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The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities

at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development


NIMC’s Joseph in New York Times: Separate but equal is slippery slope

May 23 2014

nytLogoDirector of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, Dr. Mark L. Joseph, commented on a growing practice of amenity exclusion in the New York Times article “What’s next, a Bouncer?” on May 16, 2014. The separation of amenities is becoming more frequent in New York City’s apartment buildings where there is a mix of high-income, market-rate tenants and low-income, rent-regulated tenants. Developers argue they are building amenities to attract market-rate renters as justification for prohibiting subsided residents from using the services. Joseph is quoted, “There’s a slippery slope here. What if the next amenity to be created and kept exclusive is a snack bar, or a reading room, or a business and technology center?”

Developers have also started building separate lobbies for affordable and market-rate residents. The NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy provided data showing not only do rent-regulated tenants earn less, they are likely to be elderly and minorities.

Joseph’s mixed-income research in Chicago has shown as soon as you begin segregating people with differential access to parts of the environment, it can lead to marginalization, stigmatization and second-class service and amenities. He recommends developers keep the common amenities, lobbies and entryways and invest more proactively and heavily in community building to guide residents toward shared expectations and accountability for common space. Though there has been little evidence of social connections and social mobility through mixed-income development, Joseph’s argument is that we haven’t done it well enough yet. Separating the incomes within the mixed-income developments is giving up on the possibility of more than just shared residence in improving communities – which is an improvement, but not upward mobility.

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Choice Neighborhoods finalists announced, Cleveland not among them

Apr 1 2014
Cleveland Central Choice

Cleveland Central Choice

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced the six finalists of the Choice Neighborhoods implementation grant competition. The Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is a comprehensive approach to deconcentrating poverty and revitalizing neighborhoods with three core goals around people, neighborhood and housing. Thus far nine implementation grants have been awarded in the program’s three years. In addition to being members of the Urban Institute’s evaluation team of the first five implementation sites, The National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities and the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School helped Cleveland apply for the implementation grant submitted in September of 2013. The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) received a planning grant in 2011 for the Central neighborhood and has worked with community partners to develop a transformation plan.

Unfortunately, Cleveland was not chosen as a finalist among the 44 applicants. Columbus is the only Ohio city to be considered for the final round. Cincinnati received an implementation grant for the Avondale neighborhood in 2012. The other five cities still in the running are Atlanta, Norwalk, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Tulsa. Cleveland is committed to the revitalization of the Central neighborhood and will persevere with the help of strong partners. The housing authority received a Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) grant from HUD in 2012 and has secured tax credits to move forward on the first phase of the new mixed-income housing. The competition for these limited funds will remain fierce, but Cleveland has the opportunity to reevaluate, make changes and submit an even stronger plan next time.

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Mark Joseph at HUD

Mark Joseph defines success in mixed-income development in 15 minutes at the HUD PD&R Quarterly Meeting in 2013


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