By Laura Ramos, Community Engagement Associate

In this week’s CVCF Weekly Roundup you’ll read articles and blog posts about how a city lost its only newspaper, what economists really think about rent control, and how one European country influenced a US city to think bigger about plant waste.

 By sharing the following articles, CVCF is not endorsing the opinions expressed. Rather, we are introducing this series to spark conversation and inspire new ideas. Thank you for stopping by! 

Honolulu Planners Visualize Housing Patterns with an Eye on Affordability                                                                                                                                    Using GIS technology, Honolulu analyzes resident housing and short-term rentals and finds a scarcity in affordable housing opportunities. Article by Brooks Patrick, ESRI

Closest thing to a cure for economic insecurity in California                                                                                                                                                               How can we solve economic insecurity in California? Find what California students, workers, employers and entrepreneurs are partnering together to address this issue for the future of our state. By: Ed Coghlan, CA FWD:

Do Rent Controls Work?                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Published nearly four years ago this article shares the pros and cons to rent control and why economists disagree it’s not necessarily in the best interest of the public market. Article by E.H., The Economist Explains

Detroit Shows How Placemaking Can Undo Neighborhood Segregation                                                                                                                                       Once a physical symbol to separate black and white homeowners, now residents are using it to reflect positive transformation of their neighborhood. Article by: Kimberly Burrowes, Urban Institute

The Impact of Expanding Public Preschool on Child Poverty in California                                                                                                                                       This report identifies the correlation between child poverty in children ages 3 to 4 years old and the impacts public preschool can have. Report by Caroline Danielson and Tess Thorman with research support from Daniel Tan, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Using Human-Centered Design to Advance Civic Engagement in Nonprofits                                                                                                                                  How nonprofits can drive civic engagement and human centered design and integrate civic engagement as a core practice. Article by: Fiona Kanagasingam, Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Power of Equity                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Is it uncomfortable to talk about race? yes. Is it detrimental if you don’t? yes. Encourage yourself to read the ideas presented in this article with an open mind. Article by Jeff Raikes, Forbes

Got Surface Water? Groundwater-only Lands in the San Joaquin Valley                                                                                                                                          How those with access to surface water and those without can work together to decrease the amount of establishing sustainable groundwater management practices. Article by: Jelena Jezdimirovic, Ellen Hanak and Alvar Escriva-Bou, Public Policy Institute of California  

Inspired by Stockholm’s success, a U.S. city goes big on biochar                                                                                                                                                      How is biochar, plant waste, playing a bigger role in Minneapolis and what does it mean for the future of urban agriculture there? Article by: Bloomberg Cities, Medium