In this fourth module of the course we will:

  • review historic and current housing debates, struggles, and ideas in the U.S. related to the tensions between private property and the common good and the notion of housing as a human right.
  • engage in conversation with leaders of the Homes for All campaign

Assignments & Deadlines

Chapter 1, “The History of a Movement and an Ideology,” from Heskin, Allan. Tenants and the American Dream. Praeger. 1983.

Chapters 1-3, “A Time of Struggle: Holding the Line in the 1940s,” ““The Right to Lease and Occupy a Home: Equality and Public Provision in Housing Development,” and “So Much Life: Retrenchment in the Cold War’ from Gold, Roberta, When Tenants Claimed the City: The Struggle for Citizenship in New York City Housing. University of Illinois Press. 2014.

Hartman, Chester, “The Case for A Right to Housing,” from A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda by Bratt, Rachel; Stone, Michael; Hartman, Chester (Eds). Temple University Press. 2006.

Rise of the Renter Nation, Right to the City Alliance, 2014.

Rise of the Corporate Landlord, Right to the City Alliance. 2014.

Reallocating Equity: A Land Trust Model of Land Reform,” by John Emmeus Davis (1984). The Community Land Trust Reader. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 2010.

My Brooklyn Study Guide. A Companion to the Documentary Film My Brooklyn.

My Brooklyn available from Vimeo on Demand for $9.99 [77:00]
“My Brooklyn is a documentary about Director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along lines of race and class.”

A Matter of Place  [27:35]
The Fair Housing Justice Center has partnered with Kavanagh Productions to produce this documentary that shines a bright light on housing discrimination, one of the most shrouded and misunderstood civil rights issues in America.

OPTIONAL listen to Spike Lee’s rant on gentrification

re: Corporate Landlords, from the PAH Barcelona

BLOG POST DUE: Sunday, June 21, 5 PM
COMMENTS DUE:  Tuesday, June 23, 5 PM
Using the readings, videos, and your own experience as resources, write a blog post of approximately 750 words (login, click post, write, save) about housing and its relationship to establishing sustainable urban economies.

Read and Comment on at least two of your peers’ posts by Tuesday, June 23, do not feel limited by that requirement, and continue to blog and comment as you are moved to do so.

Week 9 Adobe Connect Discussion Session: Tuesday, June 23, 7 PM  

This discussion will consist of:

conversation with leaders of the Homes for All campaign

brief framing for the next module on the topic of food in sustainable urban economies

Adobe Connect:


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Conference line:

Phone number: 866-453-5550

Code: 8050439#