An alarming feature from Bloomberg describes the impact of climate change on public housing in America. Storms and rising sea levels have already put pressure on vulnerable tenants. Questions are arising faster than answers, let alone resources, regarding this matter.
image: Environmental Illness Network via Flickr/CC
Is it just us or does a diagram of the human brain look like a map of a suburban neighbourhood, replete with winding cul-de-sacs? Perhaps, after a full year on the topic at hand, we simply need a vacation? Not speculative, of course, is the general relationship between where a person is and how they feel. Two items from Australia and one from Ireland indicate that depression is not just an economic term.
Depression surge in rich suburbs over cash worries: affluent areas see huge jump in demand for mental health services Independent.ie
Sick suburbs theage.com.au
What price a home? theage.com.au
Towers in a park. For how long has this twentieth century suburban vision been dying? Here, another corpse hits the ground: Glasgow’s Red Road.
Glasgow’s Red Road tower block demolished The Guardian Video
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Some observers suggest that recent urban rioting in England is the subject of massive overplay in the global media. Either way, the discussion of it seems hopelessly polarized. Also noteworthy is the lack of disturbance in Glasgow, a city sadly known for some of the worst social conditions in the European Union. The link below, to a BBC page, may be of interest. Not for a minute do we think that the response to suburban poverty begins and ends with police crackdowns. It seems that if the fun and games on the perimeter are ignored for a long, long time it festers until there is no other immediate option.
Glasgow gangs chose route to peace in face of tough crackdown: Strathclyde community project helps blighted housing estates in city’s east and north claim 50% cut in gang violence