Limited-equity Cooperatives in Washington, D.C: History and Struggle
My book Carving out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C., out now from the University of Minnesota Press, examines limited-equity housing cooperatives in Washington, D.C. I am interested in how co-op members collectively self-manage these non-commodified housing spaces, particularly given the pressures of a hot real estate market. I think of these co-ops as a manifestation of the urban commons, and theorize the work required by commons more broadly. Pictured at right is the grand opening of a co-op in the Shaw neighborhood, 1992. Read my 2014 paper in Washington History, "Creating a Commons in the Capital: The Emergence of Limited-Equity Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C."