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March 20, 2015
How Activists in 3 Cities Are Fighting Evictions

An unprecedented 62,000 homes are scheduled for a mass foreclosure by Wayne County on March 31. These properties represent $326.4 million in taxes, interest and fees to Detroit. But with families and individuals living in an estimated 37,000 of these houses — 18,000 occupied by owners and the rest by squatters — residents, housing advocates and community organizers are concerned that this action could lead to widespread homelessness, mass migration out of the city, intensified blight, and intensifying land speculation. The mapping and crowdsourcing company Loveland Technologies, profiled by Next City, estimates that this will affect up to 100,000 Detroiters.

The extreme demographic, economic and cultural shifts in San Francisco’s Mission District makes it one of the most hotly contested neighborhoods in the country. A local advocacy group, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, has just released a new geographic representation of development and evictions. In the map below, red circles represents proposed developments, pink circles represent past developments, and blue circles represent “no-fault” evictions (meaning, a lease was terminated through no fault of the tenant, but because the landlord wished not to renew). The larger the circle in the graphic, the more units that have been or will be affected.

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