Students Create "Energy for Human Development" Group

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 2:12pm

Nearly 1.3 billion people live without electricity in the developing world — contributing to other vital social challenges, such as a lack of food and water and adequate healthcare. Seeing the need for a more collaborative approach to confronting the developing world’s energy challenge, students at MIT have started a new group, called Energy for Human Development (or e4Dev).

The Great Rent Wars

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 3:14pm

Written by one of the country’s foremost urban historians, The Great Rent Wars tells the fascinating but little-known story of the battles between landlords and tenants in the nation’s largest city from 1917 through 1929. These conflicts were triggered by the post-war housing shortage, which prompted landlords to raise rents, drove tenants to go on rent strikes, and spurred the state legislature, a conservative body dominated by upstate Republicans, to impose rent control in New York, a radical and unprecedented step that transformed landlord-tenant relations.

Urban Films: Mission Hill & the Miracle of Boston (1978)

Once a predominantly Irish neighborhood of houses, churches, and small stores, after World War II Boston's Mission Hill began to change: thousands of units of public housing were built---and allowed to decay there; nearby hospitals expanded, displacing people from their homes; developers and speculators bought and sold property and built twenty-story apartment buildings. A new, poor population and an affluent professional population arrived to compete for parts of the old neighborhood.

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