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Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Time of Reflection

In Housing Studies, what we do, believe it or not, goes beyond simply houses. One thing I love about it is that we consider communities. How are healthy communities formed? What makes a neighborhood bad? Does the physical environment of a neighborhood have a greater influence on the lives of residents than issues of politics, economics, and culture? How can we take what we have learned about communities and use it to actually benefit the lives of people?

Much of what we do is discerning reality. Some people say cities are unsafe places to live, while others say suburbs only produce feelings and actions of isolation. But what attributes would produce either of these results? The population of homeless single males is decreasing, while the population of homeless families increases. What causes such a reality? And if we find the cause of such outcomes, will it allow us to provide better housing for more people? I sure hope so.

Stay cheerful :)
Karly, Housing Studies B.S.