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The New York Times

Use it or lose it: Tenant aid effort nears a federal cutoff

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design found that in some cities more than half of tenants did not qualify for rental assistance programs due to a lack of cooperation from their landlords. “We’ve consistently created programs where owners have ultimate veto power over whether a tenant can access the housing assistance that they’ve applied for and need,” he said.

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The New York Times

If restaurants go, what happens to cities?

A study by Jessie Handbury of the Wharton School documented how younger and more educated segments of the population began moving back into the downtowns of large U.S. cities from the suburbs. “A distinct and persistent feature in downtowns is their high density of restaurants,” she said. “It’s the feature that attracts people to downtowns—especially the young and college educated.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

I Love Thy Hood aims to solve Philly’s litter crisis with bright orange trash cans

Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences co-led a 2018 study that found that fewer trash cans on city streets led to more littering.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly’s housing insecurity crisis needs long-term solutions

Claudia Aiken, Sydney Goldstein, and Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design wrote an op-ed about Philadelphia’s housing crisis. “Unaffordable rents, a tsunami of layoffs largely in the service industries where many low-income renters were employed, and the vanishing housing safety net created a perfect storm in which low-income, and particularly Black, renters have nowhere to turn,” they said.

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Vox.com

The coronavirus is exposing America’s housing crisis

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about how the coronavirus pandemic is exposing the existing U.S. housing crisis. “I think this moment highlights the precarity of people generally, and how important housing is to all of us,” he said. “And I think it highlights the limited safety nets we have in place.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

‘If you don’t have to ride, please don’t’: SEPTA, PATCO further reduce service

Meg Ryerson of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design commented on the continued operation of public transit systems during the pandemic. “They’re not private companies out to make money,” she said. “They operate because they’re here to provide mobility in regions. That’s really incredible, to think that their mission is to be there for you during disaster times, and there for you in the best of times, and everything in between.”

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