Housing

Rising Rents Threaten Berlin's Diversity, Activists Demand Expropriation

Rising Rents Threaten Berlin’s Diversity, Activists Demand Expropriation

April 11, 2019

Germany is abuzz about a new movement to expropriate 240,000 apartments from large landowners in order to halt rapidly rising rents in Berlin

When Activists Take Over City Hall: The Case of Barcelona, Spain

When Activists Take Over City Hall: The Case of Barcelona, Spain

December 17, 2018

Ada Colau, who had been a long-time housing activist, won the Mayoral election of Barcelona in 2015 and a tough battle against long-entrenched forces, but is managing to gradually transform the city. Paul Jay talks to her about her experience

Black communities denied $156 billion in property value says new Brookings report

Black communities denied $156 billion in property value says new Brookings report

December 5, 2018

“The pipes in Flint, Michigan could have been replaced 3,000 times with that money” says lead study author Dr. Andre Perry

Baltimore Organizers Say Climate Justice Is Also Health, Housing, and Transit Justice

August 6, 2018

The Baltimore People’s Climate Movement says that climate isn’t just an issue for our natural world; it also impacts our infrastructure and most vulnerable communities

The Baltimore Bureau Podcast Show: July 6, 2018

July 8, 2018

Dharna and Khalilah talk about the local movement for affordable housing, a workers strike at a local Target, the price of water, the prevalence of wrongful imprisonment and the effect of Justice Kennedy’s resignation on the Supreme Court

Economic Update: Employees VS Employers

Economic Update: Employees VS Employers

April 30, 2018

This week: German workers who elect almost half of corporate boards of directors; major US corporations with negative tax rates; Kentucky governor maneuvers against black-lung victims; involuntary part-time employment; epidemic of U.S. evictions; Trump’s tariffs on China

Residents March Through Baltimore City Hall to Demand Affordable Housing Funds

November 9, 2017

Advocates delivered a petition to Baltimore finance officials to demand $40 million per year to fund affordable housing and fix blight, part of plan they say will restore equity to a city that has doled out big tax breaks to wealthy developers

Real Media: Councils, Kickbacks, and the KCTMO

October 15, 2017

Financial journalist Joel Benjamin discusses evidence passed to the Grenfell inquiry regarding the connections between KCTMO ex-Councilor Tom Fairhead, Rona Fairhead, Council Tax Rebate schemes, and HSBC

Real Media: Property Rights, Deregulation and Think Tanks (2/2)

October 4, 2017

Open Democracy’s Laurie Macfarlane talks about the UK government’s deregulation strategy and its effects on housing, as well as the influence of think tanks on national debate and an explanation of the ‘positive feedback loop’

Real Media: The UK Obsession with Property Rights (1/2)

October 2, 2017

Open Democracy’s Laurie Macfarlane on the recent history of UK property ownership, the obscene rise in property values that is mirrored in rent increases and personal debt, and some possible solutions to consider