2016 Tax Returns

The Profit Motive and the Home

By Eric Goldfischer

In a recent conversation with a manager of distressed assets for a highly profitable group, I was told (in appropriately condescending tone) that “the only reason we buy buildings is to make money.” As an afterthought, he added something to the effect of, “Of course we want to create a nice place to live, but…” The end of the sentence trailed off into nothingness, leaving no doubt of exactly how little value it held for the owners and managers of the property.… Read more...

2016 Tax Returns

Theory Meeting Practice on the Streets

By Eric Goldfischer

At the Urban Convergences conference this past weekend (sponsored by the Rosa Luxembourg NYC office and hosted by the New School), a group of academics, thinkers, activists, and students got together under the banner of “Where Theory Meets the Street.” The concept was that we would all talk about how theory informs practice, how in turn practice requires theory to deepen its engagement and impact; essentially, we were to discuss how to create praxis–that special meeting place between theory and practice, an often misused and misunderstood idea that, for me, defines the heart of community organizing as I know it.… Read more...