September 2, 2015

Beyond Bricks and Sticks

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

Alexandria: Opportunities for ‘Creative Placemaking’

(RECAP: The creation of the Torpedo Factory Art Center in 1974 has become a textbook example of urban revitalization, often cited as one of the first experiments in adaptive re-use of an industrial space.)

Top 10 techniques for educating community leaders about placemaking

(RECAP: Extraordinary strides have been made in the advancement of placemaking over the past twenty-five years. What hasn’t changed is that decisions regarding the development of communities are still being made by community leaders who might be experts in politics, but don’t have an adequate understanding of placemaking principles.)

Where Americans go to work when they don’t work near home

(RECAP: A map, based on new five-year American Community Survey data released last week, illustrates commutes for the 38 million Americans who leave the counties where they live when they head to work most days. In D.C., for instance, about 140,000 workers come in each day from Prince George's County.)

Meeting the Housing Needs of an Aging Population

(RECAP: Amid all of the fuss about Millennials, let's remember that our population on the whole is aging. We'll start to see explosive growth in the need for housing that offers affordability, accessibility, support services, and community over the next 10 to 20 years. Once it hits, it'll continue for years. We'll need to start preparing for the coming wave and taking advantage of opportunities it presents.)

Spending On Community Living Hits Record

(RECAP: A new report finds that more than half of Medicaid spending on long-term services and supports went toward home and community-based services during fiscal year 2013. Medicaid pays for more long-term services and supports than any other provider in the nation.)

Opinions on Housing                                                                         

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The False Dichotomy – Housing Choice and Revitalization 

(RECAP: Affordable housing is not just one type of housing – it’s an entire continuum that people can move along over time, from supportive housing up through homeownership. It’s not just about affordable housing but combining that with community and economic development.)

Housing policy hits the small screen: A policy recap of HBO’s ‘Show Me a Hero’

(RECAP: A new HBO miniseries plays out in the 1980s, but the themes hold clear resonance to housing and community development issues of today.) 

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