Category Archives: Urban Issues

New Blog Post: The man whose story inspired BlacKkKlansman, on the complicated reality of black cops

New Blog Post: Todd VanDerWerff, The man whose story inspired BlacKkKlansman, on the complicated reality of black cops, Vox.com, August 17, 2018.

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News Coverage of Poverty: New York City cracks down on Uber and other ride-hailing apps

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News Coverage: Fixing Public Housing: A Day Inside a $32 Billion Problem

ny housing projectNews Coverage: Luis Ferré-Sadurní, Fixing Public Housing: A Day Inside a $32 Billion Problem, NYTimes.com, July 26, 2018. “The agency faces a daunting backlog of more than 170,000 open work orders for repairs, almost double the number housing officials say they can actually manage.”

News Coverage: The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

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News Coverage: Quoctrung Bui & Claire Cain Miller, The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America, NYTimes.com, August 4, 2018. “Researchers say the differences in when women start families are a symptom of the nation’s inequality — and as moving up the economic ladder has become harder, mothers’ circumstances could have a bigger effect on their children’s futures.”

 

New Op-Ed: The 2020 Census Is Already in Big Trouble

New Op-Ed: Vann R. Newkirk II, The 2020 Census Is Already in Big Trouble, TheAtlantic.com, July 31, 2018.

“From cybersecurity issues to administrative problems to a legal drama over a possible citizenship question, there are plenty of reasons to worry about the decennial head count.”

New Op-Ed: Chicago Hiked the Cost of Vehicle City Sticker Violations to Boost Revenue. But It’s Driven More Low-Income, Black Motorists Into Debt

New Op-Ed: Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, and Elliott Ramos, Chicago Hiked the Cost of Vehicle City Sticker Violations to Boost Revenue. But It’s Driven More Low-Income, Black Motorists Into Debt, July 26, 2018.

News Coverage: Why so many poor kids who get into college don’t end up enrolling

News coverage: Alvin Chang, Why so many poor kids who get into college don’t end up enrolling, Vox.com, August 3, 2018.

New Op-Ed: Fixing America’s Forgotten Places

New Op-Ed: Annie Lowrey, Fixing America’s Forgotten Places, July 24, 2018.

Newsflash: The War on Poverty is Not Won — Recent commentary on how far we still have to go in the fight against poverty

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When hunger is increasing in many urban areas and when poverty is increasingly concentrated post Recession, is the War on Poverty won? When women and children, particularly people of color, endure poverty at disproportionate and growing rates, that statement is just a cruel assertion from the Trump administration, aimed at making it easier to slap work requirements on the poor.

News Coverage: Alfred Lubrano, Is the War on Poverty ‘a success’ as the Trump administration proclaims? Philly.com, July 27, 2018.

News Coverage: Kriston Capps, The ‘War on Poverty’ Isn’t Over, and Kids are Losing, CityLab.com, July 18, 2018.

News Coverage: Robert L. Fischer, Why the War on Poverty Isn’t Over, in 4 Charts, TheConversation.com, July 20, 2018.

Op-Ed: Renée Loth, Trump declares victory in the war on poverty to punish the poor, BostonGlobe.com, July 20, 2018.

Op-Ed: Gregory Acs, Have we won the War on Poverty? Not yet, The Urban Institute, July 26, 2018.

Op-Ed: Will Bunch, No, Trump administration, we didn’t ‘win’ the War on Poverty, Philly.com, July 19, 2018.

 

New Article: Establishing a More Effective SAFMR System: The Cost and Benefits of HUD’s 2016 Small Area Fair Market Rent Rule

New Article: John Treat, Establishing a More Effective SAFMR System: The Cost and Benefits of HUD’s 2016 Small Area Fair Market Rent Rule, 51 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 643 (2018). Abstract below:

This Note analyzes the new HUD rule finalized in November 2016, which dramatically changed the structure of the Housing Choice Voucher program in select metropolitan areas. In August 2017, HUD suspended automatic implementation of the rule until 2020 for twenty-three of the twenty-four selected metropolitan areas, but in December 2017, a preliminary injunction was granted requiring HUD to implement the rule as of January 1, 2018. The rule as written changes the method for calculating the vouchers from using a metropolitan area-wide average to calculating a separate level for each zip code. Such a change could greatly deconcentrate poverty and reduce economic and racial segregation; a result that the current status quo has failed to accomplish. The new rule, however, is not without its flaws. This Note offers a number of recommendations for changing the rule to address these flaws: (1) tweaking metro area selection criteria to include large, highly-segregated areas; (2) granting public housing agencies flexibility in implementing the rule; (3) including new protections for gentrifying neighborhoods and additional funding for landlord outreach and mobility counseling; and (4) revising methodology to increase accuracy. Despite the problems with the new rule, as long as HUD is truly committed to implementing it, its benefits are likely to outweigh its flaws.