Link It Over

Links from the web that we found relevant. They don't always represent our point of view, but they're interesting:

Boston Globe: Questions arise about campaign for $1b Union Square overhaul
Dianne Doherty Sullivan doesn’t give out her e-mail address. Ever. And she doesn’t really follow housing and zoning issues in Somerville, where she has lived all her life.

CityLab: Creating a Better Community Through Text Messages
As cities make their data more transparent and accountable, this project in New York found one way to use technology to engage the residents in the planning process—by prompting locals to text in ideas.

NYTimes: When Opioid Addicts Find an Ally in Blue
In this college town on the banks of Lake Champlain, Chief Brandon del Pozo has hired a plain-spoken social worker to oversee opioids policy and has begun mapping heroin deaths the way his former commanders in the New York Police Department track crime.

Detroit Free Press: HUD Secretary Ben Carson defends eliminating community block grants
In an AP exclusive interview, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says he expects to release an agenda within the next few months that delivers "bang for the buck," partly by encouraging more private-sector collaboration.

The Washington Post: Here’s how much you would need to afford rent in your state
There is nowhere in this country where someone working a full-time minimum wage job could afford to rent a two-bedroom apartment, according to an annual report released Thursday documenting the gap between wages and the cost of rental housing.

AZ Central: Phoenix is the nation's 5th largest — but is it a 'real' city?
Phoenix is now the fifth-largest by population. Its land area exceeds New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. The number of people who live here lags those cities, and Houston, but surpasses all others.

National Review: How to Think about Low-Income Housing
Well, raise my rent! Here’s a great big Muppet News Flash from the Washington Post: Average-priced goods are relatively expensive for low-wage consumers.

HousingWire: Affordable housing advocates plan day of action
Affordable housing advocates across the U.S. are coming together to advocate for greater investment in affordable homes and community development.

Chelsea Record: Council Plans Hearing on Broadway Store
In an effort to ramp up the downtown overhaul, City Manager Tom Ambrosino submitted a request to the City Council to hold a hearing and move forward with an eminent domain taking of the Salvation Army Store at 440 Broadway.