A series of on-site reports from Globe 2012 -- held every two years to explore sustainability from a business perspective.
Affordable Housing: Reports from Globe 2012
N.B. I have changed the location for this project from
Vancouver (where the conference is located) to Chicago (my main base of
operations) because although I will be writing reports on site, I also
plan to use the information gathered from the conference as part of a
larger project on affordable housing, much of which will be executed in
the Chicago area.
I have been personally and professionally involved with affordable housing since attending World Urban Forum 3 in Vancouver in 2006. I have visited Vancouver several times and have established professional contacts there. Your pledges will cover airfare, accommodations, meals, transportation in and around Vancouver and incidental expenses involved with covering the conference, plus time spent performing research on affordable housing in the Vancouver area. Other costs include fees imposed by Amazon Payments and by Kickstarter and of course, costs associated with producing and distributing the rewards you earn with your donations. (Cost breakdown detailed below.)
The images in this brief photo montage represent different aspects and approaches to affordable housing here in the United States and abroad. The bad old days of blocks of nondescript, drab public and affordable housing are rapidly fading away in many areas. In the 21st century, affordable housing may include high rises, however affordable housing also often translates to single-family homes, low-density multiple-family units and courtyard apartment buildings. Especially in small towns and suburban areas, lower-density housing often meets less resistance from residents already living in the area.
In my view, public transportation options are also essential to truly affordable housing.The Center for Neighborhood Technology, located in Chicago, has developed the excellent H+T Affordability Index, that computes the costs of housing in various areas around the country when transportation costs are included. According to the Index, transportation costs range from 15% of average household income in neighborhoods with good public transportation, but increase to more than 28% in areas where public transportation is poor or nonexistent.
Another essential element of affordable housing is the comfort of the residents who live in a given housing unit. After all, if you cannot afford to keep your dwelling warm in the winter and reasonably cool in the summer, how affordable is it? Fortunately, keeping heating and cooling costs affordable can work hand in hand with sustainable development.
Any extra funds raised will be devoted to further research on affordable housing in other metropolitan areas. In the immediate future, I plan to research affordable housing.in and around Chicago, Illinois, as well my hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee. Later research would focus on Helsinki, Finland, where I have also established personal and professional ties, having attended the Going Global conference in 2006 and Helsinki Summer School in 2007.
Cost Breakdown (Estimates Based on Preliminary Research):
- Round-trip airfare Chicago to Vancouver (incl. taxes and fees): $975
- Accommodations for 7 days, including taxes (reserved): $750
- Meals, transportation and incidentals ($80 per day for 7 days): $560
- Costs of producing and distributing rewards: $300
- Kickstarter fees (5%): $130
- Amazon Payments fees (5%): $130
Photo Credits: Audrey F. Henderson, all rights reserved, except "Riverview Apartments Demolition" Photo Credit: J. A. Henderson, Sr., used with permission (rights otherwise reserved).
Maybe. I won't be paid by SustainableCitiesCollective. However, I plan to charge a fee (amount TBD) for presentations based on my research on affordable housing. I also have ultimate plans to publish a book on affordable housing, which I am hoping will make money.
Very shortly. In fact, the blog may already be live by the time you read this FAQ.
No, sorry, it hasn't been designed yet. However, the shirts will probably be unisex style, white, black or some shade of gray. I'll decide what seems to look best as a background to the photo when I actually place the order to produce the shirts.
It really depends on where you are located and how you want your reward(s) shipped. In any event I will attempt to find the least expensive rate available, and I will let you know exactly how much shipping will be before I ship your reward(s)
I want to make a donation of at least $5, but I don't want my name to appear on the donation list you plan to publish. Is that possible?
Not a problem. Send me a note through the project interface and let me know. When I publish the list I'll just state "Anonymous" rather than your name.
No. I'll publish a the list in categories, e.g. $1 to $4, $5 to $24, etc. based on the reward levels established with the project.
The extra days will be devoted to researching affordable housing in the Vancouver area. I also compared the costs of accommodations for 3 days versus 7 days. As it turns out, the hotel where I am staying (and have stayed before when visiting Vancouver), offers a significant discount for stays of at least 7 nights. This discount, combined with the benefit of additional time to devote to research, tipped the balance in favor of a longer stay.
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