Entries by Mark Leneker

Next City Wants Your Op-Ed about Middle Neighborhoods

August 21st, 2018 | Next City Next City and The American Assembly are soliciting op-eds about middle neighborhoods—Where are they? Why are they important? And what are the biggest obstacles to addressing their needs? If you are a resident, community organizer, practitioner, researcher or policymaker working to effect change in middle neighborhoods—and perhaps rewriting the playbook […]

The hidden costs of foreclosure: Stabilizing low-income Philadelphia neighborhoods helps us all

July 9th, 2018 | The Philadelphia Inquirer By Elyse Cherry The foreclosure crisis may have eased across much of America, but it’s still a problem in lower-income communities, nationwide and particularly in Philadelphia. In 2017, Philadelphia had the third-highest foreclosure rate of metro areas in the United States at 1.26 percent, more than double the […]

Has urban renewal come at the cost of suburban decline?

June 8th, 2018 | The Times-Picayune By Kevin Litten The magazine Governing published a report Friday (June 8) that examines the decline and neglect of urban “middle neighborhoods” — the highly diverse pockets of affordable housing where middle-class families have lived for decades. They are places where people often moved after other urban neighborhoods became […]

Tax on new construction advances despite Kenney concerns, scorching criticism from building trades

June 6th, 2018 | The Philadelphia Inquirer By Julia Terruso A tax on new construction to fund affordable housing moved one step closer to passage Wednesday despite pressure from the city’s building trades to abandon the plan, concerns from the Kenney administration about its effect on businesses, and criticism from housing advocates who said the levy could […]

Dwight Evans seeks second term in Congress

April 27th, 2018 | The Philadelphia Tribune By Michael D’Onofrio Incumbent Dwight Evans said he will rely on a his political record and experience as a longtime politician against a political newcomer in the upcoming Democratic primary. “Who is most effective and who will get things done?” Evans asked during a recent Philadelphia Tribune editorial […]

McClinton wants gun violence declared a public health crisis

April 25th, 2018 | The Philadelphia Tribune By Stacy Brown During a series of hearings on gun violence before the House Judiciary Committee, state Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-191), highlighted what she called the disparity in coverage of gun violence between low-income communities of color and more affluent majority-white communities. “While it took tragedies like the […]

Saying Housing Drives Income Inequality Misses Some Big Points

April 15, 2018 | Forbes By Erik Sherman Studies over time have examined connections between income inequality and housing. As Richard Florida, a senior editor at The Atlantic and University Professor and Director of Cities at the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute argued, “a mounting body of research suggests that housing inequality may well […]

Community Leaders Aim To Make Chatham A Shopping Destination

January 31, 2018 | CBS Chicago By Chatham, Local TV, Roseanne Tellez Chatham, a South Side community often in the headlines for the wrong reasons, is looking to change that perception. Leaders want to put Chatham on the map for shopping. So, business owners and community leaders are launching a “Buy Chatham” initiative to get […]

New Philadelphia home-repair loan program available to residents in middle neighborhoods

January 18, 2018 | The Philadelphia Inquirer By Caitlin McCabe This summer, the city of Philadelphia will launch a $100 million initiative called the “Housing Preservation Loan Program.” Congratulations to Council President Darrell Clarke, as well as Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, the Healthy Rowhouse and other housing advocates in the Philadelphia metro area! A feature of […]