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This week, how tax incentives meant to foster "opportunity" are hastening gentrification, where gentrification is occurring in Houston, why your office might be bad for you and Elon's tunnel!

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Homelessness Rises Slightly Despite Strong Economy, Federal Report Finds. New York Times.

Introduction

Investors Seeking Tax Breaks Skip Poverty-Stricken Areas. Associated Press.

Cadre is a high-profile example of how early investor interest in the program appears focused on the places that need it the least: zones that qualified for the tax breaks despite already drawing substantial investment or are undergoing obvious gentrification.

Executive Summary

The signs of gentrification, while they take on a local logic, are often shared across cities. In the latest report from the Kinder Institute, researchers looked at key demographic and socioeconomic changes at the neighborhood-level over a span of several years across Harris County.

And while the report confirmed the presence of gentrification in many neighborhoods actively confronting it, it also highlighted the neighborhoods that had long since been gentrified or that are under threat of gentrifying in the near future. In particular, the report found that most of the east side of Houston inside the 610 loop was either gentrifying or at risk of gentrifying. The report also found that there were more census tracts outside of the 610 loop that were gentrified than inside the loop. 

Read the full report and look at the phases of gentrification observed across the county.

Source: Kinder Institute.

Conclusion

Is your office killing you? Tonight at 10. Or rather, this week on Fast Company where Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business discussed his new book, Dying for a Paycheck.

“I want this to be the Silent Spring of workplace health,” Pfeffer told Fast Company. “We are harming both company performance and individual well-being, and this needs to be the clarion call for us to stop. There is too much damage being done.”

We all know we shouldn't sit too long and standing desks make you much cooler but Pfeffer takes a deeper look at the dangers of our current work culture. "I see stress, layoffs, longer hours, work-family conflict, enormous amounts of economic insecurity. I see a workplace that has become shockingly inhumane," he continued.

And yoga and nap rooms aren't going to fix this. Unfortunately, because the health-related risks of such a work environment aren't very visible, Pfeffer says he isn't optimistic things will change short of lawsuits.

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