October 30, 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.

Suburban transformation: The Fifth Wave

(RECAP: The U.S. will add a hundred million people in coming decades. As part of a new migration—The Fifth Wave—some will move to cities, but many or most will relocate in suburbs, transforming them and making them more urban.)

Why the “sit-able city” is the next big idea 

(RECAP: The sit-able realm is a place of human universals, broader than the walking that transports us there or passes through. And the sit-able is about far more than street furniture and sidewalk dining, pop-up urbanism and Parking Day.)

Community Development: Let Your Mission Do the Talking

(RECAP: The way “non-profit” deals usually operate, the financiers get the “profit,” the community gets the “non.” It would be much more accurate to describe the work of community developers as “mission-driven,” rather than “non-profit.”)

A Guide to Affordable Dental Care

(RECAP: A new Web site, Toothwisdom.org—and its state-by-state map—aims to make it easier for aging adults and their caregivers to find low-cost dental care nationwide by raising awareness of the patchwork quilt of available services.)

24-Hour Cities: Why Cities Need Nighttime Economies

(RECAP: Montgomery County, Md., is exploring ways to increase nighttime activities and create 24-hour communities with options that could include all-night schools, libraries, bookstores, movie theaters, playhouses and museums. Cities should pay attention.)

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