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1948 Revisited in a Different Way

Positive Future #199 (Feature photo – The American Home – Public Domain) In 1948, the United Nations proclaimed that the right to food was a basic human right. This contrasts to modern economic processes that say the right to a job and a livelihood is not a human right – thus 50 million Americans must rely on public and private assistance. Now the focus is on access to affordable housing. With far more people than there are affordable housing choices, many folks are falling through the cracks. Should affordable housing be a basic human right? An article appeared on Curbed that goes into the issues and uncovers a national movement…

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Housing – Simple of the Past turns Exclusive in the Present

Positive Future #83 (Feature photo – A mid-century Eichler home – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Living in the past was certainly more simple – particularly as relates to housing costs. Real estate developer Joseph Eichler built over 11,000 homes in California in the 50s and 60s. Back then, a nicely appointed Eichler home cost $12,000. Eichler homes were unique and made living in them joy. Today, the Eichler homes have become hip and historical. Recently an Eichler home in Palo Alto, California was put on the market for $1.35 million. Yet, in today’s market, that may still be a bargain. This particular Eichler home has made the news. You can…

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Is the Real Estate Market Sending San Francisco into Disintegration?

Touch the Soil News #428 Seeking financial gain is certainly the game much of the world has directed its energies towards. But could this game reach a frenzy whose proportions begin disassembling the American community? Below is a video interview of a San Francisco man whose $1,800 a month apartment rent was arbitrarily increased to $8,000 a month. This man’s story is not an isolated case. Rental rates and evictions are on the rise. Recently, one of San Francisco’s soup kitchens run by the Nuns of Fraternite Notre Dame, received notice that the rent for the soup kitchen facility was being dramatically increased. When one of San Francisco’s most important…

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