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Fixin to Stay (Summer 2002)


Anti-Displacement Policy Options & Community Response (Vol.9, No.1)

Fixin' to Stay cover imageGentrification, the wrenching process of neighborhood change, was first named in the 1960s.  The name, however did not acknowledge the permanent erasure that takes place when a community loses its memory.  Gentrification, or urban blight were policy terms that carried social and racial values, as well as a political and economic agenda.  The layered meanings of the language of redevelopment has been understood by many communities that have fought to remain intact.  In San Francisco, those communities and their fights for survival are whispered anthems to community struggle; International Hotel, Yerba Buena, Fillmore.

There are effective strategies to both increase affordable housing and gain community control over development.  In this issue you will find the story of a Los Angeles coalition that won a Regional Housing Trust Fund.  PolicyLink has a tool kit for equitable development, a web based resource with strategies to preserve affordability.  We bring you ACORN's organizing work in Sacramento and a Displacement Free Zone in Brooklyn, where the community enforces a ban on blatant rent increases.  We take a look at the successes of faith-based organizing in cities where lack of investment, not displacement is the problem,  In another section we look at the center of gravity for San Francisco's South of Market Filipino community, and the risk to cultural continuity that displacement can bring.

We look for future trends in community development, and find a wider frame for global capitalism, displacement, and the forces that shape our communities.  Global economic decisions impact people's choices for immigration, decent jobs, housing, and the environment.  Global economic decisions impact people's choices for immigration, decent jobs, housing, and the environment.  Global economic forces undermine the ability of our communities to come together and resist displacement.  And displacement is not a new story.  People of color in this country and around the world have long struggled for self determination and for their land.

In this issue we attempt to provide historical context, policy ideas, and community experiences from around the country that will leave you both inspired and better equipped to tackle these issues at the local and regional level.

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2  News From Urban Habitat
3  News From the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment
4  About This Issue

Policy and Programs

Combating Gentrification Through Equitable Development
     by Kalima Rose

9  Increase Affordable Housing with lnclusionary Zoning
     by Doug Shoemaker

11 The Future of Affordability
     by Eric Belsky

Organizing Strategies

14 Live Out Your Faith: The Gamaliel Foundation & Faith-based Community Organizing
     by the Editor

16 Brooklyn 5th Ave Coalition
     by Benjamin Dulchin

19 We Want to Stay in Our Community: RIVER Youth in the Bronx
     by Kachen Brown, Anthony Thomas and Yomara Velez

20 Labor Goes to Bat for Housing
     by Amy Dean

22 Activists Take a Lesson from Unemployed Councils of the 1930s
     by James Tracey

Affordable Housing, Affordable Housing, Affordable Housing ...

24 LA Grassroots Campaign Wins $100 Million Housing Trust Fund
     by Peter Dreier and Kelly Candaele

27 Out of Reach 2001: America's Growing Wage-Rent Disparity

27 The National Housing Trust Fund

28 Getting Home: Notes on Homeless Issues
     by the Editor

Renter Protection

30 Rent Control in the New Millennium
     by Dennis Keating and Mitch Kahn

34 How a Group of Renters Organized to Beat a Billionaire Landlord
     by Jessica Lehman

37 Spotlight on San Francisco Bay Area Renter Protection
     by the Editor

The Role of Federal Housing Programs

39 Revisiting the Sitcom Suburbs
     by Dolores Hayden

42 And 'Then 'There's HOPE
     by the Editor

Cultural Continuity

44 Tabi Po, Respect for Those Who Came Before
     by MC Canlas

47 The Wildflowers Institute: A Cross-Cultural Training
     by Pam Burdman

49 Learning from Cambodian Donut Shops: The Oakland Family Independence Initiative
     by Maurice Lim Miller

And the Future

52 Back to the Streets: Why Community Developers Should Join the Fight Against Corporate Globalization
     by Miriam Axel-Lute


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