Phys .org: Updated legal maps show marginal change in U.S. state fair housing laws

Phys .org: Updated legal maps show marginal change in U.S. state fair housing laws. “Two updated datasets published to LawAtlas.org today show minimal change in state fair housing laws and city nuisance property ordinances since 2017, in spite of the continued housing crisis in the United States.”

The Leader: Findabed helps Australia’s bushfire evacuees get refuge

The Leader: Findabed helps Australia’s bushfire evacuees get refuge. “Set up just five days ago, Find A Bed is a service aimed at helping those displaced by the bushfire crisis and already scores have been relocated and the service is receiving new offers of assistance every minute. Erin Riley, from Razorback, NSW, set up the service on New Years Eve when she tweeted out that she had paddocks available for anyone in need of relocating their animals. She was overwhelmed by the number of people who also wanted to volunteer their homes and land.”

New York Times: Hype House and the Los Angeles TikTok Mansion Gold Rush

New York Times: Hype House and the Los Angeles TikTok Mansion Gold Rush. “So-called collab houses, also known as content houses, are an established tradition in the influencer world. Over the last five years they have formed a network of hubs across Los Angeles.”

D.C. Policy Center: New database of D.C. Planned Unit Developments (PUDs)

D.C. Policy Center: New database of D.C. Planned Unit Developments (PUDs). “D.C.’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) process allows developers to gain additional height and density for a project (beyond what they could build matter of right) in exchange for delivering additional public benefits back to the community…. The data covers the 82 PUDs negotiated from 2010 through 2018. For each PUD, the database includes basic information such as the name, case number, and a link to the original PUD, along with information about housing units, share of units that are affordable (and at what levels), parking information, and the recorded costs of the community benefit agreement line items.”

TechCrunch: Facebook expands its efforts against ad discrimination

TechCrunch: Facebook expands its efforts against ad discrimination. “First, it’s expanding the enforcement of these rules beyond Facebook Ad Manager to encompass every other place where someone might buy ads on Facebook: the Ads Manager app, Instagram Promote, the ad creation tools on Facebook Pages and the Facebook Marketing API (which connects with third-party ad-buying tools). Second, it’s expanding its searchable ad library — first created in response to concerns about political misinformation — to include housing ads targeted at an U.S. audience.”

Cavalier Daily: Mapping Cville Project launches crowdsourcing phase to create map of housing discrimination origins

Cavalier Daily: Mapping Cville Project launches crowdsourcing phase to create map of housing discrimination origins . “The project aims to develop an interactive digital map of past and present inequities in Charlottesville, and its first layer will show housing discrimination origins by plotting every deed in the City that contains a racially restrictive covenant — clauses within property deeds that restricted the sale of properties to only white residents and often explicitly prohibited sales to African-Americans.”

Los Angeles Times: Thousands of L.A. apartments aren’t ready for the next earthquake. Is yours?

Los Angeles Times: Thousands of L.A. apartments aren’t ready for the next earthquake. Is yours?. “In 2016, Los Angeles launched a program to find and fix ‘soft-story’ apartment buildings — those perched above parking spaces with little support and at risk of collapse in a major earthquake. The city identified about 11,400 apartment buildings in need of retrofitting. So far, only a quarter have done the work. ”