Is racist housing policy the real villain in "Candyman"?

Oct 21, 2021
Brentin Mock of Bloomberg CityLab says Candyman represents what bad, racist housing policy created and what gentrification tries to erase.
A crew demolishes part of Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing project in 2011. The site, which now hosts luxury apartments and high-end shops, is the setting for the horror film "Candyman."
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In Vienna, public housing is affordable and desirable

May 3, 2021
Nearly 3 in 5 Viennese live in "social housing," and many say it's one reason the city ranks high in quality of life.
Social housing is subsidized by a tax on every Austrian paycheck, amounting to the equivalent of almost $300 million a year for Vienna.
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What does public charge proposal mean for hospitals that treat immigrants?

Dec 10, 2018
Today is the final day for comment for the Trump administration’s public charge proposal that would make it harder for immigrants to qualify for citizenship if they’ve used public benefits, including SNAP, public housing and Medicaid. Immigrants who’ve received cash assistance or long-term medical care already have a strike against them when they apply for […]
Immigrants make up roughly 12 percent of the population in this country, but account for just 8.6 percent of heath care expenditures. 
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To combat Spain's affordable housing crisis, Barcelona has started renting out empty apartments owned by banks

Aug 2, 2018
Spain is in a housing crisis. According to the latest official figures from 2012, around 22,000 people are homeless, though more recent estimates from nonprofits say it could be closer to 40,000. And there’s a surplus of empty homes — hundreds of thousands of apartments owned by banks, repossessed during the country’s financial crisis between […]
Mainly empty apartments are seen in Marina d'Or resort on May 19, 2014 in Oropesa del Mar, Spain.
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New York's public housing faces a big maintenance and repair bill

Jul 27, 2018
For tenants, the problems include mold, lead paint and broken boilers that force residents to use their ovens to keep warm during the winter.
Angel King and Calvin Drumgo, third vice president and president of the Tenants' Association at the Breukelen Houses public housing complex in Canarsie, Brooklyn..
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Public housing tenants surveyed after repairs, renovations to some privately managed buildings

Jun 19, 2018
A study of public housing facilities in New York City found that those managed by private developers had higher tenant satisfaction compared to others managed by the public housing authority. But it also found that tenant turnover is higher in the privately managed buildings. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Greenbelt, Maryland, can't hide its town pride

Aug 18, 2017
Photographer Jason Reblando tells the story of America's historic greenbelt towns.
"Daffodil House" in Greendale, Wisconsin.
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Gentrifying a public housing neighborhood

Feb 8, 2016
What if you could sell public housing land to developers of regular housing and stores?

Public smoking ban in public housing

Jan 7, 2016
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a smoking ban.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a smoking ban.
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HUD proposes a smoking ban in public housing

Nov 12, 2015
The proposed rule sets up a new debate about the cost of public health.