Housing Summit Resources

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Learn more about the causes of and responses to the global housing crisis:


Pittsburgh Neighborhood Tour--A guide to the Pittsburgh most impacted neighborhoods visited during our Housing Summit tour.

  • "Transforming the Hill District" Article by George E. Evans, member of City Council, shows how Hill District "Urban Renewal" scheme was a deliberate effort to push African Americans out of Pittsburgh in 1943.

Resources on universities, student debt, and links to the affordable housing crisis
Student Loans and Housing Decisions:

Student rent strikes in the UK:

Various pieces on universities and the urban:

  • Addie, J.P.D., 2016. From the urban university to universities in urban society. Regional Studies, pp.1-11.
  • Harris, M. and Holley, K., 2016. Universities as Anchor Institutions: Economic and Social Potential for Urban Development. In Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research (pp. 393-439). Springer International Publishing.
  • Schafran, A., 2015. The future of the urban academy. City, 19(2-3), pp.303-305.
  • Smith, D. (2005). ‘Studentification: the gentrification factory?' in R. Atkinson and G. Bridge, eds., The New Urban Colonialism: Gentrification in a Global Context. (Routledge, London), 72-89.
  • Smith, DP and Hubbard, P. (2014). 'The segregation of educated youth and dynamic geographies of studentification'. Area 46(1): 92-100.
  • Smith, D. and Holt, L. (2007). 'Studentification and 'apprentice' gentrifiers within Britain's provincial towns and cities: extending the meaning of gentrification'. Environment and Planning A 39(1): 142-161.
  • Sage, J., Smith, D. and Hubbard, P., 2012. The diverse geographies of studentification: Living alongside people not like us. Housing Studies, 27(8), pp.1057-1078.

National Organizations and Campaigns

Pittsburgh activists are working with national groups that are part of the Right to the City Alliance and the Homes for All Campaign.
National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

Reinventing Housing in Pittsburgh: Former Community Development Corporation Director Tom Murphy becomes Mayor (March/April 1996)