September 11, 2013

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

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

Intergenerational Ingenuity: Mixing Age Groups in Affordable Housing

(RECAP: A nonprofit organization has built an urban solution that addresses the problem of age segregation for seniors while brightening the prospects of families who adopt children out of the foster care system.)

How to Sell Developers and Employers on Transit-Oriented Development

(RECAP: Multifamily residential developers, redevelopment specialists and large corporate office tenants already show strong interest in transit-accessible sites. But they often get thwarted by high land costs and needlessly complex regulations.)

Live Out Your Urban Planning God Complex With a New App Called Streetmix

(RECAP: This app’s value lies in making it easy to visualize proposed changes to a street. Not only is it helpful for planners, residents can use Streetmix to show planning officials just what, exactly, they want their streets to look — or why they are coming out against a planning project.)

Non-Profits on Facebook

(RECAP: Facebook is directly catering to non-profits with a resource page,, specifically to help them use the site. It includes the latest examples of how many organizations are using Facebook today.)

How Fruit Trees Are Growing Communities

(RECAP: A global grass roots movement has identified a very effective ingredient for building community: Fruit. What do the untapped fruit trees of the world have to do with community? Everything.)

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