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Building long-term housing isn't enough. Homeless people need basic services now 22.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: A United Nations observer recently condemned the deplorable conditions in which the homeless residents of Los Angeles live. (“Faced with complaints of filth and blight, L.A. cracks down on overnight RV parking. Now, the homeless are scrambling,” March 15)

These people, despite being...

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As businesses cite blight, overnight RV parking bans on L.A. streets grow — and the homeless scramble 15.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

For a while, Vincent Neill and his family parked their weathered RVs on a stretch of roadway in Canoga Park, where the kids had friends down the street.

But then business owners began to complain, he said. So Neill, his wife and their seven children relocated their caravan of vehicles to a Chatsworth...

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Revival of a blighted South L.A. neighborhood is stalled by its onetime dentist, critics say 10.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary
After practicing dentistry for decades in South Los Angeles, and buying up most of his block, Alan Kleinman walked away, leaving behind abandoned buildings that he has refused to sell to developers who think the riot-damaged area around Broadway and Manchester is ripe for a revival.
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How Trump can take on the Justice Department — and help rural communities 8.3.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
There’s little hope that this $844,000 program can be salvaged even though it seeks to tackle crime and blight.
He stole $5 and a bottle of cologne. His bail was set at $350,000 5.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

The case of a San Francisco senior citizen accused of stealing $5 and a bottle of cologne from his neighbor reveals the obvious injustice of California’s bail system, and may finally lead to reform.

Kenneth Humphrey has languished in San Francisco County Jail for more than 250 days on $350,000...

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No one would build on barren land near Suitland Metro. So the county is taking the risk. 26.12.2017 Washington Post
No one would build on barren land near Suitland Metro. So the county is taking the risk.
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Trump’s War on the Environment Is a Civil Rights Emergency 26.11.2017 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by The Guardian and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  The Trump administration’s dismantling of environmental regulations has intensified a growing civil rights battle over the deadly burden of pollution on minorities and low-income people. Black, Latino, and disadvantaged people have long been disproportionately afflicted by toxins from industrial plants, […]
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Historians respond to John F. Kelly's Civil War remarks: 'Strange,' 'sad,' 'wrong' 31.10.2017 Washington Post: Politics
“It's the Jim Crow version of the causes of the Civil War. I mean, it tracks all of the major talking points of this pro-Confederate view of the Civil War,” said Stephanie McCurry, professor of history at Columbia University.
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The grandson of a slave is a vocal champion for Confederate monuments 9.10.2017 Washington Post
The Florida resident, whose grandfather was a Confederate soldier, calls the flag a symbol of Christianity: “A lot of people thought blacks fled, but blacks fought in every state.”
Battling Blight in Memphis 5.10.2017 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Tennessee’s second-largest city has become a national model for eliminating the scourge of abandoned buildings and vacant lots. In 2012, New Horizon Apartments, located midway between Elvis Presley’s Graceland and Memphis International Airport, had a major problem. The recently renovated complex was wedged between two burned-out buildings that were often targeted by vandals. But these kinds of contradictions are built into the cityscape. “Memphis is like a checkerboard: One street over, it’s horrible blight and the next street it’s just the nicest neighborhood you’ve ever been in,” says Ryan Poe, a life-long Memphis resident who writes for The Commercial Appeal, the city’s daily newspaper. “Growing up in Memphis, blight is a daily sight, and you know, you’re used to it.” Yet the checkerboard quality of blight erodes the quality of life in a neighborhood, depresses property values, and frustrates residents. Private developers were interested in acquiring the derelict buildings ...
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Two Mexico City earthquakes exactly 32 years apart. Two very different responses 22.9.2017 LA Times: Commentary

At 22 million people, metropolitan Mexico City is the largest urban area in our hemisphere. As the capital of New Spain, it governed a massive empire, stretching from the Philippines to Utah. The symbol of the eagle and the snake, which is at the center of our flag and on the seal of the city of...

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London mayor targets ‘ghost mansions’ and empty penthouses 19.9.2017 Washington Post: World
Sadiq Khan believes taxing the empty properties could ease the city’s affordable housing shortage. Others aren’t so sure.
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A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials 11.9.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

The Detroit News. September 7, 2017 Go hard after city’s tax cheats Taking the unwarranted profit out of blight is an important step toward ridding Detroit of derelict buildings and keeping others from falling into disrepair. The city is taking the right step in aggressively pursuing the owners of foreclosed and abandoned properties for payment […]
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Rosa Parks’ house found a home in Berlin, but is set to return to U.S. 3.9.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

While the house has a ticket back to America, the question of where it would find a permanent home remains unanswered.
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Natural-lawn advocate contests blight citation for her yard 31.8.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A natural-lawn advocate is fighting a citation for blight in her front yard at her Connecticut home. Maggie Redfern, of New London, is challenging local ordinances in a case that has rallied like-minded conservationists. She sees her yard as a rebuke to the chemical-soaked, manicured lawns of suburban America. Redfern […]
Cleaning Up With The 'Motor City Blightbusters' 30.7.2017 NPR: All Things Considered
A group of Detroit residents are trying to help the city recover, on a hyper-local scale, by removing the blight from their neighborhood, one abandoned house and empty lot at a time.
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Healthcare with 'heart'? Don't let children in pro-Trump areas suffer Medicaid cuts 8.7.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Big cities have their blight, violent crime, homelessness and lack of jobs. This is not good. These conditions must be resolved if we are to prosper as a great nation.

And now, under the latest healthcare proposal of the Republican Party, our rural areas and small towns like those...

Also found in: [+] is proving that brick-and-mortar retail is the new coal 9.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Are book stores and other brick-and-mortar retailers different than the coal industry? (“ is a 21st century deal with the devil,” Opinion, June 4)

Just to establish my credentials as a reader: I have read books just about continuously since my teenage years, and I’m 67....

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Circus of life: Dreams take flight amid urban blight 3.5.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A group of would-be circus performers in New Jersey’s capital city are using unicycles, acrobatics and spinning plates to bridge the divide between poverty and privilege. The Trenton Circus Squad brings kids ages 12-17 from both the struggling city and its wealthier suburbs together, using circus skills to give them a […]
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Supreme Court rules Miami, other cities can sue big banks over housing bubble damages 1.5.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Majority agrees that Fair Housing Act applies, but cities face a higher burden of proof of predatory lending’s effects than individuals.
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