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Urban Issues: Gay Couple Housing Discrimination, Connecticut Snob Zones, NYC Innovation Future


HUD Finds Discrimination Exists in Housing for Gay Couples 



The report found that gay couples - particularly gay male couples - experience unequal treatment by rental agents

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Two Sides of the New Real Estate Boom 

Atlanta Journal Constitution


Recently, Wells Fargo Bank and various fair housing agencies announced a settlement designed to improve housing in minority neighborhoods hit hard with foreclosures.

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Snob Zones: Connecticut's Restrictive Zoning 

Hartford Courant


What is it about real estate that often brings out the worst in people? Robert Frost famously mused in verse about why his New Hampshire neighbor was so determined to fence his property off when natural forces and common sense conspired against the idea.

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New York's Growth Engines Held Back 

City Journal, Ed Glaeser


New York, like any city, needs entrepreneurship to survive. As old businesses become obsolete, new start-ups must replace them, or employment will wither.

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Will Innovation Dry Up Post Bloomberg? 



In his three terms as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg has a lot of innovative accomplishments under his belt - more than just about any big city mayor in America, or the world for that matter.

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Science Explains Why Housing Doesn't Have Enough Advocates 



In May, Scientific American (SA) published an article entitled "You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think." The title refers to the article's pointed rebuke of a well-publicized Dove brand video campaign "Dove Real Beauty Sketches."

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New Healthy Housing Standard Proposed 

NCHSA, via: Enterprise @ The Horizon


The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) proposed a new National Healthy Housing Standard last week.

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Appropriations Bill Bad for Housing Too 

National Housing Conference Open House


The Bad: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) FY14 appropriations bill was doomed from the start.

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Shift to Minority Majority Happening Faster Than Expected 



New 2010 Census analysis shows an unprecedented shift in the nation's racial makeup in 14 states, one that is reshaping U.S. schools, work places and the electorate.

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Can Geography Change the Way We Speak? 

Scientific American


There's a pretty neat series of maps featured in Business Insider making the rounds on various social channels. They tell us about ourselves, showing how Americans speak differently from each other.

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