Closing Portland's affordable housing gap: a talk with Portland Community Land Trust
The real estate bubble may have burst but many Portlanders still find homeownership beyond their reach. Even with today's lower housing costs, affordable housing for a family earning the median family income ($66,900) would be priced at $200,000 - a price limited to very few homes currently available, and even fewer at that price with the space available for a family of four. For low income families earning less than 60 percent of the median family income, the opportunities are nearly non-existent. Is it important to make home ownership available? How do we close the affordable housing gap in Portland?
Hosted by Frann Michel, and featuring several versions of our theme song "I wish I Was a Mole in the Ground," this program discusses how our broken economy needs to be fixed if it is to work for all of us; the recent Supreme Court refusal to grant convicted inmates the right to review in the light of DNA evidence; the new documentary film about the food we eat, Food, Inc., and a commentary about the crisis over the election in Iran.
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Are "green shoots" sprouting in the rubble of our economy? Economist Gerald Friedman talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the underlying problems with the US economy and the radical measures needed to fix it. Friedman teaches at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst (hotbed of radical political economy) and writes frequently for Dollars & Sense.
Hosts Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey interview Robin Hahnel, Professor Emeritus at American University in Washington DC and currently Visiting Professor at PSU working with the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices as well as the Dept. of Economics and Sociology. He has published hundreds of articles, many in academic journals and
many in journals for general audiences. He will discuss the upcoming Town Hall on the Economic Crisis which will be focused in Portland's Cully Neighborhood as well as plans for other community town halls proposed for other economically stressed communities.
A group of progressive Portland capitalists sit down with Abe to discuss ups and downs of simultaneously doing business and doing honor to the values of sustainability and local sourcing. Joining Abe in studio is Leather Storrs, chef and owner of Noble Rot; and Noah Cable, Aaron Harmon, and Danielle Koppel, owners of Sol Pops, makers of outrageously flavored local and organic popsicles.
In the fall of 2008, the United States was plunged into a financial crisis more severe than any since the Great Depression. As banks collapsed and the state scrambled to organize one of the largest transfers of wealth in history, many — including economists and financial experts — were shocked by the speed at which events unfolded. In this new book, John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff offer a bold analysis of the financial meltdown, how it developed, and the implications for the future.