How affordable housing activists are trying to thwart cutthroat real estate capitalism

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Oliver Burke, 46, a former Tesla employee, sits in a temporary trailer he is renovating on his property in West Oakland on Sept. 3. Burke purchased the property to sell at below market rates to the East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, which plans to build homes there for low-income residents in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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James Rainey has covered multiple presidential elections, the media and the environment, mostly at the Los Angeles Times, which he first joined in 1984. He was part of Times teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes.