The Housing Question

March 9th, 2013 1:30 PM   to   4:00 PM
The Housing Question
The Creeping Privatization of Public Housing
Tom Angotti & Peter Marcuse with Special Guests

In the last three decades federal, state and local housing agencies have drastically reduced public housing subsidies, demolished many projects, and entered into public-private partnerships that give banks and private developers a significant stake in public housing. What can tenants and housing advocates do to slow and stop this process? What alternative approaches can we propose to save and improve public housing?

This series of workshops addresses current housing issues. It focuses on the real roots of housing problems and both immediate and radical solutions. Each session will involve a leading housing activist, readings, and in-depth discussions led by Peter Marcuse and Tom Angotti. Participants will prepare short papers summarizing and reflecting on the readings.

The series can be taken as a 4-Session class or as stand-along seminars. Sessions include:

Feb. 23 -   Housing & Displacement after Sandy

March 9 - The Creeping Privatization of Public Housing 

March 23- Mortgage Foreclosures: Socially Just Solutions

April 6 Rent Control: Economics & Social Justice

Tom Angotti teaches in the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs & Planning. From 1995 to 2001 he was Chair of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at Pratt. He is the author of New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, Metropolis 2000: Planning, Poverty and Politics, and Housing in Italy. He was previously a city planner with the NYC Department of City Planning, and worked for state governments in New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Peter Marcuse, a planner and lawyer, is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at Columbia University. His fields of research include city planning, housing, the use of public space, the right to the city, social justice in the city, globalization, and urban history, with some focus New York City. He has taught in West and East Germany, Australia, the Union of South Africa, Canada, Austria, Spain, Canada, and Brazil. His books include, co-edited with Ronald van Kempen, Globalizing Cities: A New Spatial Order?,  Of States and Cities: The Partitioning of Urban Space, and most recently, a co-edited volume, Searching for the Just City and a chapter in A Right to Housing. His blog,, contains several pieces on the Occupy Wall Street

Tuition: $10
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