May 10, 2013





Beyond Bricks & Sticks. A weekly digest of current trends in housing and community development. The discussion examines topics from infrastructure to community fabric.

Housing with Services

AARP: Seniors Need Better Internet Access to Support Aging in Place

(RECAP: Seniors need to have better access to high-speed Internet to benefit from Web-based technologies that support aging in place such as telehealth and “smart home” systems.)

Neighborhood Transformation

Don't get mixed-up on mixed-use

(RECAP: The most common misunderstanding about mixed-use is that most people think it equates, on any street or in any context, to a shop front with housing above.)

New Habitat for Humanity projects put environment at front and center
(RECAP: Habitat's Shala Carlson shares two projects that expand the concept — and possibilities — of green living in affordable housing.)

The Games of Government

(RECAP: Some local governments have pioneered the use of gaming for citizen engagement. Manor, Texas, for example, has used an online-game approach to let citizens submit ideas for improving city services.)

Strengthening Capacity

Evaluation of Capacity Building: Lessons from the Field

(RECAP: Tools, tips and lessons learned to strengthen capacity building through evaluation and to seed the field for new possibilities.)

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