In the News
Our 2013-2014 Jesuit Volunteer Olivia McCracken explains why she wanted to start a Lego Club at the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center at Ethel R. Lawrence Homes in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
Published in Inside JVCNews, reflections, and insights from the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on February 14th, 2014 | View PDF
The Innovations Fund aims to advance creative programs that bring housing and services together to allow people to age safely and affordably in the places they call home. Through the generosity of LeadingAge members and a matching grant from the NewCourtland Foundation, seven organizations have been awarded grants of up to $25,000 each for 2014. The wellness program at Northgate II is highlighted as one of the grant recipients.
Published in Leading Age Magazine on January 31st, 2014 | View PDF
New Jersey’s Mount Laurel Doctrine, originating in local exclusionary zoning, has again reach the state’s Supreme Court. PEL Reporter Stuart Meck shares the long and complicated history of the doctrine, its implementation through the Council on Affordable Housing, the council’s controversial changes to local affordable housing requirements, the state’s attempt to appropriate local housing trust funds, and Governor Christie’s attempts to dissolve the council.
Published in American Planning Association’s Planning and Environmental Law on January 1st, 2014 | View PDF
As the issue of affordable housing has become increasingly contentious in New Jersey, Princeton University has published an especially timely book, Climbing Mount Laurel, which refutes the widespread belief that the expansion of affordable housing adversely affects communities where it happens, by increasing crime and other social costs while dragging down nearby property rates.
Published in Star-Ledger on December 20th, 2013 | View PDF
In the decades-long battle to force more suburban New Jersey towns to make room for low-income residents, several recent developments are giving affordable housing advocates reason to smile.Since July, housing advocates have won three major battles in the state: a legal settlement in Mt. Holly, the elimination of loopholes for suburban communities dragging their feet on building cheaper housing, and the publication of a Princeton University study that suggests that a suburbanite’s worst fears of having low-income neighbors were overblown.
Published in NewsWorks (WHYY) on December 5th, 2013 | View PDF
Douglas Massey first learned about the fight over a proposed affordable-housing development in Mount Laurel, N.J., when he was a graduate student at Princeton University in the mid-1970s.
Mount Laurel, a small town about 40 miles south of the Princeton campus, was in the midst of being transformed into a wealthy suburb of Philadelphia. Poor residents saw the proposed affordable-housing development as a way to ensure they could continue to live there as housing prices rose. Opponents feared the development would hurt property values, increase crime and lead to higher taxes. The dispute led to landmark New Jersey Supreme Court decisions in 1975 and 1983 that cleared the way for what would become the Ethel Lawrence Homes. By the time Massey returned to New Jersey to join the University’s faculty in 2003, the fight in Mount Laurel was over, but there were still no clear answers to the questions about the development’s impact on its residents and the surrounding community. Massey decided to embark on a study to answer those questions, the results of which have been published in the book, Climbing Mount Laurel.
Published in “News at Princeton,” on Princeton University website on November 7th, 2013 | View PDF
Princeton University Professor Douglas Massey’s interview with B. Rose Huber describes what motivated Dr. Massey to conduct the research in the book Climbing Mount Laurel.
Published in Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs “News,” on Princeton University website on October 31st, 2013 | View PDF
David Kirp’s op-ed talks about new research published in a book called Climbing Mount Laurel (Princeton University Press), which describes the benefits of the Mount Laurel Doctrine and offers praise for FSHD’s flagship development Ethel R. Lawrence Homes.
Published in New York Times on October 19th, 2013 | View PDF
Climbing Mount Laurel is a scrupulously documented sociological study of the effects of adding a 140-apartment subsidized-housing complex to a suburban township of about 45,000 people.
Published in Magazine of the American Planning Association on October 1st, 2013 | View PDF
The fight against racism, suburban-style, blossoms in “Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb” (Princeton University Press, 2013). For years, locals protested hard that home values would fall and crime rates would rise. Douglas S. Massey and four other authors, most with Princeton ties, meticulously document how this wasn’t the case at all. The even bigger takeaway: those who moved into the Ethel Lawrence Homes—named for a Mount Laurel citizen known as “The Rosa Parks of affordable housing”—have gained so many advantages in health, education and stability, you want to weep for untold others, knowing what happens when an American Dream is deferred
Published in Boston Globe on September 28th, 2013 | View PDF
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