609 Main’s First Energy Tenant; Mapping Houston Eviction Judgments

Photo of the KPRC demo: Russell Hancock via Swamplot Flickr Pool


2 Comment

  • I’m glad to see Matthew Desmond is taking the research he started in Milwaukee, national. I think what really gets lost in a lot of housing advocacy, is the boots-on-the-ground study of how housing policies and practices affect individuals’ lives – and that’s exactly what Desmond focuses on.
    His book, “Evicted” – Poverty and Profit in the American City” is well worth a read.

  • the line running right though the middle of the city is amazing. One side is the least evictions, and you cross a single line (288?) and you have the highest.
    As a property owner with properties right near the ‘border’ on both sides, I can say this is accurate. Finding tenants that you don’t have to kick out after a few months on the bad side of the tracks is hard. Yet on the other side, it’s no problem.
    What’s also interesting is we can charge $550 for a 1 bedroom and have it hard to rent, but 1/2 mile away on the other side, we can have a $850 studio that rents all day long no problem. Again, not talking about two properties across town from each other. But rather less than a mile apart.