Air Date: 5–13-2023
Today, we take a look at the history and resurgent idea of the company town, sometimes described by other names to obscure the reality, and the problem of affordable housing they are trying to solve.
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There's a tendency to think about company towns as a quaint relic of the past, something that disappeared a century ago. But company towns aren't just some quirk of American history, they are American history.
The neighborhood we know today as Pullman was the first industrial planned community in the U.S., explicitly built for the Pullman Palace Car Company employees.
West Virginia coal operators built small, company-owned towns for their miners to live in. The coal towns were almost always unincorporated; there were no elected officials, no independent police forces.
In the almost 200 years that company towns have existed in the U.S., rarely do these planned communities live up to their creator’s utopian vision. WSJ explores why Musk is looking to the company town model for his properties in Texas.
James Li breaks down the dystopian dreams of Elon Musk to build a modern-day company town.
Workers are struggling with the high cost of living near Disney World, so the corporate giant will build 1,300 affordable housing units near the park.
Camille Gix then joins to walk through Seattle’s I-135 initiative, what “Social Housing” implies, and why this model can bolster the reclamation of housing from the financial world to the public realm.
Architect Vishaan Chakrabarti wants us to start thinking about how we'll house all these people -- and how new construction can fight climate change rather than make it worse
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School districts in Arizona are building their own affordable housing for teachers, hoping to recruit a bigger and better batch of educators to address the ongoing shortage.
Ch. 12: Final comments on the right to repair and why we all live in a company town
MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions)
Description: Black and white photo of simple, identical concrete row houses fading off into the distance.
Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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