Beyond California

As Cities Look to Get Greener, Lower-Income Residents Fear Gentrification

By many measures, the effort to convert old elevated railway on Chicago’s Northwest Side into a signature park has been a smashing success.

The 2.7-mile recreation trail, known as The 606, built on old Chicago & Pacific Railroad line has been praised as a model use of public space since it opened two years ago. It's regularly packed with bikers, joggers and walkers.

Homelessness in Spain Is On the Rise, and Owners Are Getting Rough as They Try to Get Squatters Out

Veronica and her three small children live in a modernist building in a quiet, working-class Barcelona neighborhood. The apartment is perfect for the young family, except for one thing: They are living there illegally. Veronica, who declined to give her last name for fear of eviction, is among the thousands of people squatting in vacant apartments throughout Spain.

Cuomo Orders State Investigation Into Landlords Discriminating Against Immigrant Tenants

Gov. Cuomo has ordered a multiagency investigation into whether landlords across the state are discriminating against immigrants — including asking them to prove their citizenship or face eviction.

The Daily News reported exclusively on Sunday night that 23 apartments in a building on 42nd Ave. near Junction Blvd. in Corona, Queens had received such a letter.

“If you fail to comply, we may have to terminate your lease and may have to evict you from the apartment,” the notice read.

Look at Grenfell Tower and See the Terrible Price of Britain's Inequality

The appalling destruction of Grenfell Tower and the lives of so many who lived there has exposed what society, in its heart, already knows: our housing cannot continue to be subject to the market’s desires, needs or fluctuations. If some housing is regarded as being more valuable, more desirable, corners will always be cut in the places where there is less financial return. The same goes for people: the most disadvantaged always suffer most from the mistakes of the powerful.

This City Helped Pioneer the Fight for $15. Can It Revolutionize Housing Rights?

Michelle Dillon couldn’t move out.

The 32-year-old southern Seattle resident first started looking for a new apartment when her landlord raised the rent in 2015. It began with a $50 hike and kept climbing. By December 2016, the cost of her modest dwelling had ballooned from from $1,360 to $1,650 a month.

“I was making about $1,200 a month,” says Dillon, who worked for a nonprofit in the city at the time. “After I paid rent and all my bills, I had about $200 left over for groceries.” This wasn’t sustainable.

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