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While Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey faces scrutiny over policing and racial equity issues, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has helped his city achieve progressive milestones, say lawmakers and advocates.
May 25, 2021
The state representative will almost certainly be the city’s first Black mayor, and his victory follows a year of nationwide social upheaval over police and racial justice issues.
May 18, 2021
A disproportionate number of Black residents have left the city, and advocates say the next mayor needs to ensure greater access to housing.
May 07, 2021
The candidates—who didn’t support an affordable housing investment that was rejected by voters today—now advance to the November ballot.
May 04, 2021
True public safety, advocates say, is one of the most urgent issues facing Cincinnati voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.
Apr 29, 2021
Days before the election, campaign finance reports show that real-estate and construction industries favor Cara Spencer over Tishaura Jones.
Apr 02, 2021
The housing advocate’s run for city council could be a Texan litmus test for the broad appeal of policies popular with working class voters.
Mar 08, 2021
Seattle suburb Renton is battling an emergency homeless shelter through its zoning code.
Rachel M. Cohen
Feb 10, 2021
If she wins at the ballot box in November, Agbaje would become the state’s first Nigerian American state legislator.
Dawn R. Wolfe
Oct 16, 2020
When it comes to public safety, Hollins doesn’t want to stop with reallocating police funding. She’d like her state to track both proven and alleged instances of police misconduct.
Dawn R. Wolfe
A June report from the county’s independent judicial arm urges local government to reallocate law enforcement resources to social services.
Jul 31, 2020
As thousands of people are freed from local jails, a group of nonprofits and activist organizations says the city's housing authority must revamp its policies that banish the formerly incarcerated.
Jul 22, 2020
Tens of thousands of people in Los Angeles County are at high risk for becoming homeless after the temporary halt on evictions is lifted—one of the largest mass displacements the region has ever seen.
Ananya Roy, Jonny Coleman
Jul 17, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed Florida lawmakers’ failure to build affordable housing for its residents.
Jun 05, 2020
Expansion of an existing federal rental subsidy program, the Housing Choice Voucher, could stabilize housing for millions of households.
Kirk McClure, Alex F. Schwartz
May 15, 2020
Last week, the City Council reinstated a “no camping” ordinance meant to discourage people experiencing homelessness from sleeping on sidewalks and outside a shelter. Advocates say the city is criminalizing poverty.
Oct 25, 2019