Housing

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Connexions Library

The ABC of Communism
Bukharin, Preobrazhensky; (edited by Carr, E. H.)
Book
1920
Written as a commentary on the Bolshevik Party program, combining a vision of communist society with a program for practical action.
The ABCs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know
Magdoff, Fred; Yates, Michael D.
Book
2009
Rich, powerful people created the economic crisis of 2008-09, while hundreds of millions of working people suffer the consequences -- lost homes, lost jobs, rising insecurity, and falling living stand...
Access to Housing, A Regional Perspective
Article
1980
This report is the result of two concerns. On the one hand, it is a response to the perceived lack of information of the needs not being met by the current housing market in the lower mainland region ...
Alternative Press Annual 1984, The
Case, Patricia (ed)
Book
Architecture for People
Mikellides, Byron (ed.)
Book
1980
A book of possible solutions for the problems of modern architecture.
The AT Reader: Theory and Practice in Appropriate Technology
Carr, Marilyn
Book
1985
An introduction to appropriate technology, both as an explanation of the concerpt and extensive examples and applications.
Bain Avenue controversy - Ulli Diemer replies
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1978
There is no dispute about the importance and validity of economic demands, whether in the workplace or in the community. What is under dispute is Wages for Housework's insistence that money is the onl...
Bain Co-op Meets Wages for Housework: A political thriller
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1977
The story of the struggle that gave birth to a housing co-operative and destroyed the credibility of the 'Wages for Housework' sect.
The Canadian City
Gerecke, Kent
Book
1991
Based on the belief that a healthy city life is possible, this volume collects articles, stories and histories about the city and its people, covering aspects such as human and social relations, art a...
Canadian News Synthesis Project - October 1975: Volume III Number 8
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
The Canadian News Synthesis Project journal presents current news coverage to show major trends in Canada and Latin America.
The Capitalist City or the Self-Managed City?
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2004
The opposite of gentrification should not be decay and abandonment but the democratization of housing. Community land trusts may be a way of working towards this goal.
Citizen Involvement in Housing and Community: An Action Research Design
Article
1976
A proposal for funding a housing inventory network to deal with the housing crisis in Edmonton.
The City and Radical Social Change
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios
Book
1982
A collection of essays dealing with the dynamics of the new forces for social change in our urban milieu, discussing how new ideas are contributing to an urban insurgency which could lead to a new cit...
Cohousing: Connexipedia Article
Article
A type of intentional community composed of private homes with full kitchens, supplemented by extensive common facilities. A cohousing community is planned, owned and managed by the residents, groups ...
Cohousing and Sustainabliity
Article
How co-housing promotes social, economic and ecological sustainability.
Cohousing Characteristics
Article
The main characteristics of cohousing.
Cohousing FAQs
Article
Frequently asked questions about cohousing.
Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life
Goodman, Paul & Percival
Book
1947
Visions of urban life.
Community Dreams: Ideas for Enriching Neighbourhood and Community Life
Berkowitz, Bill
Book
1984
A compilation of vignettes, fragments and thought starters that provides stimulating ideas for practical community transformation.
Connexions: Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1978
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1978
Connexions Annual 1989: A Social Change Sourcebook: Information and ideas about social and environmental alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Book
1989
The Connexions Annual is simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives.
Connexions Annual 1994: A Sourcebook of Social and Environmental Alternatives
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1994
Simultaneously a reference book and an introduction to the world of social and environmental alternatives. The bulk of the Annual is devoted to listings of grassroots groups. It also contains a series...
Connexions Annual Resource and Reading List
Article
1989
A short and selective list of resources on issues addressed in the Connexions Annual, such as environment, education, peace, interntional development, women's issues, urban issues, housing, human rig...
Connexions Library: Community & Urban Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on community and urban issues.
Connexions Other Voices - June 26, 2017: Public Safety
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
The June 26, 2017 issue of Other Voices, the Connexions newsletter is about public safety.
Dark Age Ahead
Jacobs, Jane
Book
2004
A dark age is a culture's dead end. Jacobs argues that our society is facing the coming of a dark age.
Fighting Back: Urban Renewal in Trefann Court
Fraser, Graham
Book
1972
A detailed report on the conflict between city bureaucrats and residents of Trefann Court, a five-block area just east of downtown Toronto. Bent on tearing down as a step towards urban renewal, the pl...
Financial Constraint and Assisted Housing Budgets
Article
1977
A critical review of both federal and provincial capital investment in assisted housing programs.
Food, Shelter and the American Dream
Aronowitz, Stanley
Book
1974
Discusses the state of the American economy, the consequences for politics and culture that might arise from the new situation, and possible solutions.
