China: home to the world’s least affordable housing markets

Five big Chinese cities rank among the priciest housing markets in the world, surpassing notoriously expensive cities like Tokyo, London and New York, based on calculations by the International Monetary Fund. In fact, seven out of 10 of the world’s least affordable markets–Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Chongqing–are now in China.

[Atlantic Cities, 7/1]

Seeing Gentrification behind the Window of a Sicilian Bakery

Steetnotes 21 coverWhat scholars think of as gentrification is often associated with more expensive and aesthetically elegant cafes, restaurants, and boutiques that appeal to the high-class consumers’ tastes.  Yet, it also means the displacement of working class residents and their stores.  There happened to a bakery in the south part of Park Slope, a place where coffee cost less than a dollar, but the rent jumped up from four thousand dollars a month to a whopping five thousand dollars a month. So, what might be the real face of this transition?  Perhaps, the face of Signora Enrica, one of two old Sicilian sisters who used to own an old-fashion Italian Bakery.

Read my last article on Streetnotes (2013) 21: 25-28

“Seeing Gentrification behind the Window of a Sicilian Bakery: Reflexive Ethnography and documentary practice in Brooklyn”

Lives Of NYC’s Public Housing [Photo Essay]

Yvonne Shields, Sous-Chef NYCHA Resident: Highbridge Gardens (Bronx) Credit: City Limits

By number, it’s a city – a large one. As of this past January, 403,736 people live in 2,596 apartment buildings owned and run by the New York City Housing Authority. That population is bigger than Miami, Oakland and Tulsa.

NYCHA buildings do not comprise a city of course. But their people, history, importance and problems are no less critical and complicated.

See this amazing photo essay published on-line by City Limits:

We the People: The Citizens of NYCHA

Questioning New York City’s Affordability

“New Yorkers assume that we live in the most expensive city in the country, and cost-of-living indexes tend to back up that assertion. But those measures are built around the typical American’s shopping habits, which don’t really apply to the typical New Yorker – especially not college-educated New Yorkers with annual household incomes in the top income quintile, or around $100,000. ”

[New York Times, 4/23]