The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold a key plank of civil rights law surprised most observers. But while the decision preserves one of the most important tools in the anti-discrimination utility belt, victory is still far off in the fight to desegregate America's housing market.
"The hardest thing," John Roderick of The Long Winters says, is convincing Seattlites of "their own quiet and accidental complicity in recapitulating the problems of bias and lack of access and exclusivity and exclusionary development."
A lawsuit that set affordable housing development back by six years in Silicon Valley's largest city has come to an end. San Jose and 170 other California towns that use zoning laws to stop developers from exacerbating the state's housing crisis can breathe easier after Monday's ruling.
A 40-year-old tax break for housing developers in New York City leaves way too much wiggle room for builders to get public subsidies without delivering a rental housing market that city residents can afford, according to the city's mayor.