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THE ECONOMY

While billionaires like Bill Gates buy up all the nation’s farmland, Wall Street investors snatch up every home they can get their hands on.

Medieval illustration of men harvesting wheat with reaping hooks. Wikimedia Commons


A human right, commodified and rendered zero-sum.

“Slums. Washington, D.C.” Carl Mydans, 1935, Farm Security Administration — Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress) https://www.loc.gov/item/2017758811/
“Slums. Washington, D.C.” Carl Mydans, 1935, Farm Security Administration — Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress) https://www.loc.gov/item/2017758811/


The pandemic has shown that when it comes to what really matters, my housemates and I were not as close as I thought

Photo: Maskot/Getty Images


The Way We Work Now

In California, I’ve seen a spike in landlords looking for creative excuses to evict tenants

Photo illustration; source: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images


The failure to respond to the Covid housing crisis has created an eviction catastrophe for vulnerable renters

A protest in front of the Jackson Courthouse by advocacy group KC Tenants against continued evictions during the pandemic. Photo: Brandon Frederick


Julián Castro says we need to give direct assistance to the most vulnerable renters

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Churches, mosques, and synagogues across the country are trying to develop low-cost housing

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for Harvest Homes with Pastor Michael Eaddy, Mayor Emanuel, NHP Foundation CEO Dick Burns, and various community members. Courtesy of NHP Foundation. Photo: Roosevelt Holloman, Essential Photography.


The smoking section at The Uptown Nightclub on Telegraph Avenue. California banned indoor smoking in 1995. Photographs by Rian Dundon.

After a fire destroyed the only place I could afford to live, I knew it was time to leave for good


Advocates are turning zoning reform into an important progressive cause — not just a housing issue

A luxury 5-story condominium building is proposed to replace this narrow two-story house at 180 Washington Ave.
A luxury 5-story condominium building is proposed to replace this narrow two-story house at 180 Washington Ave.
Photo: Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

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