Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Weekly Geek #5

Here is how to play:

1. Choose a political or social issue that matters to you.

2. Educate readers about your topic by telling us a little about it and any involvement you've had in this issue.

3. Find books addressing your issue; they do not necessarily have to be books you’ve read. They can be non fiction, fiction, poetry, etc...Give a little synopsis of the book or a link to the description.

4. Use images which you feel illustrate your topic.

Prior to my current job I was very involved in creating affordable housing options in the community. Sadly the funding for that job and a lot of initiatives that I worked dried up. I still feel that there should be more affordable housing options in communities. A lot of workers especially those making minmium wage need to commute long distances to their jobs adding more cars on the road. Businesses and local governments should make sure
that those who work in their communities also can live in their communities.

Here are a list of books about affordable housing that I've never read:

The Architecture of Affordable Housing

Making Housing Happen

Developing Affordable Housing

When people cannot afford to live close to where they work they move farther away. This causes congestion and long commutes. It's a simplistic view I know. Hundreds of other factors go into traffic and congestion. But if people could live closer to their work they could reduce the amount of time spent in their cars and reduce their carbon footprint.

1 comment:

  1. I like your choice for this week. I live in the UK and this is one big problem here - commute from the outskirts into the city to work.

    But with space and the Slum effect over the centuries some lessons are never learned.

    I doubt the manufacturing sector progress in general will ever walk hand in hand with Affordable and concious housing solution.



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