August 6, 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.

Getting back to Fairfax, VA’s historical roots for the benefit of future generations

(RECAP: Rapid home growth and the suburban expansion of the 1950s and 60s have meant that Fairfax’s 6.3 square miles have largely been built out since the mid 20th century. Today, with an aging population as well as aging infrastructure and housing stock, the city is on the cusp of some major, needed changes.)

Affordable Housing Leads to Smarter Kids

(RECAP: In the world of human services, everything is linked, and one of the main axles around which things connect and spin is stable, affordable housing. If there was any doubt about housing's importance, particularly where it relates to the healthy development of kids, a new study erases it.)

Open Source Redevelopment: An evolutionary path for urban & rural revitalization?

(RECAP: Open Source Redevelopment isn't likely to change the community revitalization power structure; at least, not in the near future. Its major impact will be in opening the redevelopment process to a far more diverse universe of inputs.)

Developers See Opportunity as Old Nursing Homes Become Obsolete

(RECAP: The design elements for post-acute care facilities of the 1960s, such as shared rooms and cafeteria-style dining, have become dinosaurs of the industry. In their stead are upscale, hotel-style models that are redefining post-acute care communities.)

Fair Housing and the Data Paradox

(RECAP: In general, most would agree that improved data accessibility is a good thing; however, increased availability is not without its challenges, particularly for low-income households and their advocates. We need researchers to investigate whether the availability of data has affected patterns of racial and economic segregation.)

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