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Tag Archives: Affordable Housing

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California just legalized public banking, setting the stage for more affordable housing

The Guardian explains why Governor Gavin Newsom’s approval of AB 857, the Public Banking, is such a big deal. The bill will allow city and county governments to create or sponsor public banks.

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Seattle: lose your ego, get an ambassador

“In our own minds,” writes Knute Berger, “Seattle is a gleaming model of progressivism. But folks look at homelessness, housing prices, affordability, crime, taxes and traffic and, at the very least, have their doubts. They shake their heads, and some sneer: This is the progressive city on the hill?”

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This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working.

The Washington Post’s Colby Itkowitz explains how Republican Mayor Richard Berry of Albuquerque has figured out a way to bring jobs to the homeless, instead of ignoring their plight or cracking down on them for asking passersby for money.

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Millennials flee Canada’s Vancouver for more affordable cities

The cost of living in British Columbia’s largest city has gotten so high that many millennials and startups are choosing to leave, Bloomberg Business reports. British Columbia’s capital and second largest city, Victoria, has been the primary beneficiary of this trend.

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Why America’s housing disaster is back and wreaking terror

The crooks who brought us the housing nightmare that crashed the U.S. economy are back and up to no good, writes David Dayen.