The Foreclosure-to-Rental Screwjob: Bernanke's Double-Whammy
Whitney, Mike
Article
2011
The US government is preparing to bail out the banks once again.
Foreclosures and the Police State: Hernandez Family Foreclosure Sparks Anti-Eviction Outrage
Radford, Leslie
Article
2012
The story of the Hernandez family, who became local heroes in their determination to keep their Van Nuys home from foreclosure.
The Future of Public Housing
Janet McClain
Article
Get a Life!: How to make a good buck dance around the dinosaurs and save the world while you're at it
Roberts, Wayne; Brandum, Susan
Book
1995
Simultaneoulsy a textbook on new careers and lifestyles for aspiring entrepreneurs and a strategy for social, economic and environmental renewal.
Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada: Third Edition
Czerny, Michael; Swift, Jamie
Book
1984
See also CX2933.
Global Crisis and Opportunity: Against The Current vol. 134
Terrall, Ben
Article
2008
Ben Terrall interviews Mike Davis. Mike Davis is a veteran writer and activist who cut his progressive teeth in the 1960s civil rights and antiwar movements. He has worked as a meat cutter, long-dista...
Home Sweet Home?: The Impact of Poor Housing on Health
Marsh, A; Gordon; Pantazis, C; Heslop, P
Book
The authors set out to research three topics: the link between overcrowding and respiratory and infectious diseases; how and if housing deprivation impacts on overall health and finally the link betw...
Houses and Homes: Housing for Canadians
Sewell, John
Book
1994
Canadians need access to sound housing in decent neighborhoods, writes author Sewell. And in order to achieve this, all ideoligical freight is to be jettisoned and deliver nothing but the straight go...
Housing Co-operatives: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Continuing housing co-operatives emerged during the 1960s as an innovative way to meeting housing needs and foster community development.
Housing guide: Advice on taking action to house yourself cheaply and know your rights
Article
2004
Advice on taking action to house yourself cheaply and know your rights, in a time when buying a property is beyond many people, council housing is being sold off, rents are rising and hundreds of thou...
The Housing Mess: Against The Current vol. 135
Prins, Nomi
Article
2008
Despite recent CNBC and MSNBC media hosts suggesting we may be at the ‘bottom’ of the housing market crisis, and Market Watch June 3rd commentary headlines like “Housing market may turn more quickly t...
The Housing Question
Engels, Friedrich
Article
1872
Only by the solution of the social question, that is, by the abolition of the capitalist mode of production, is the solution of the housing question made possible.
Housing Rehabilitation Guides
Article
1975
A series of four booklets dealing with housing in Edmonton.
How People Get Power: Organizing Oppressed Communities for Action
Kahn, Si
Book
1970
A book about community organizing, written for organizers.
How We Changed Toronto: The inside story of twelve creative, tumultuous years in civic life, 1969-1980
Sewell, John
Book
2015
By the mid-1960s Toronto was well on its way to becoming Canada's largest and most powerful city. One real estate firm aptly labelled it Boomtown. Expressways, subways, shopping centres, high-rise apa...
Human Ecology: Issues in the North
Riewe, R ; Oakes, J
Book
1992
Independent Co-operative Enterprizes
Article
1975
Report on an economic strategy to help marginalised men and women.
Learning from Vienna
Wetzel, Tom
Article
The city housing program was the work of the Vienna social-democratic movement, based on the city's unions. At the end of World War I, Vienna had lost direct access to its markets in the former Austro...
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
Book
1996
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 23: Marx and Engels 1871 - 1874
Marx, Karl; Engels, Friedrich
Book
Articles on the International, Bakunin, and the Housing Question.
Monopoly Capital: An essay on American economic and social order
Baran, Paul A.; Sweezy, Paul M.
Book
1966
An analysis of American capitalism.
New Challenges to Tenant Organizing in New York City: Against The Current vol. 125
Tribich, Chloe
Article
2006
On June 16, 2006, 305 West 150th Street, a rundown 84-unit apartment building in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, sold for $6.95 million. The City of New York has documented 274 housing maintenan...
A New City Agenda
Sewell, John
Book
2004
While Canadians have quickly recognized the importance of healthy cities in their own lives and communities, governments have lagged far behind. In A New City Agenda, journalist and former mayor, John...
Pamplona's locksmiths join revolt as banks throw families from their homes
Muñoz, Monica; Tremlett, Giles
Article
2013
In the years of the housing boom, Spain's banks offered 100% mortgages. Now, while receiving millions in public aid, they are throwing people out of their homes. But there's a rebellion under way.
