Researching Public Law and Public Policy in the Public Interest
David Troutt, founding director of the Rutgers Center on Law in Metropolitan Equity (CLiME) was featured in on NJ.com this week: A recent report by Rutgers University found the risk of displacement for Newarkers is already high, even though threat of gentrification remains premature. "Displacement through gentrification comes about because cities make deliberate tax policy decisions that favor certain elements over others," said David Troutt, one of the authors of the report and director of Rutger's Center for Law, Inequality and Metropolitan Equity. "A city like Newark has to exercise that same authority to protect (residents)," he added. "This is an obligation to make sure as it plans for growth, it also plans for affordability. Otherwise people disappear."
Making Newark Work for Newarkers is the full report of the Rutgers University-Newark Project on Equitable Growth in the City of Newark, written by CLiME and incorporating research conducted in conjunction with a university working group whose work began last April. We viewed the goal of equitable growth first in the context of housing issues before expanding to think about the fabric of community life and economic opportunity in the city. This Executive Summary includes the main findings from each chapter as well as the highlights from a comprehensive set of recommendations we submitted to Mayor Ras Baraka on October 27, 2017. The key fact that animates any study of equity and opportunity in a city undergoing downtown redevelopment is this: Newarkers face a longstanding crisis of housing affordability.

Cities may sue banks for injuries to their tax base caused by unlawful conduct against homeowners, according to the Supreme Court in a May 1st decision that was closely watched by fair housing advocates.  An unusual split among the justices produced the 5-4 opinion in Bank of America v. City of Miami.  The federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) ruling demonstrates that the aggregation of direct harms can produce broader consequences that may be actionable by indirect victims.

CLiME Director David Troutt comments on the the New Jersey Supreme Court's latest Mt. Laurel decision: "Even amid dramatic national change, a lot about life is still local."
While the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule requires cities to assess their housing stock in order to reduce disparities, the Newark Housing Authority follows the national pattern of dismissing racial integration.
The Peoples Emergency Center Community Development Corporation has developed a new complex of affordable housing projects, designed for low income artists in West Powelton’s Promise Zone in Philadelphia.
A new regional revolving loan fund will support affordable homes close to bus or rail corridors throughout the Puget Sound area.
While it is commonly understood that the Great Recession ended on June 2009, the total number of consumers having their foreclosure or negative public records still on their credit report actually peaked in 2015. This paper examines the lasting impact of these negative records on consumer spending and economic recovery.
The foreclosures in Wayne County, which includes Detroit, aren’t because homeowners owe money to banks. People here are losing their homes because of unpaid property taxes ― taxes that, in many cases, are based on outrageously high assessments that have not been updated for more than two decades.
Should your ZIP code determine your future? Not according to American ideals of social mobility. American realities, however, tell a different story: Where people grow up goes a long way toward shaping how well they will be educated, how stable their families will be, how high their dreams can soar.

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