The Housing Question

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March 23rd, 2013 1:30 PM   to   4:00 PM
The Housing Question
Mortgage Foreclosures: Socially Just Solutions
Tom Angotti & Peter Marcuse with Special Guests

NOTE: Due to illness, this session is POSTPONED to APRIL 6.

How can residents in homes being foreclosed best be helped to stay in their homes? Should only those who can afford them be helped to stay? Should banks or lenders be made whole by government help if there are losses? Is the goal of public policy to restore a healthy housing market or to avoid speculation in 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 

April 6 - Mortgage Foreclosures: Socially Just Solutions

April 20 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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