Poor fetishes, poor critiques: gentrification as violence
Dawson, Gloria
Article
2016
Hating on hipsters is not the answer to gentrification. If we want to reclaim our cities, we should organize for genuinely affordable housing in common, argues Gloria Dawson.
Poor Housing: A Silent Crisis
Brandon, Josh; Silver, Jim
Book
2015
Across Canada, there is a severe shortage of decent quality housing that is affordable to those with low incomes, and much of the housing that is available is inadequate, even appalling. The poor cond...
Racial Liberalism: The Case of Interwar Detroit
Miller, Karen R.
Article
2016
The paradox at the heart of contemporary racial politics is what sociologists and political scientists call "colorblind racism:" How is it that the United States is a country where racism is supposed ...
Racist housing? How postwar suburban development led to today's inner-city lead poisoning
Fredrickson, Leif
Article
2016
The lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan is just the tip of a vast iceberg of lead contamination afflicting mainly urban black communities. A rigid 'race bar' on postwar suburban housing and mortg...
The Real World of City Politics
Lorimer, James
Book
1970
A report about what is going on -- and what is going wrong -- in Canada's cities. Urban reneewal, public housing, downtown schools, citizen participation, highrise development, city politicians.
Resistance After Foreclosure: Against The Current vol. 158
Burt, Dave
Article
2012
In 1973, in the class- and race-polarized city of Boston, City Life began as a socialist collective fighting against evictions and gentrification in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Over the years, it ...
The Road to Wigan Pier
Orwell, George
Book
1937
George Orwell's investigation of an English working class community in the 1930s.
A Self-management Approach to Housing
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2002
Community land trusts (CLTs) have been formed in a number of communities in the USA in response to either disinvestment or gentrification. The CLT acquires land to take it permanently off the market a...
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives
Raphael, Dennis (ed.)
Book
2004
The social determinants of health are summarized and analyzed by over 30 medical and social academics.
Spokes on the Anti-Austerity Wheel: Building Movements That Can Move Beyond Reform
Article
2014
When it comes to fighting the crisis of austerity cuts and financial recession, we need to focus on how to build fighting communities rather than simply reacting to the attacks.
Squatter Town: The South's urban explosion: New Internationalist January/February 2006
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2006
A look at squatter communities and the social injustices they face.
Squatting: Connexipedia Article
Article
The act of occupying an abandoned or unoccupied space or building, usually residential.
Steal This Book
Hoffman, Abbie
Book
1971
A guide to fighting government and corporations. The book is divided into three sections, "Survive!", "Fight!" and "Liberate!"
Strategy of Development for the Canadian Housing Co-operative Movement
Article
1977
An analysis of trends and outcomes of four strategies employed in developing co-operative housing.
The Sub-Prime Market Crisis: Against The Current vol. 131
Prins, Nomi
Article
2007
It wasn't until I flew to the United Kingdom on Saturday, September 15th, that the globalized nature of the sub-prime contagion really hit home, as it were, for me. On my flight over, I grabbed a copy...
The Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream
Duany, Andres; Plater-Zyberk; Elizabeth, Speck, Jeff
Book
2000
The choice is ours: either a society of homogeneous pieces, isolated from one another in often fortified enclaves, or a society of diverse and memorable neighbourhoods, organized into mutually support...
Take Back the Land
Rameau, Max
Article
2009
It is immoral for human beings to be forced to live on the streets while perfectly good structures stand vacant, sometimes just blocks away.
Taking Back Homes From The Banks: Exercising The Human Right To Housing
Quigley, Bill
Article
2010
Most people recognize that international human rights guarantee all humans a right to housing. With the millions of homeless living in our communities and the millions of empty foreclosed houses all ...
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Palmer, Bryan D.; Heroux, Gaetan
Book
2016
Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food an...
The Trouble With Co-ops
Dineen, Janice
Book
1974
The story of a pioneer co-operative housing project in downtown Toronto: Down Area Co-operative Homes, inc. (DACHI).
Urban core support network annual conference 1982:: The disappearance of affordable housing for people on the margins
Article
1982
The 1982 Conference of the Urban Core Support Network, held in Toronto in October, focused on the disappearance of affordable housing.
The Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements: With introductory comment by Bernard M. Daly
Article
1976
Final text of the declaration, with comments on the parts the Canadian delegation opposed.
Which Way Out for Detroit?
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2013
Feeley discusses the prevention of further home foreclosures in Detroit through a consideration of two of the most urgent issues: unemployment and evictions. These indicators reflect the poverty of th...
