CityLab: The city refugees saved

Refugees have increased population and productivity in industrial Northeastern towns and also areas in the South. Because of the decreasing cap in the number of refugees allowed to come into the US, some cities are expected to close down medical clinics and jobs are going to be left understaffed.

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Bloomberg: Zoning reform alone won’t make housing more affordable

Zoning reform has been a key problem solving idea towards affordable housing. Different types of zoning tactics, like upzoning, can work, but the best way to achieve affordable housing is by pairing zoning with government interventions, such as tax incentives for developers and the use of eminent domain to provide co-op housing — a building managed entirely by the residents.

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The Verge: Automated background checks are deciding who’s fit for a home

Home leasing technology screens an applicant’s background and rejects those with a criminal history or having a high risk score. Housing departments and advocates are pushing for a more personal component in reviewing leasing applications to ensure that the leasing technology isn’t turning away applicants for absurd and easily explainable reasons.

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