“Sometimes Latino urban history is thought of as the history of a cultural community and that’s a little dismissive. I examine people contesting and reshaping the use of space.”
“There are a lot of basic things that America has still not accepted in terms of how to live a happy urban life.”
“Doesn’t every New Yorker really want to own a co-op?,” a realtor asked a crowd of tenants in 1972. But this provoked only “a chorus of noes.”
“As often the most vulnerable in our cities, immigrants face struggles that reflect the wider landscape of housing precarity.”
A powerful grassroots movement campaigned in the ’70s and ’80s for banks to reinvest equitably in red-lined urban communities. It failed—but why?
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
“They all wanted to imagine a different possibility of an integrated neighborhood, where folks worked together.”
“We don't have a party. That doesn't mean we need one big organization. We may need a few big organizations. But we need organizations!”
Landlords’, bosses’ and schools’ intrusion of surveillance technologies into the home extends the carceral state into domestic space.
Housing-justice movements ask: How can unhoused people be considered trespassers on state-owned land?
“What we build and how we build influences the kinds of families and relationships that we can have or can even imagine.”
Fixing the American housing crisis will require constructing more houses, but also increasing subsidies and protections for existing tenants.
Unless inequality and segregation are broken, wealthy white communities can always abandon everyone else.
Big data shows that those fighting eviction today need not be constrained by today’s ideas or laws of property.
The American Dream of private home ownership has fueled a system that preys on Black people for profit.
After decades confined to the desk drawer of important but boring things, the minutiae of urban planning policy are now attracting some popular attention. Transit-oriented development might come up ...
Carlo Rotella is a professor of American studies, English, and journalism at Boston College; he’s also one of the most talented writers in the humanities ...
In a moment in which the populist right wing is ascendant globally, cities can serve as beacons of hope ...
Advances in digital technology that some analysts ascribe to a “Tech Boom 2.0” ...
Chicago’s strategies to keep African American movement limited throughout the city . . .