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Urban Issues: Boston Adding Housing, Ethiopia's Middle Class, San Antonio's Busines Savvy Immigrants, Bay Area Low Income Workers Struggle


Boston Looks to Add 30,000 Housing Units by 2020 

Boston Globe


The city of Boston plans to add up to 30,000 new housing units by 2020 to meet the needs of a changing population that includes more families moving to the downtown area, Mayor Thomas M. Menino is set to announce on Monday.


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Middle Class in Ethiopia Learning to Enjoy Itself 

The Economist


THE brightly lit bars lining alleys off Bole Road in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, come to life around midnight.


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Business Savvy Mexican Immigrants have Changed San Antonio 

Los Angeles Times


Settling in San Antonio with private jets and Porsches, their influence has been compared to that of well-heeled Cubans who took refuge in Miami decades ago.


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Housing Expert Says Town is "Playing with Fire" Over Section 8 

Middletown Journal


Cutting 60 percent of Middletown's existing Section 8 housing vouchers would be reckless and could cost the city millions of dollars in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, low-income and housing experts say.


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Bay Area's Low Income Workers Struggle to Get By 

San Jose Mercury News


As a renewed debate over the minimum wage flares across America, 23-year-old Josie Perez-Martinez sees the imprint of her own low-wage life everywhere she looks.


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'Being White in Philly' Article Sparks Debate in US 

Telegraph UK, via: @urbanophile


Candid reflections by Robert Huber, a white author, on life in Philadelphia, the city where the US founding fathers first met, have triggered outrage amid a racial debate across America.


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Poverty Hits Americas Sprawling Suburbs Hard 

NBC News


Like many Americans who move to the suburbs, Tara Simons came to West Hartford because she wanted her daughter to grow up in a nice, safe place with good schools.


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Homes Near Transit Insulated from Housing Crash 

DC Streetsblog


If you live close to a transit station, chances are you've weathered the recession better than your friends who don't.


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High Speed Rail a Boost for Second Tier Cities 

The Atlantic Cities


California's high-speed rail line is good at attracting mixed news, and this week was no exception.


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Are Suburban Homes Too Big? 

US News and World Report


Suburbanites often have a reputation for owning homes too large for their needs. But do they really deserve the bad rap? According to the data, no.


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