National urban affairs digital magazine and non-profit organization based in Philadelphia.
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First published in March 2003, the magazine promotes socially, economically and environmentally sustainable practices in urban areas across the country and examines how and why cities are changing. It covers topics such as planning, transportation, urban economies, housing, environmental issues and housing. In 2011, Next City ceased publication of its quarterly print magazine, relaunching in 2012 as a fully digital operation.


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How Legal Aid Lawyers Have Been Preparing for More Evictions

Jared Brey
September 1, 2020

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How COVID-19 Is Changing Cities’ Approach to Homelessness

Jared Brey
April 14, 2020


Why Florida Was (Almost) A Step Ahead In Emergency Tenant Protections

Jared Brey
March 19, 2020

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Philadelphia Sees Election Season Housing Push

Jared Brey
March 19, 2019
A recent report commissioned by a Philadelphia Bar Association task force suggests that if Philadelphia invested $3.5 million a year in legal aid for tenants facing eviction, it could save $45.2 million in costs related to homelessness, court costs, and neighborhood and family instability.

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Housing In Brief: Will Philly Be the Second Big City to Pass Right-to-Counsel?
May 17, 2019
Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym has introduced a bill that would guarantee representation in housing court for households under 200 percent of the federal poverty line, PlanPhilly reports.

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Is Tenants’ Right to Counsel On Its Way to Becoming Standard Practice?

Jared Brey
December 10, 2019
Eviction is a deeply disruptive and destructive event in a tenant’s life that, in the words of Matt Desmond, director of Princeton University's Eviction Lab, “is not just a condition of poverty, it is a cause of it.” Research shows that most of the time in housing court landlords have lawyers but tenants do not. The good news is that there is a growing national movement to provide all renters facing eviction the legal help they need to ensure a fair outcome in eviction proceedings. So far, five cities have passed such bills, and more are considering it.

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Syracuse Is Finding Ways to Prevent Evictions

Jared Brey
April 18, 2019
Syracuse has begun experimenting with an eviction-prevention program that aims to stop tenants from having to go to court in the first place.

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Tenants’ Right to Counsel on the Move, Next Stop Newark

Jared Brey
January 10, 2019
As part of that effort, the New Jersey city is emulating a policy that’s been pioneered in New York.

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What Philadephia Could Gain from Expanding Legal Aid for Tenants

Jared Brey
November 14, 2018
Since the beginning of 2018, the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project has assisted close to 800 tenants who were facing eviction in the city.

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The Government Fee That Can Cost Poor Philadelphians Their Inheritance

Ryan Briggs
September 25, 2018
Many places in America, being willed a property isn’t enough. Philadelphia assesses something called a probate fee — $580 — the Henrys would learn they needed to pay City Hall just to process their inheritance.

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Baltimore May Join Cities Supporting Low-Income Tenants in Eviction Cases

Jared Brey
July 21, 2017
The fund, which would need to be approved by voters as well as city council, is intended to give tenants a better chance of prevailing in eviction proceedings.

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Pricey Traffic Tickets Might Be Costing California $140 Million in Revenue

Kelsey E. Thomas
May 5, 2017
California uses its steep fines as a revenue source.


Can Other U.S. Cities Follow in NYC’s Footsteps to Help Renters?

Alexis Stephens
February 21, 2017
Other cities, including Philadelphia and Boston, are taking cues from New York’s playbook.

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Low-Income Tenants in D.C. May Get Free Legal Help

Oscar Perry Abello
October 18, 2016
In Washington, D.C., the District Council is now considering legislation to provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants in certain housing cases.

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More New Yorkers Facing Eviction Are Getting Lawyers

Oscar Perry Abello
September 13, 2016
According to the first annual impact report from NYC’s brand-new Office of Civil Justice (OCJ), 27 percent of tenants facing an eviction case in court were represented by a lawyer in the past year, compared to only 1 percent in 2013.

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Baltimore Can’t Rely on “Judge Judy” to Protect Renters

Rachel M. Cohen
December 9, 2015
While it’s been all too easy for Baltimore officials to chalk this grim reality up to the wretched effects of poverty, a new report tells a more complete story.


Welcome to the Courtroom That Is Every Renter’s Nightmare

Rachel M. Cohen
September 14, 2015
Originally created to provide a nationwide model of justice, Baltimore’s housing court today serves as little more than a state-run rent collection agency, financed by taxpayers and the beleaguered renters themselves who pay court fees for each judgment ruled against them.

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