The Urban Housing Crisis: Social, Economic, and Legal Issues and Proposals

The Urban Housing Crisis: Social, Economic, and Legal Issues and Proposals

The Urban Housing Crisis: Social, Economic, and Legal Issues and Proposals

The Urban Housing Crisis: Social, Economic, and Legal Issues and Proposals

Synopsis

This concise yet comprehensive new book zeroes in on four major aspects of the current housing crisis: financing, production and preservation, discrimination, and displacement. In each of these areas, this volume provides historical background, discusses alternative methods of resolving the problems, and makes concrete proposals for new housing policies. Drawing on her legal training and experience, Zarembka weaves a discussion of relevant court decisions, in laymen's terms, into a very readable analysis. Her work proposes a comprehensive platform for resolving the housing crisis.

Excerpt

I began writing this book after working as an attorney in the Housing Unit of Legal Services for Eastern Missouri from 1976 to 1980. During that time, I represented persons being displaced by urban redevelopment corporations and dealt with issues of racial discrimination. My interest in housing started, however, long before that. When I was a law student in 1973, the neighborhood in which I lived became targeted for redevelopment, and I observed first-hand the gentrification and displacement process, as well as the ideology used to justify it.

Initially, this book began with a focus on displacement. Quickly, it became clear that displacement was too narrow a focus. Accordingly, the book now covers issues of financing, production, and discrimination as well.

Thus, the book, which began as an analysis of displacement, has become a proposal for a housing platform. It starts with a summary of the current housing crisis, which affects primarily lower-income and minority households, but which also affects middle-class people. It then proceeds with a discussion of the issues facing a society in developing an equitable housing system that will ensure decent, affordable, and handicapped-accessible housing for all members of society. After an overview of the housing platform in Chapter 3, the remainder of the book provides a detailed discussion of the existing housing system in the United States, summaries of relevant housing policies in several other countries, and concrete proposals for changes in the areas of fi-

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