Archinect - News 2016-08-27T13:19:47-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism Nicholas Korody 2016-07-13T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T19:37:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ck/ck8zlc5bp7z3q092.jpg" width="514" height="369" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Block a highway, and you upend&nbsp;the economic life of a city, as well as the spatial logic that has long allowed people to pass through them without encountering their poverty or problems.&nbsp;Block a highway, and you command&nbsp;a lot more attention than would a rally outside a church or city hall &mdash; from traffic helicopters, immobile commuters, alarmed officials.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The article notes that, historically, highway construction decimated black communities, such as in St. Paul, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Oakland, and many other cities. In New York, Robert Moses explicitly used highways to clear "slums," in the process devastating parts of the Bronx and other black neighborhoods.</p><p>Highways were also used as weapons in the arsenal of segregation. For example in Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley separated traditionally white Irish neighborhoods from black communities in the South Side with the Dan Ryan Expressway.</p><p>Today, highways carry additional symbolic weight for Black Lives Matter protestors. Many of the black men killed by police over the past few years &ndash; Philando Castile, for example &ndash; were stopped in routine traffic checks.</p><p>Infrastructure also has symbolic resonance in the larger history of the civil rights movement. The article mentions as examples the Selma March, the Freedom Rides, and Rosa Park's refusal to sit at the back of a public bus.</p><p>For more on th...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956540/anti-growth-zoning-codes-exacerbate-economic-disparity-racial-segregation Anti-growth zoning codes exacerbate economic disparity, racial segregation Nicholas Korody 2016-07-07T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-07-11T15:35:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w899qj6u3v5hsnfb.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To most people, zoning and land-use regulations might conjure up little more than images of late-night City Council meetings full of gadflies and minutiae. But these laws go a long way toward determining some fundamental aspects of life: what American neighborhoods look like, who gets to live where and what schools their children attend. And when zoning laws get out of hand, economists say, the damage to the American economy and society can be profound.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Studies have shown that laws aimed at things like &ldquo;maintaining neighborhood character&rdquo; or limiting how many unrelated people can live together in the same house contribute to racial segregation and deeper class disparities. They also exacerbate inequality by restricting the housing supply in places where demand is greatest."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952075/it-s-not-the-kids-it-s-their-environment-the-tragic-story-of-a-young-aspiring-architect-who-died-too-soon" target="_blank">&ldquo;It's not the kids, it's their environment&rdquo;: The tragic story of a young aspiring architect who died too soon</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944864/the-self-segregation-of-america-s-wealthiest-class" target="_blank">The self-segregation of America's wealthiest class</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy" target="_blank">The architectural vestiges of white supremacy</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134268383/housing-mobility-vs-america-s-growing-slum-problem" target="_blank">Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944864/the-self-segregation-of-america-s-wealthiest-class The self-segregation of America's wealthiest class Nicholas Korody 2016-05-12T13:16:00-04:00 >2016-05-12T23:45:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ad/adlobueifirzix0v.jpg" width="514" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For years now, people have been talking about the insulated world of the top 1 percent of Americans, but the top 20 percent of the income distribution is also steadily separating itself &mdash; by geography and by education as well as by income. This self-segregation of a privileged fifth of the population is changing the American social order and the American political system, creating a self-perpetuating class at the top, which is ever more difficult to break into.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Geographic segregation dovetails with the growing economic spread between the top 20 percent and the bottom 80 percent: The top quintile is, in effect, disengaging from everyone with lower incomes."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136886091/urban-fingerprints-reveal-a-city-s-fundamental-character-and-composition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Urban fingerprints reveal a city's fundamental character and composition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937992/buying-homes-by-the-four-pack" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Buying homes by &ldquo;the four-pack&rdquo;</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934246/the-hedge-fundification-of-american-universities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The hedge fundification of American universities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146668906/michael-kimmelman-on-the-state-of-affordable-housing-in-nyc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman on the state of affordable housing in NYC</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/147745851/the-architectural-vestiges-of-white-supremacy The architectural vestiges of white supremacy Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-09T17:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T22:59:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dc/dcw8ebsvqni4mtkf.jpg" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The inequity built into The Lyric Theatre's very architecture is a painful reminder of [Birmingham's] ugly past as one of the most segregated places in America. But it also serves as a living history lesson [...] Across the South, people are struggling with similar questions: What does a changing region do with the vestiges of back-alley service windows, segregated waiting rooms, dual water fountains and abandoned schools that once formed the skeleton of a society built on oppression?