 17 October 2018
Philadelphia’s voters elected James Kenney Mayor in 2015 after he had served more than two decades as an at‑large...
Local Leadership and Global Goals: How City Sustainability Networks are Changing Progressive Policymaking
Emma French & Supraja Sudharsan & Jennifer Clark
- 18 September 2018
While national governments often struggle to address global climate change, cities are in a better position to...
The Limits of Progressive Policymaking in US Cities
- 11 September 2018
While many US cities appear to enjoy extensive powers—as evidenced by the progressive policies enacted by certain...
The Educational Fortunes of Children of Immigrants in France
Mathieu Ichou & translated by Oliver Waine
- 6 July 2018
How can the attainment gap between children of immigrants and children of native-born parents be explained? While...
Far from the Ballot Box: The Political Exclusion of the Working Classes in France
Camille Peugny & translated by Oliver Waine
- 4 July 2018
Following the French presidential and parliamentary elections of 2017, the question of equal access to the...
New York Tech Dossier: The Dark Side of New York’s Tech Economy
Progressive Mayors and Urban Social Movements
Land Rights in the Urban Global South
Climate Change and Social Change
The Resurgence of Towers in European Cities
Children in the City
The Renewed Relevance of Urban-Planning Models?
Nature in the City
From the Field
Arts Districts Without Artists
Meghan Ashlin Rich
- 23 March 2015
Numerous studies have examined gentrification’s harmful effects for low-income residents, but few examine the...
Interrupting Inequality: Crisis and Opportunity in Low-Income Housing Policy
- 26 January 2015
Inequality in the United States is deeply rooted in issues of property ownership, wealth, race and class....
Kanal İstanbul: a “crazy project” serving political ambitions
Yoann Morvan & translated by Oliver Waine
- 7 December 2011
The current proliferation of mega-projects in the Istanbul metropolitan area is both undeniable and impressive. The...
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