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The wild wild West of vehicle ranching

Is this nothing more than AirBnB for the unsheltered? How community preference policy might allow longtime residents to stay in their homes. Luscious versus hearty: how much does marketing shape your gender ideas? And would it keep you from recycling? Lastly: signing away sovereignty to the medical establishment, and what that costs.

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Vehicle ranching

In a tight housing market full of basement “apartments” with a makeshift hotplate kitchen, it may seem like anyone can be a landlord. That’s true in the case of vehicle ranchers, who rent out RVs and cars to people who are homeless. Seattle Times reporter Vianna Davila has been reporting on the phenomenon.

Community preference housing policy

Community preference policy in development parlance is a system that could help historical residents of a neighborhood to hang on through gentrification. But is it smart? Does it work? And is it legal? Natalie Bicknell has reported on CPP for The Urbanist; Emily Alvarado is Acting Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Housing, and is developing guidelines for the city to give it a try.

Why do gender roles have anything to do with recycling

Is there anything particularly feminine about a Prius, a recycling bin, or a disposable bag? New research suggests that men may be less likely to recycle if they perceive eco-friendly behaviors as a challenge to their masculinity. Janet Swim is a professor of psychology at Penn State, and Matthew Isaac is a professor of business and economics at Seattle University.

Laura Da', Shapes of Native Nonfiction

What happens when pain eclipses language? Eastern Shawnee poet Laura Da’ explored what that question meant in her experience as a longterm medical patient – and for her community in the form of treaties with the United States government. Her essay about it is called “Pain Scale Treaties.”