The Law and Political Economy (LPE) Project
Putting creative housing demands on the bargaining table and engaging in public campaigns for tenant protections are essential first steps for all unions that can bargain on the offensive as they gain power.
Francesca Mari; Photographs by Luca Locatelli
New York Times
Soaring real estate markets have created a worldwide housing crisis. What can we learn from a city that has largely avoided it? The difference is Vienna prioritizes subsidizing construction, while the U.S. prioritizes subsidizing people with vouchers
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can provide $10 million to tenant organizers each year, but the funding has largely gone unspent since the early 2000s. Will that change with a new administration and newly approved HUD secretary?
Ultimately it is crisis-ravaged real estate where Blackstone seeks to continue to find a goldmine while anchored by generous political contributions and fueled by desperation capital pouring out of central banks and governmental treasuries.
Alex Ferrer, Terra Graziani and Jacob Woocher
We must see real estate market for what it truly is: an institution rooted in settler colonialism that allows land (and the housing that sits atop it) to be distributed and controlled by those who have enough money for their preferences to matter.