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Wait long enough, and anywhere can become a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117905496/archinect-s-lexicon-dark-tourism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">dark tourism</a> site. More from the tricky territory of architectural preservation:</p><ul><li><a title='"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145825751/too-old-to-be-hip-but-too-young-to-be-venerated-say-good-bye-to-the-brutalist-fogarty-building-in-downtown-providence" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Too old to be hip but too young to be venerated" &ndash; say good-bye to the brutalist Fogarty building in downtown Providence</a></li><li><a title="Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145531770/preserving-a-home-in-all-its-marred-glory" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preserving a Home in All Its Marred Glory</a></li><li><a title='"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145189824/never-the-same-river-twice-experimental-preservation-and-architectural-authorship-with-jorge-otero-pailos-on-archinect-sessions-47" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Never the Same River Twice" &ndash;&nbsp;Experimental preservation and architectural authorship with Jorge Otero-Pailos, on Archinect Sessions #47</a></li><li><a title="Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141818923/saudi-arabia-s-uneasy-relationship-with-its-cultural-heritage-of-mecca-and-medina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Saudi Arabia's uneasy relationship with its cultural heritage of Mecca and Medina</a></li><li><a title="The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141208175/the-queen-s-architect-listen-to-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-2-with-jens-bertelsen" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Queen's Architect: listen to Archinect Sessions One-to-One #2 with Jens Bertelsen</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134268383/housing-mobility-vs-america-s-growing-slum-problem Housing mobility vs. America's growing slum problem Alexander Walter 2015-08-14T15:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-16T12:19:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a3/a311fa5cab620cba9bce2ba2858ea3c7.jpg" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If America decides to take on its growing slum problem, people will need to think hard about how to do so. Mobility programs are proven to work for the families who move, but what happens to the neighborhoods that people leave? Can affordable-housing projects in low-income areas also help poor families succeed, or are they doomed to fail their residents, no matter how nice they are, because of where they are located? &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132341095/in-chicago-forming-economically-integrated-suburbs-is-more-complex-than-it-looks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">In Chicago, forming economically integrated suburbs is more complex than it looks</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133584551/abandoned-schools-new-development-opportunities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Abandoned schools = new development opportunities</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127597504/nyc-s-public-housing-woes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC's public-housing woes</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126953722/another-case-of-poor-door-for-proposed-vancouver-high-rise Another case of "poor door" for proposed Vancouver high-rise Justine Testado 2015-05-08T17:39:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T17:52:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/07/07z7osijyjk9ssd3.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new building in Vancouver's West End neighbourhood is getting some attention because of its segregated entrances for condo residents and those living in social housing units. The West End Neighbours community group says the market-priced condo units and social housing units for the 19-storey high-rise for 1171 Jervis Street will also be branded differently at the entrances and have separate amenities. The development permit was approved Monday by city staff.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/123586329/with-gentrification-the-end-of-racial-segregation-moves-into-la-s-highland-park-neighborhood With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:25:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6fdgd5svwqwquzmo.jpg" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For years, our family journeys have taken us from our hillside home, in the multiethnic Mount Washington district of northeast Los Angeles, into the flatlands of the Latino barrios that surround it. My wife, Virginia Espino, who is Mexican-American, knows these neighborhoods well, especially the community called Highland Park. [...] &ldquo;I saw them all move out,&rdquo; my wife said one day, referring to the neighborhood&rsquo;s white residents. &ldquo;And now I&rsquo;m watching them move back in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/121509716/the-sudden-rise-fall-of-oregon-s-second-largest-city The sudden rise & fall of Oregon's second largest city Alexander Walter 2015-02-24T14:14:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T21:25:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/82/8247d7d93218e9da4b047622822abc5c.jpg" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The mere utterance of Vanport was known to send shivers down the spines of "well-bred" Portlanders.&nbsp;Not because of any ghost story, or any calamitous disaster&mdash;that would come later&mdash;but because of raw, unabashed racism. Built in 110 days in 1942, Vanport was always meant to be a temporary housing project, a superficial solution to Portland&rsquo;s wartime housing shortage.&nbsp;[...] In a few short years, Vanport went from being thought of as a wartime example of American innovation to a crime-laden slum.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.citylab.com/housing/2015/02/the-citzen-reporters-of-rios-slums-best-cityreads-of-the-week/385688/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">h/t CityLab</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/15546446/separate-and-unequal-the-neighborhood-gap-for-blacks-hispanics-and-asians-in-metropolitan-america Separate and unequal: The neighborhood gap for Blacks, Hispanics and Asians in metropolitan America Alexander Walter 2011-08-02T17:42:06-04:00 >2011-08-02T17:57:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/81/8124b3538b7e66fbc456c4ad6f9920b5.jpg" width="324" height="214" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s an ongoing debate in American society whether class or race is a stronger bond. A new study from the US2010 Project shows that race is still more determinant than class when it comes to where you live. The study found that in almost every measurement, the affluent black or Hispanic American in a household earning more than $75,000 lives in a poorer neighborhood than the average white or Asian American living in a household earning under $40,000.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>