Karen L. Black is the CEO of May 8 Consulting, Inc. a firm that performs policy research, analysis, facilitation and coalition building to form creative solutions to seemingly intractable problems facing communities. She has also taught in the Urban Studies Department of the University of Pennsylvania since 2002. Prior to beginning her consulting practice, Black was the founding director of the Metropolitan Philadelphia Policy Center, a region-wide policy center founded to research issues impacting the economy, environment, and equity within the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Before that, Black spent 12 years as a practicing civil rights attorney. Black is the author of numerous reports and professional articles and a frequent commentator for television and radio programs. She received a Bachelor’s from Williams College and a Doctorate of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles.
ARTICLES IN SHELTERFORCE since jan 08
- Think Scattered Site Rehab Is Too Expensive? Think Again.
Vacant properties are so persistent in part because it’s too expensive to do anything with them. At least that’s the assumption. It’s much simpler, goes this reasoning, and more cost-effective, to construct and manage a new multifamily building than to try to rehab and manage single-family homes spread over a wide area. But what if that’s just not true?
- Philadelphia Achieves Land Bank Through Compromise