urbanism

Housing, Class, & Highland Park

A very reputable non-profit developer (ICCF) is attempting to convert an abandoned neighborhood school into housing. Anyone familiar with neighborhood politics and housing discussions in the once mighty United States of America knows the arguments that will be played out; you've seen this movie before, the plot arc is as packaged as a 1990s rom-com.

Welcome to the Frozen Republic

I am ever more convinced that America is indeed a frozen republic; and that Traffic-and-Parking is the refrigerant in the tubes. Fears about T&P lock us into the current form; preventing us from addressing all manner of issues from balanced budgets to housing affordability and segregation to clean air and water. Frustrating.

For example see this Strong Towns article. The same thing plays out locally [here in Grand Rapids], but nobody writes about it.

Get MMAAADD, be a voice of reason, show up. There is not much else we can do.

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