To be or not to be a “Color Blind Society”?

Despite the gains achieved in civil rights since the 1960s, Americans remain very much at odds in their attitudes towards racially-directed policy, according to a new book, Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama’s America.   While few political actors challenge the central thrust of Martin Luther King’s vision, most notably that a man … Read more of To be or not to be a “Color Blind Society”?

What’s in a Design? Improved Health and Welfare in the South Bronx?

In reporting the completion of a new apartment complex in the South Bronx, Via Verde, the New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman has stressed the building’s architectural quality, its accessibility to those of moderate income, and the potentially healthful influences built into the building’s structure. In this last instance, Kimmelman has identified what I have chosen … Read more of What’s in a Design? Improved Health and Welfare in the South Bronx?

Affordable Housing at Risk in New Jersey?

Now, just when news breaks that poverty is at the highest rate as long as records have been kept in America, Governor Christie has announced permissive rules for communities seeking waivers from affordable housing obligations. According to today’s Inquirer story, the Christie administration’s Office of Community affairs can clear development after a ten-day waiting period. … Read more of Affordable Housing at Risk in New Jersey?

In Mount Holly, NJ, Use of Eminent Domain is Challenged

In Mount Holly, New Jersey, a federal appeals court has sided with homeowners in their suit to block their displacement from an affordable 1950s housing project to make way for new development.  The decision is unusual but timely: unusual in that courts have recently favored the use of eminent domain when planners make the case … Read more of In Mount Holly, NJ, Use of Eminent Domain is Challenged