Entries by Mark Leneker

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 […]

The Lifeblood of Cities: “Middle” neighborhoods—neither affluent nor poor—remain crucial to urban success

January 9, 2018 | City Journal By Aaron M. Renn The media tend to portray urban neighborhoods as either booming gentrified districts or zones of impoverishment. Neighborhoods in between get overlooked. But these older urban and inner-suburban “middle neighborhoods” may be where the next generation of urban problems—or solutions—will be found. Cities once held vast […]

Revitalizing our ‘middle neighborhoods’: One bold idea

December 3, 2017 | The Philadelphia Inquirer | Op-Ed by Dwight Evans & Ken Weinstein Cities compete for people. Philadelphia is no different. According to researchers at The Reinvestment Fund in Philadelphia, approximately 48 percent of city residents, across the country, live in “middle neighborhoods,” which are described as stable, working-class communities that generally lack outside investment, especially when […]