June 25, 2014

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

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

A Drone the Whole Neighborhood Can Control 

(RECAP: Could drones become social? Fatdoor, a social network for neighborhoods, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce Skyteboard, a quadcopter that can be controlled by local residents.)

If Affordable Housing Were Stylish Would We Build More of It?

(RECAP: The fact that many developers of affordable housing are actually doing a great job of making their new construction attractive and blend in with their neighborhoods seems to have passed this author by. Perhaps in fact because they have been successful.)

Census Bureau Requests Your Feedback on the American Community Survey

(RECAP: The U.S. Census Bureau just launched a new feedback form for American Community Survey (ACS) data users. They want to know which data you use most frequently, how you use it and if the ACS is your only source. Feedback will be collected through mid-July.)

Sprawl Is Ruining Memorial Design

(RECAP: How should we pay respect to our past? As communities grapple with tragedies, from school shootings to terrorist attacks, it's time to re-open the debate. Decide for yourself by taking a look at these examples.)

People-Oriented Cities: Three Keys to Quality Public Transport

(RECAP: Transport is inherently linked to urban development. The role of urban design is to make public transport not just viable, but effective in its implementation.)

2014 Neighborhood Revitalization Conference: Research and the Well-Being of Families in Tough Neighborhoods

(RECAP: The 2014 Neighborhood Revitalization Conference is July 24-25 in Washington, DC. With sessions designed to address some of the most complex challenges in place-based revitalization, the conference is a unique opportunity to network and explore together how to tackle the most pressing concerns in our communities.)

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