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 #40 – Reading the Right to the City THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND.. It’s no accident that the discussion about the right to the city emerged just when it did, or that it has become a hot formulation again just now. To summarize, the critical milestones (viewpoint: U.S.A./Europe) were perhaps – 1919, unrest and failure of… More Blog #40 – Reading the Right to the City
Participatory Budgeting – Potentials and Limits in New York ‘City Peter Marcuse Participatory budgeting, by which in New York City open public assemblies, in the district of each city councilperson choosing to participate meet and hear and debate proposals for the use of those limited capital funds allocated at the discretion of the council person.… More Blog #39 – Participatory Budgeting – Potentials and Limits
Community Land Trusts – Empty, Moderate, or Full-bodied? Community land trusts, as a legal form of ownership of land, can come in three different forms: empty – available to any group for any purpose; moderate – to deal with serious but limited problems for a limited group, or full-bodied – handling both immediate problems but… More Blog #38 – Community Land Trusts: Empty, Moderate, and Full-bodied.
Blog #30: Beyond Immediate Proposals: Some Transformative Provocations The last blog, Blog #29 began with the puzzle that the United States faces deep-seated problems today: problems of poverty, inequality, discrimination, poor education, unemployment, unaffordable housing, unaffordable health care, social aggressiveness and exclusion, insecurities of all sorts, all in a country that claims the values and… More Blog #30 – Transformative Proposals in Nine Areas