Friday, May 15, 2015
Labels: Latin America
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
I've been fascinated by many of the things I've seen while living in San Clemente. I've seen several things that I wanted to snap pictures of, and being a minimalist with the model of my phone, never did. Cutting the procrastination, I've decided to start a new project, and see where I can take it. The project is to take pictures and research this oceanside city I live in. The following is my first entry, capturing the new affordable housing on Serra St.
I found from the city's housing services website that:
Besides the Serra affordable housing, San Clemente has other affordable housing options. The different options vary according to demographics and necessity. There are two senior accommodations, three family, and one single "sober living" house. The waiting list for seniors is longest, 2-3 years, with family accommodations ranging from between 4 months and four years depending on income. The median average home price in San Clemente between roughly $900,000, and $1.5 million, and average rental prices average at around $3,200. This makes affordable housing an important concern for many in the city.
- Affordable Housing Program- This program provides funds for non-profit agencies to acquire and rehabilitate older apartment buildings or construct new apartments for long term affordable housing for very low income households (persons earning less than 50% of median income). Proposals from Non-profit developers are accepted year-round pending available funds and priorities are met.
- Inclusionary Housing Program- This program requires developers building 6 housing units or more to provide 15% of the total number of units for very low income households, on-site, off-site, or pay an in-lieu fee, donation of land or a combination recommended by the Community Development Director. The in-lieu fees are provided as a no interest or low interest loan to non-profit agencies for a minimum of 55 years to acquire or build affordable housing.
This new facility is going to be beautiful!
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
|(photo: Sean R. Watson)|
Gentrification has destabilized and upended many communities across the world, creating conflict with preexisting populations, and raising land values and costs of living. Longtime residents find it difficult to remain in their beloved neighborhoods, and as neighborhoods morph, they are faced with the decision of whether to stay or leave. These residents may harbor resentment towards new residents, and communities many times unravel.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
These visionary images depict tall and interconnected buildings, and whilst current thought in urban planning and strategy favors walking cities, they are mostly mobile cities through ground and air transportation. Some of these vehicles are communal, and others are manned by individuals. No matter the variations, visionaries of the past predicted increased technologies, and complex urban planning.
|Century of Progress Expo, 1933|
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
For thousands of years strategies have been used to achieve defined aims. Whilst Sun Tzu applied strategy to military operations in sixth century BC, Machiavelli detailed political strategies at the heart of the Italian Renaissance. These are probably the most widely recognized strategists in history, but each individual can count themselves strategists also as they apply their resources and influence to achieve their objectives. In his book, Alanbrooke, David Fraser defined strategy for military application. Whilst effective for military use, it also provides opportunity for application elsewhere. Whether strategizing a business move, beating a rival basketball team, or determining balance between work, family, and leisure, the procedure of his definition can add insight to accomplish aims. He writes:
'the art of strategy is to determine the aim, which is or should be political: to derive from that aim a series of military objectives to be achieved: to assess these objectives as to the military requirements they create, and the preconditions which the achievement of each is likely to necessitate: to measure available and potential resources against the requirements and to chart from this process a coherent pattern of priorities and a rational course of action (1982, 215).'
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Google For Education has tweeted several interesting things the past few days. They tweeted a PDF this morning I thought important as I encourage my students to use the internet for educational purposes. After they finish our program, they receive a tablet. These tips provide great guidelines to aid their online habits.