Recommended Readings: How Housing Works

Sharon Bort • November 10, 2017 • Recommended Readings, Boston, News

In the spirit of a call from Ethan Zuckerman, the director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, for more “wide news” — news that reflects society’s diversity of opinions — we’ve been sending out some recommended readings for each of our events that cut across the spectrum. This month, because of our event’s focus on housing, we have a few suggested starting points the cut across a different distinction – local and national.

Housing, particularly in Boston, is a complex topic, so please note that these are by no means meant to be thorough.  These articles are merely meant as a place to begin our conversation, as well as a way of showcasing some of the varying conversations already happening.


-Articles with an * indicate the most essential piece(s) per section.

Via our event’s guest speaker:

*The Color of Wealth in Boston, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

*The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide, Brandeis University’s Institute on Assets and Social Policy

Local/regional publication:
* Can Boston’s Affordable Housing Shortage be Eased?, Boston Globe

BU Graduates Face Inhospitable Housing Market in Boston, The Daily Free Press

National publication:
* Why Washington Can’t Fix the New Housing Crisis, Politico

America’s Housing Inventory, Explained in Four Charts, Bloomberg

– Adam Gismondi, Ph.D.
Civic Series – Civic Media Researcher


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