June 12, 2013

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

Selling the Public on Public Housing

(RECAP: Funded by Housing Authority Insurance, Inc., which provides insurance to public and affordable housing projects, ReThink aims to educate Americans about the benefits of public housing not only for the people who live in it, but for society as a whole.)


Disruptions: Helper Robots Are Steered, Tentatively, to Care for the Aging

(RECAP: The technology is nearly there. But some researchers worry we’re not asking a fundamental question: Should we entrust the care of people in their 70s and older to artificial assistants?)


Mixed-Income Community Dynamics: Five Insights From Ethnography

(RECAP: Mixed-income neighborhoods have become objects of policy and research attention. Ethnographic methods, a form of qualitative research defined by in-depth observations of social settings, offer an important complement to this quantitative research.)


Study Points To Disability Housing Crisis

(RECAP: Housing is out of reach for many with disabilities, with a new report finding that though costs varied by location, rents for even the smallest apartments accounted for at least 60 percent of SSI payments in every state.)

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