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Canadian Cohousing Network
Resource for the cohousing movement which seeks to create and maintain neighbourhoods which emphasize a supportive, inter-generational community, common facilities and participation by all members usi...
Centre for Equality Rights in Accomodation
CERA was established to protect the housing related human rights of people operating under low income constraints. The group attempts to address the systemic barriers low income families and individu...
Citizens for Public Justice
CPJ is a national organization promoting justice in Canadian public affairs, responding politically to God's call for love toward our neighbour and responsibility for our environment. We use research,...
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Connexions provides information and services for advocacy groups, voluntary and non-profit organizations, and individuals, who are working for social and economic justice, environmental responsibility...
Corporate Watch
Corporate Watch is a not-for-profit co-operative providing critical information on the social and environmental impacts of corporations and capitalism. Since 1996 our research, journalism, analysis an...
ICAHD-USA
ICAHD-USA is committed to advancing a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on coexistence and respect for the human rights of both peoples. We believe that the needs for self-determinati...
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
KAIROS brings together churches and religious organziations to respond to issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join faith with action for social transformation.
Raising the Roof
Raising the Roof is Canada's only national charity dedicated to long-term solutions to homelessness. We work nationally, regionally and locally to bring about lasting solutions to homelessness. What ...
Seven News
A community newspaper based in the 'Ward 7' area of Toronto: east of downtown, from Sherbourne Street to Logan Avenue, including Don Vale, Cabbagetown, Regent Park, Riverdale, St. Jamestown. Seven New...
Society for Socialist Studies
The society's purpose to facilitate and encourage research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist, ecological, and anti-racist points of view.
Union Art Service
The Union Art Service is a co-operative of Canadian political cartoonists. The trade union and progressive publications across Canada that subscribe to the U. A. S. are sent a monthly package of carto...
Union of Ontario Indians
We serve the Anishinabek Nation as a political advocate and secretariat organization serving 43 First Nation communities. From the north shore of Lake Superior, around Lake Nipigon, Lake Huron, throug...
Tom Wetzel's home page
Wetzel's writing spans a range of topics... from libertarian socialism, anarcho-syndicalism and workers' self-management to unionism, social housing, environmental justice, philosophy, and Los Angeles...
Woodgreen Community Centre
Committed to a comprehensive community approach to enhance the quality of life and self-determination for all people of East Toronto.
YWCA of Toronto
The YWCA of Metro Toronto is a voluntary association of women from all communities, working together to create better lives for women at home and abroad. For 120 years the YWCA's services and programs...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Emmanuel International Canada
Emmanuel International Canada is one of seven affiliates of Emmanuel Relief and Rehabilitation International. An International NGO providing Emergency relief in time of disasters and ongoing projects in developing countries
United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the UN system made up of 47 States responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe. The Council was created by the UN Genera...
World Bank
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. We are not a bank in the common sense. We are made up of two unique development institutions owned by 185 member coun...

Sources Library

The City in History
Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects
Mumford, Lewis
1961
Beginning with an interpretation of the origin and nature of the city, Mumford follows the city's development from Egypt and Mesopotamia through Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages to the modern world.
The Dependent Generation
Half Young European Adults Live with their Parents
Malik, Shiv
2014
Almost half of Europe's young adults are living with their parents, new data suggests – a record level of dependency that has sobering social and demographic implications for the continent.
Social determinants of health
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Social determinants of health are the economic and social conditions under which people live which determine their health.
Squatters are not home stealers
Rose, Steve
2012
The criminalising of squatters in Britain is part of a Europe-wide backlash. But with at least 10% of the world population squatting, can they really be a menace to society?
Urban & Housing Topic Index in Sources Directory of Experts
Spokespersons, Experts, and Resources
A subject guide to experts and spokespersons on topics related to urban issues and housing in the Sources directory for the media.

From the Connexions Archives

Canadian Cohousing Network
Website
Resource for the cohousing movement which seeks to create and maintain neighbourhoods which emphasize a supportive, inter-generational community, common facilities and participation by all members usi...
City of Toronto Non-Profit Housing Corporation (CityHome)
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
Directory of Housing Co-operatives and Resource Groups
Periodical profile published 1982
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
...
Downtown Crisis Housing Foundation
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
Downtown Crisis Housing Foundation
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
Edmonton Inner City Housing Society
Organization profile published 1984
Organization
1984
Housing for People Coalition
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
Non Profit Co-operative Housing Federation of Nova Scotia
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
Social Housing Association of Cape Breton
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
This is Our Place
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Alternative resources for low income families.
Windsor Coalition For Development
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982
Winnipeg Housing Concerns Group Inc
Organization profile published 1982
Organization
1982