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By Adam Belz Star Tribune, 11/28/16 9:08am

A long-term drop in crime, combined with a concentration of high-wage jobs and a renewed preference for urban life among highly educated workers, have made the city's core more desirable.

A new study from the University of Minnesota has put a fine point on the problem, showing that several neighborhoods around downtown Minneapolis are gentrifying. A long-term drop in crime, combined with a concentration of high-wage jobs and a renewed preference for urban life among highly educated workers, have made the city’s core more desirable.

DISPLACEMENT: The Gnawing Injustice at the Heart of the Housing Crises What can we actually do about it?
By Dan Bertolet (@danbertolet) 08/10/16 6:30 am

The root cause of displacement is a shortage of homes, and the only real solution is to build lots more housing of all types, to bolster those efforts with public support for those most vulnerable, and to precisely target preservation efforts in places justified by the protection of cultural communities or the opening of economic opportunities. Seattle and other prospering cities can ensure that working families and people of color can stay in their homes and keep fragile communities together. Displacement does have solutions, in other words. They just may not be what you think.

$22 million makeover planned for Brooklyn Park's affordable housing
By Shannon Prather, Star Tribune, 08/08/16 11:05pm

The ambitious projects include new roofs, siding, windows, parking lots and playgrounds outside, and remodeled kitchens, bathrooms and carpets within. After the work is done, nearly 680 apartments and townhouses will remain affordable either through income restrictions or the Section 8 federal housing program.

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With homelessness on the rise, Dakota County searches for solutions.
By Emma Nelson, Star Tribune April 23, 2016 — 6:14pm

Hennepin County puts money into effort to preserve 'naturally occurring' affordable housing
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High housing costs are making life impossible for low-income families
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Affordable housing project at University and Victoria moves forward
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Construction of affordable apartments will rise in Twin Cities
But number is still far short of metro-area demand, analysis says.
By Jim Buchta Star Tribune February 1, 2016 — 9:08pm

Washing Post Editorial on the mortgage interest deduction, citing the National Low Income Housing Coalition's new report on the rarity of mortgages over $500,000 (just 5% of all mortgages nationwide) (see: http://nlihc.org/research/rare-occurrence), and supporting both lowering the portion of a mortgage eligible for tax relief down to $500K from $1 million and changing the deduction to a 15% tax credit.
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Dakota County team will help renters with troubled backgrounds find homes
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