Category Archives: Building Neighborhoods

Redlining is still a reality

“From 2009 to 2013, if you lived in a majority-black or Hispanic neighborhood and you wanted to apply for a mortgage, Hudson City Savings Bank was not the place to go,” stated U.S. attorney Paul Fishman. On September 23, the Department of Justice and the … Continue reading

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Revitalizing a community, one house at a time

The Sustainable Community Investment Fund raises home values in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. I spoke to Joe Recchie about what the Fund is working on in Eastmoor, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio

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Light the night: community-owned solar street lamps in Detroit

When Highland Park’s street lights were repossessed, community members took action. Find out how a grassroots group plans to use solar power to make their streets safer.

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When banks neglect foreclosed homes, entire neighborhoods suffer

Cleveland is the latest city to allege that Bank of America is neglecting foreclosed properties in mostly Latino and African American neighborhoods, while maintaining properties in white neighborhoods. What is the effect on communities of this inequity?

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How does a university campus change a community?

The University of California, Berkeley is exploring the possibility of opening up a campus in Richmond. Community-based organizations and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society took a closer look at how expansion could change the Richmond community. 

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Protecting homeowners with eminent domain

Last year, we shared Richmond, California’s innovative approach to quelling its foreclosure crisis: using eminent domain to protect homeowners from banks. The concept has since been backed by UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and attracted the interest … Continue reading

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Keeping the American dream within reach

The wealth gap is becoming a wealth chasm. How do homeownership opportunities contribute to economic equity? Plus, we share updates on banks’ settlements. 

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Community-building at Framingham Village

Praxia Partners’ initiative, Community Building Partners, was integral to the development of Framingham Village. Framingham– tucked into North East Columbus– combines high-quality affordable family housing and single-family homes to break down barriers to African-American homeownership.

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An innovative model for home ownership: Welcome to Framingham Village

African American home ownership is good for America. They key, however, is fair lending and high-quality housing

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What is service-enriched housing?

Praxia Partners’ Joe Recchie pioneered service-enriched, affordable housing throughout Ohio. 

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