Tag Archives: United States

(1127) Aging in it


Three items to help us gather some thoughts around the growth in the number of elderly persons occurring now in North America.  How will the built environment affect the cognition and emotional life of seniors?
The isolation of aging in an auto-oriented place
strongtowns.org
No place to grow old. How Canadian suburbs can become age-friendly
irrp.org (26-page .pdf)
What helps Minnesota seniors age in place?
U researcher has some clues. It’s the little things
like benches and safe crosswalks
startribune.com
Who will buy Baby Boomers’ homes?
citylab.com
Want to stop your brain from getting old?
Live in a walkable neighbourhood
fastcompany.com
image: Tasha Lutek via Flickr/CC

(1109) Worker burnout

News from the United States these days is pretty grim for working people and many a  town there is long in need of greatness.  Something tells us, when we read about what seems like a burned out working class or ex-working class, that a lot more than protectionism, reserve bank gyrations and interest rate fiddlings will be required to restore a general prosperity to America.  Public health seems a bigger part of the story than is generally accepted.  To wit, a couple of recent features:
Maybe the economy isn’t the reason why so many American men aren’t working. Many experts have blamed a poor job market, but new research indicates that an overlooked cause may be poor health
theatlantic.com/business
An intractable problem. For the last half-century, Milwaukee has been caught in a relentless social and economic spiral
http://projects.jsonline.com
Even healthy looking suburbs are dying from drugs. Some communities are sicker than they look, according to our analysis of CDC data and the Robert Wood Johnson foundation’s new county health rankings
citylab.com

(1105) The unconsulted end users of public housing & modernism

Michael Ford’s treatment of modernism is pretty cool: towers in a park through a hip hop lens.  Brainy and fresh, a TEDx talk really worth your time.
The Future of ‘Hip-Hop Architecture’. Michael Ford explains how he’s building a movement to reclaim urban design from the failures of the 1970s
citylab.com
See also:
(975) 1980s social housing [Excerpt from Subdivided]
image: Plan Voisin, 1925 via Wikimedia/CC

(1082) Cost mapping suburbia


The more we look at this Strong Towns feature the more of a knockout it becomes.  The author was part of a municipal financial data project in a US city recently.  Part of the project’s output was a map of local costs and revenues.  Check out the cost of those post-war ‘burbs for this fairly typical North American city, you’ll be amazed.

The real reason your city has no money
strongtowns.org

(1079) Then they came for the suburbs


Then they came for the suburbs.  And I did nothing because I didn’t have a car, or a job, medical coverage, or mortgage insurance.

Hopefully the Trump presidency will be shortened by litigation, impeachment, or the man’s general unfitness.
Meantime, looks like Prince Cheeto isn’t wasting time putting the boots to people.

On his first day in office, Trump raises taxes on middle-class homebuyers
theintercept.com

image: davitydave via Flickr/CC

(1070) A good thing in Milwaukee


After having read the recent non-fiction bestseller Evicted we feared no good news about housing could ever come out of Milwaukee barring a full scale miracle.  Then we read a little about a sensible undertaking in that US city that seeks to answer to the problem of the ‘missing middle’.  Nice.

Transforming a ‘barracks’ into a neighborhood. Connecting housing by using a neighborhood pattern improves the lives of moderate income residents
CNU Public Square

For more about the types of housing it might behoove North Americans to look into a little more assertively:
missingmiddlehousing.com