Category Archives: Issues

Black Homes Matter: The Fate of Affordable Housing in Pittsburgh

“I live here.  I’m from here.  My whole family is here.   We try to stay close together.  This is America.  I’m a Marine, I went to war three times.  I served my country.  It feels crazy not to be able … Continue reading

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The Foreclosure Crisis: At the Movies

If you haven’t seen The Big Short, the movie version of Michael Lewis’s fascinating book about the explosion of the housing bubble,you should see it for the entertainment value alone. The film tells an important story with humor, relative accuracy … Continue reading

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Organizing Miracles

The problem with collective action is you can’t do it on your own. Massive popular collective action emerges from mysterious movements in the Zeitgeist, but it also requires dedicated organizing that often seems not just unlikely but almost miraculous. When … Continue reading

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Estate Life: Working-Class Communities and Social Housing

Recently, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced that his government plans to demolish problem council estates due to their concentration of social problems and related crime. The scheme will include rebuilding projects, and current tenants will hold on to … Continue reading

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Master of None Lacks Class

I’m a big fan of Aziz Ansari. He was great on Parks & Rec. His stand-up is smart and entertaining. And he co-wrote a book (“Modern Romance”) with sociologist Eric Klinenberg, which takes a sociological, and engaging, perspective towards understanding … Continue reading

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Trump, Sanders, and the Precariat

  While the white working class is shrinking in the US, it remains the largest voting block in the country. That may be why leaders of both parties are concerned that white working-class voters, especially in the Midwest and South, … Continue reading

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Deindustrialization, Depopulation, and the Refugee Crisis

The refugee crisis facing Western nations has begun to peak both demographically and politically. The United Nations has reported that more than 6.5 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries and Europe, and even nations that until recently welcomed refugees … Continue reading

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