Progressive Planning and the Scammification of Good Intentions: 13 endangered ideas in urban affairs “Watch what you say,” and particularly how you say it, if you want to make sure your meaning is clear. The language of urban planning and policy is full of treacherous terms, terms that are sometimes deliberately used to suggest a… More Blog # 65 – The Scammification of Good Ideas
Naturalizing Gentrification and Markets Naturalizing “gentrification,” using the word as if it describes an active “it,” speaking of it as a natural process, conceals its actual causes : a process by which particular live persons and groups act in particular ways in particular settings in ways that benefit themselves and harm others. Making it seem… More Blog #61 – The Naturalization of Gentrification and Markets
Notes Towards a Housing Strategy for New York City That there Is a housing crisis in New York City for the majority of its residents, and particularly severe for lower income and “discriminated-against minority groups,” hardly requires further documentation. And there is an emerging consensus amongst housing advocacy groups and community-based and progressive political groups… More Blog #60 Toward a Housing Strategy for New York 1
Blog #58b: From Civil Rights to Human Rights via Transformative Rights. The issues raised by the discussion of utopias in Blog #58a: From Immediate Demands to Utopias via Transformative Demands, have a striking parallel in the discussion about rights, ranging from civil rights to human rights via transformative rights. **** I. Rights:… More Blog #58b: From Civil Rights to Human Rights via Transformative Rights.
Blog 58a: From Immediate Demands to Utopias via Transformative Demands. The Occupy movement was frequently criticized for not making immediate and concrete programmatic demands. The movement challenging climate change and calling for society to become managed along ecological lines is sometimes charged with the same failure. The slogan, “Cities for people, Not for Profit,” and… More Blog #58a: From Immediate Demands to Utopias via Transformative Demands.
Blog #57 – “Public” opinion and the innocent media. N. Gregory Mankiw, professor of economics at Harvard. writes: “Media owners generally do not try to mold the population to their own brand of politics. Instead, like other business owners, they maximize profit by giving customers what they want.” “These findings speak well of the marketplace.… More Blog #57 – – “Public” opinion and the innocent media.
Blog # 55c – The Blocked Questions on Inequality. [Blog #55a has tried, in outline form, to explain the existence of inequality in the U.S.A.] [Blog #55b has asked mores specifically how that inequality came about and why it is tolerated in a democracy.] This Blog #55c gives three examples, from different points of view,… More Blog # 55c – The Blocked Questions on Inequality.