Will coronavirus be the death of cities? Not so fast

The Covid-19 crisis is bringing a Great Reset to our cities, suburbs and communities. Not just the health crisis—the economic and fiscal crises emerging in its wake, and the wave of protests for racial and economic justice that has swept up alongside it, are altering the way we live and work in powerful ways. This Great Urban Reset gives us a once-in-a-century opportunity to create more equitable and inclusive communities of all sizes and shapes.

The Wall Street Journal • December 10, 2020

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Should Biden go big on public housing?

The Biden administration will have a narrow window in 2021 to set their agenda, and a long list of competing needs: Beyond the raging pandemic and the climate crisis, the new president will confront an ailing economy, steep racial and income inequality, and a potentially cataclysmic wave of housing instability.

Some progressive advocates say that President-elect Joe Biden could tackle all of those at once by embracing a long-neglected national infrastructural need — public housing — as the engine for the recovery.

Bloomberg CityLab • December 8, 2020

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Netflix commits $25 million to address racial inequities in housing

Netflix has made a $25 million commitment to seed Equitable Path Forward, Enterprise Community Partners’ five-year, $3.5 billion initiative to counter racial inequities rooted in housing, according to Enterprise leaders.

Housing Finance • December 15, 2020

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Midtown is reeling. Should its offices become apartments?

The pandemic is pummeling New York City’s commercial real estate industry, one of its main economic engines, threatening the future of the nation’s largest business districts as well as the city’s finances.

The powerful real estate industry is so concerned that the shifts in workplace culture caused by the outbreak will become long-lasting that it is promoting a striking proposal: to turn more than one million square feet of Manhattan office space into housing.

The New York Times • December 11, 2020

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Lawmakers mull action on evictions as rent relief expansion stalls

With just three weeks left before federal funds dry up and eviction moratoriums run out, details of New York’s expanded rent relief program have yet to materialize — and legislators are mulling taking action.

The Real Deal • December 11, 2020

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