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An urban home is an intimate space, but it can also be a public good.

Throughout the world, the provision of shelter for urban populations has been at the center of urban crises and conflicts, as well as their solutions. This course will examine the deep history of urban segregation, fights for healthy and safe housing, and scholarly and policy debates about the “planet of slums.”


Recent Podcasts

Cairo to London: Imperial Dynamics of Housing the Poor January 5, 2021 - “Cairo to London: Imperial Dynamics of Housing the Poor” examines the ways in which imperialism impacted perceptions of urban poverty and housing in late 19th century London, England and Cairo, Egypt. We analyse the British government’s responses to emerging urban crises in each city, and how these policy responses were shaped by social perceptions of the poor. This podcast addresses questions like: How did these perceptions shift between the metropole, London, and the colony, Cairo? And, how does a difference in perception result in differences in policy? Using a combination of scholarly books and journal articles, primary accounts of reformers and travel journal logs from the 19th century, and expert interviews, “Cairo to London: Imperial Dynamics of Housing the Poor” ultimately seeks to understand the consequences of these differences in perceptions of the poor in the context of urban housing. [...]

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Where They Lived: Housing New York’s Single Women January 5, 2021 - Explore the gendered nature of access to affordable, safe and healthy housing in a place that is close to the hearts of all three of us, New York. As New York became more and more industrial, several industries began recruiting female laborers. Many of these workers were young single women on their own for the first time in a major city. It was especially hard for women with few connections in the city to find an affordable and safe place to live, so most single women ended up renting rooms or living in private boarding houses. By 1910 there were around 68,000 women boarders in Manhattan alone! In this podcast, you can learn about the history of housing options developed for single women in New York as an alternative to private boarding and lodging. [...]

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Disease and Power January 5, 2021 - At the turn of the 20th Century, the third pandemic of the Bubonic Plague took place, impacting many lives and killing millions of people as it made its way around the world. This episode of Just Housing explores how the Plague impacted the cities of Hong Kong and San Francisco. [...]

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La Batalla de Bodegas January 5, 2021 - Welcome to our podcast, La Batalla de Bodegas: an analysis of the declining presence of bodegas in Washington Heights and its direct influence on access to housing for Dominicans. Our title “Batalla de Bodegas” alludes to the ongoing ‘battle’ for bodegas that has taken place since the late 90s against the forces of zoning laws, gentrification, redevelopment and the criminalization of the Dominican population. [...]

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Home is Where the Heart Is January 5, 2021 - Welcome to Home Is Where the Heart Is, a discussion with Amber Chong, Bella Barnes, and Sophie Kato (joined by Sophie’s grandfather, Ken Kato) of how Japanese-American resilience shaped the Heart Mountain Relocation Center’s emergence as a unique community that functioned as both a prison and a city. [...]

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