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Losing Ground: The Twin Cities Livable Communities Act and Affordable Housing.

Goetz, Edward G. and Lori Murdock.

The Livable Communities Act was passed in 1995 to encourage more compact development, affordable housing, and redevelopment of the urban core. The act, however, gave no enforcement authority to the Metropolitan Council, charged with carrying it out, nor did it provided for any independent analysis of the plans created under the act. In 1999, CURA worked with MICAH (Metro Interfaith Council on Affordable Housing) to provide an independent analysis of the Livable Communities Action Plans. A coalition of organizations concerned about affordable housing and headed by George Latimer, former mayor of St. Paul, concluded that the new act wasn't rigorous enough and that it probably wouldn't accomplish the goal of creating more affordable housing in the Twin Cities suburbs. The plans being generated concentrated on the higher end of the affordable range and ignored the poorest people. Extensive publicity on their report served to heighten public awareness and understanding of the problems of affordable housing.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
29 (2): 13-17.
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