It’s Tuesday – you know that that means! Just kidding, we don’t know what it means either. While you’re waiting for Pickleball Friday to roll around again (let’s be honest, we know why you’re here) we will share some fun and/or interesting bits of media that the TBB crew has been reading, discussing, stressing about, etc.
“Suburban homeowners like Susan Kirsch are often blamed for worsening the nation’s housing crisis. That doesn’t mean she’s giving up her two-decade fight against 20 condos.”
We’re sure many of you saw this over the weekend but, in case you missed it, the New York Times ran a big feature on the “Twilight of the NIMBY.” Very interesting reading, let us know what you think.
Just when you thought the streets were safe…enter pickleball.
(PS We know you don’t actually think the streets are safe. We’ll work on this)
The Washington Post reported on the crisis of rising rents in manufactured home communities. If this is a topic you’re interested in, we recommend “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond – a deep dive into how the housing crisis is impacting our most vulnerable neighbors.
‘We’re all afraid’: Massive rent increases hit mobile homes
Some bits of media out of Asheville including the impacts of “performative anti-capitalism” on housing.
Aesthetic anti-capitalism is hurting Asheville’s working class
But on the flip side, we also saw how creative reuse of underutilized property can fill gaps. Even if it’s incremental!
A parking lot turns into 150 homes in Asheville. (2008➡️2018) pic.twitter.com/8HHEMEKHDq
— M. Nolan Gray (@mnolangray) June 4, 2022
Last but not least, we are learning from our friends to the north in Ann Arbor, MI. They have a great way of translating the community’s complex political landscape into engaging and easy to understand content. We strive to be this pithy!
The Factions of Ann Arbor City Politics and Why They’re A Problem