The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord
Covid-19 has revealed the depths of the nation’s rental housing crisis — but a group of Minneapolis tenants has shown that a different future is possible.
, I spent 1.5 years reporting alongside renters who found a way to do the impossible: buy back their apartments from their landlord. This story truly changed me, convicted me. It's a story about what is possible and how to change the world.
NYT piece by
follows MN renters who faced eviction but organized to purchase their building. “I saw the tenants reimagine — and then reinvent — what stable, affordable housing could look like“ /1
Everything is impossible until it’s not.
Emily A. Benfer
‘In our vision of the world there isn’t a profit motive connected to housing, period. Housing is truly a public good.’ Inspiring article by Matthew Desmond
on rejecting "normal" for the possibility of something more just & worthy of humanity
The New York Times
A group of Minneapolis tenants organized against a pair of landlords who owned hundreds of apartments — reimagining and then reinventing what stable, affordable housing could be in their community, Matthew Desmond reports in
The New York Times
It’s the weekend. Here are some stories you may have missed ☕️ A group of Minneapolis tenants organized against their landlords — reinventing what stable, affordable housing could be in their community, Matthew Desmond reports.
Amazing lessons from Minneapolis by
and a reminder of how hard people must and do fight to create a place to call home.
For a year and a half,
reported on a group of tenants in Minneapolis who reimagined— and then reinvented — what stable, affordable housing could look like in their community. He saw them fight, against their landlords, and he saw them win.
"Los inquilinos que desahuciaron a su casero". Una experiencia de lucha (con victoria) en medio de la crisis habitacional agravada por la pandemia.
lo narra con mirada etnográfica y compromiso político
"Don’t we have to admit that in America the dreams of the rich often become realities (carried interest, unlimited incomes), while the dreams of the poor are dismissed as outlandish?" -
A must read about the future the tenant movement is fighting for all across the country. Indeed a different future *is* possible. The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord by
"I saw the tenants reimagine — and then reinvent — what stable, affordable housing could look like in their community. I saw them fight, and I saw them win." --
"When tenants strain to break free of a rental housing market that has brutalized them, they raise urgent questions about the depths and nature of that market’s brutality." An amazing story about tenants "redefining what is possible," by
MUST READ ⚡️ Incredible story of how a tenants union created a new pathway to justice. Housing is a human right!
"Besides, who gets to decide what is workable and what is not? Don’t we have to admit that in America the dreams of the rich often become realities (carried interest, unlimited incomes), while the dreams of the poor are dismissed as outlandish?"