#1007 No place like home (History of Gentrification)

Air Date: 04-19-2016

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Today we take a look at how racism and economics combine to form a self-reinforcing legacy of unfair housing policies and practices that benefit the wealthy and disadvantage the poor

Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: The Legacy of Lynching - On The Media - Air Date: 2-13-15

Ch. 3: Song 1: Re-Write History - George Dobbs

Ch. 4: Act 2: Building the lines that divide Chicago under Mayor Richard J. Daley - Backstory - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 5: Song 2: Chicago - Sufjan Stevens

Ch. 6: Act 3: Sarah Schulman on the mechanics of gentrification - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-22-16

Ch. 7: Song 3: Gentrification - Oddisee

Ch. 8: Act 4: The integration of Oak Park, Chicago - Backstory - Air Date 3-25-16

Ch. 9: Song 4: Rockin' the Suburbs - Ben Folds

Ch. 10: Act 5: The Great Corporate Buy-Up: Because of Corporations, Our Cities Are Not Our Own - @theLFshow w @GRITlaura Flanders - Air Date 3-8-16

Ch. 11: Song 5: City on a Hill - The Minor Leagues

Ch. 12: Act 6: SCOTUS Upholds the Real Meaning of the Fair Housing Act - Majority Report (@MajorityFM) - Air Date: 06-26-15

Ch. 13: Song 6: (Ain't That) Good News - Sam Cooke

Ch. 14: Act 7: Urge Your Legislators to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing via @SenatorCantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N (A Call to Invest in Our Neighborhoods) #LIHTC - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 15: Song 7: This fickle world - Theo Bard

Ch. 16: Act 8: Why does gentrification happen? - Economic Update w: @profwolff - Air Date 11-13-15


Ch. 17: Theory of change and why to support Clinton in the general election - Craig

Ch. 18: Go with issues not people or parties - Nomordo from San Jose

Ch. 19: Elections, privilege and the Trolly Car Dilemma - Alex from Illinois

Ch. 20: I can't afford to vote with a binary mindset - Marti from Madison, WI

Voicemail Music: Loud Pipes - Classics

Ch. 21: Final comments on voting with a theory of change, Podcast Awards nominations and technical changes coming to the podcast feed

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


Reach out to your legislators by phone, mail, email or social media and urge them to support Senator Cantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N.'s Campaign to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing.

Go one step further and ask your legislators to deliver a report outlining the state of housing affordability in your state or district. Pass on the easy-to-read report "Addressing the Challenges of Affordable Housing and Homelessness: The Housing Tax Credit," recently released by Senator Cantwell, as an example. 

Use the hashtag #LIHTC to discuss and promote the benefits of the LIHTC increase on social media.

Join the YIMBY (or "Yes In My Backyard") movement, or consider going to the YIMBY national conference in Colorado in June 2016. 

Find and get involved in a local Community Development Corporationhttp://community-wealth.org

If you’ve struggled with access to affordable housing or homelessness, consider sharing your story with Senator Cantwell so she can make the case for the LIHTC expansion on Capitol Hill: https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/affordable-housing-and-homelessness/form

Resources/Sources/Further Reading: 

Senator Cantwell and A.C.T.I.O.N.'s Campaign to Increase Federal Resources for Affordable Housing (via Cantwell.senate.gov)

For more affordable housing, expand tax credits, Cantwell says (via Bremerton Patriot)

How Banks and Developers Collude to Get Rid of New York's Affordable Housing (via The Nation)

YIMBY Groups Are Organizing Across the US to Make Cities Build More Housing (via GIZMODO)

HUD Kicks Off Fair Housing Month 2016 By Launching National Media Campaign That Depicts Shared Opportunity For All (via HUD.gov)

Clinton, Sanders Outline Housing Plans (via Affordable Housing Finance)

Bernie Sanders' Last Word to New York Voters: The Democratic Candidate for President Lays Out His Affordable Housing Agenda (Bernie Sanders via The New York Daily News)

Hear the Segment in Context: 

Episode #1007: "No Place Like Home" (History of Gentrification)

Written by Best of the Left Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman, with research assistance by city planning-expert listener Ryan Wozniak (Thanks, Ryan!)


Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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