First, San Diego gave its public housing authority, San Diego Housing Commission, free reign to opt out of following federal laws aimed at protecting housing subsidy recipients. As a result, San Diego Housing Commission has and continues to create policies that adversely impact the low-income tenants for whom it receives federal funding to protect. One example – SDHC’s Community Choices program encourages low-income families to spend 50% of their income on rent. [Read more…] about What San Diego is Doing Wrong: Housing Law 101
Who are the homeless of San Diego? Yearly reports from several agencies reveal tragic glimpses of the humans everyone labels home-less. Homelessness has existed since the beginning of History, so I used to be just as jaded and callous as other people who always assumed the lot would always consist of the stereotypes: criminal offenders, the mentally ill, the infirm, addicts and other varieties of outcasts. [Read more…] about Urban Street Symbols: Hidden Messages in the Metropolis
Last week’s announcement by the White House of $1 billion of funding to go to communities hit by disasters signals that ‘resilience’ – still just a buzzword to some – is increasingly becoming a concept that more businesses, communities, and governments are willing to put more money behind. [Read more…] about $1 billion of federal funding to weave resilience into disaster preparedness
The month of June saw the opening of a major exhibition on the works of Le Corbusier at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the signing of a contract for a $2.2 million apartment in Lincoln Towers, about 20 blocks north of the museum. What, you may ask, do these events have to do with each other? [Read more…] about Towers in the Park—Unsafe at Any Income?
The recently-released documentary, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, although specifically about a singular St. Louis, Missouri, project, spurs discussion about housing, public policy and modernism. Completed in 1954, this massive 33-building project designed by Minoru Yamasaki is perhaps most famous for its demise— [Read more…] about Movie Review–The Pruitt-Igoe Myth