October 23, 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.

Recognizing Lively Urban Spaces as the Heart of Resilient Communities

(RECAP: Based on lessons from recent disasters in Chicago and New York, where lively urban spaces helped communities to survive and recover, Michael Kimmelman suggests that neighborhood libraries could be designed with such a purpose in mind.)

The Past, Present, and Future of Community Development

(RECAP: The field of community development has grown immeasurably since the dark days of top-down policies such as urban renewal. Today it stands on the threshold of new synergies, but it also faces challenges as never before.)

5 Questions for NeighborWorks' Eileen Fitzgerald

(RECAP: This housing and community development organization, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, continues to be a leading trainer of affordable housing and community development professionals. CEO Eileen Fitzgerald talks about the housing market and issues to watch.)

Could Kit Homes Make a Comeback?

(RECAP: It's interesting to look at housing trends from the past for ideas on how to deal with the housing problems of the present. Very popular from around 1908 until World War II, "kit homes" saved many buyers some 30 percent of the cost of a conventional stick-built home.)

The Power of 10

(RECAP: At the core of the Power of 10 is the idea that any great place needs to offer at least 10 things to do or 10 reasons to be there. Ideally, some of these activities are unique to that particular spot and are interesting enough to keep people coming back.)

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