Housing, a human right or an investment opportunity?
This op-ed will be brief, and will not give any of these subjects their due in full, but I hope that it will still serve this city’s growing anti-gentrification movement by exploring some of the processes and relationships found within gentrification and more generally in commodified spaces. Recent coverage of the proposed amendment to the RMF-30 (RMF = Residential Multi-Family) zoning designation has highlighted the real and present impact of the redevelopment projects that these zoning changes
Trump’s Pardons are a Message
Donald Trump’s recent decision to pardon the people who murdered 17 civilians in the Nisour Square Massacre might be seen as more of the same pandering to his base that he has been doing for the last four years. It could be seen as an attempt to curry favor and hold influence over Erik Prince, the billionaire brother of Betsy Devos and wannabee super villain who founded Blackwater, in the lead up to inauguration day in the event that his coup attempt goes beyond the courts. It could be neither.
Open Letter to Erin Mendenhall
I am hoping to shock you into the recognition of homelessness as Emergency. You’ve said before that you did an informal poll of a few unsheltered people near your office, and you remarked how many people go without formal shelter by choice. I doubt the man who detailed how he informally chips frostbite from his skin made it into your focus group. He may have misplaced his ID when your police minions raided his camp, complicating his access to bus tokens. He may have run out of his allotted bus t
Who is Salt Lake City made for?
Urban privilege Across the US cities are becoming increasingly unaffordable, and while SLC has appeared to be an exception to this trend, the city and state are working hard to change this. The most straightforward way to understand the enclosure of urban living is through rents. In concert with ever stagnant wages, rents have near universally climbed. Easily recognizable examples of this process such as New York City, Seattle, and San Francisco may seem far from SLC’s current reality, but trend
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A Case for Rent Control
For years the real estate industry has waged war against the urban poor. Whether through redlining or gentrification, society's most marginalized citizens have been exploited and systematically oppressed for generations. In Salt Lake County this has taken the form of ever increasing rents where in 2000 the average rent of an apartment was $647, by 2019 it had nearly doubled, reaching an average of $1,153¹. This shouldn’t surprise anyone who spends time in the city, where seemingly no matter wher