Don't Bother Looking for a Place to Rent in DC
by Rebecca Gordon
New congressman Maxwell Frost's struggles to find an apartment in the capital echoes the "Bourgeois Blues" Leadbelly sang in 1937. What does it say about democracy if representatives of the people can't live in Washington?
SOURCE: Law and Political Economy Project
When the Public University is a Corporate Landlord
by Charmaine Chua, Desiree Fields and David Stein
During negotiations with graduate student workers, UCLA administrators claimed that increasing stipends would effectively subsidize local landlords through higher rents and squeeze the poor in the Los Angeles housing market. The reality is that the university is an investor in a huge real estate trust that is hiking rents itself.
SOURCE: The New Republic
LA Council Racism Shows Ethnic Politics Covers for War by Landlords on Renters
The recorded remarks in a council meeting show that while Angelenos have been encouraged to vote along ethnic lines, their representatives have been more intersted in catering to politically powerful landlords and developers.
SOURCE: The Baffler
The Rent is Too Damn High(ly Central to Modern Economies)
by Trevor Jackson
Historian Trevor Jackson reviews Brett Christophers's book on rent, which places the power of the rentier class at the center of the inequality and dysfunction of modern capital and brings Marx's original investigations into the 21st century.
SOURCE: New York Times
‘I Don’t Know How I’m Going to Pay Rent Next Month’
As more cafes, restaurants and hotels shut down, millions of workers will need help to survive.
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