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Money Won’t Help Land a Place in This Oasis, but a Uniform May

Money Won’t Help Land a Place in This Oasis, but a Uniform May | Als Return to Education |
Fort Hamilton is a vestige of New York Harbor’s rich military history and a top housing choice for service members looking for a slice of military suburbia about 40 minutes from Manhattan.
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A nice place to live in a suburb outsdie of the big city life.  Great to see that we are taking care of the people that take care of us each and every day.  I think that is part of the American culture and tradition that needs to be passed on to our children and beyond. 

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In Venezuela Housing Crisis, Squatters Find 45-Story Walkup

In Venezuela Housing Crisis, Squatters Find 45-Story Walkup | Als Return to Education |
An unfinished skyscraper occupied by squatters is a symbol of Venezuela’s financial crisis in the 1990s, state control of the economy and a housing shortage.


This skyscraper that was once a symbol of wealth, in an incredible paradigm shift, has now become is occupied by squatters. The lack of a vibrant formal economy and more formal housing leads to a lack of suitable options for many urban residents--especially with problems in the rural countryside. A complex web of geographic factors needs to be explained to understand this most fascinating situation. The video link "Squatters on the Skyline" embedded in the article is a must see.

Via Seth Dixon
Al Picozzi's insight:

An example of people doing what they need to do to live.  Some people look to the US and its system of captialism that say that is the cause of our issues, homelessness which is one of the issues.  But the Chevez, who has now died, government, which has critizied the US for not helping its poor, has the same issues, in a more government controlled economy.  All types of governements have their issues and it is not limited to just the US, China, Russia and so on.  Alot of people claimed Chevez to be an englighted leader, staning up to the US and providing for his people, however the reality is for him, and for all societies, not everything is perfect and  every country in every region has issues that need to be handeled.

Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 5:34 PM

The video we watched of the squatters living in an unfinished skyscraper was unlike anything I've ever seen before. In a country with such high population rates and a housing shortage, people have gotten creative and made homes in this 45 story building where they share what would have been office spaces and bathrooms.  Over 2,500 people have moved into the dilapidated skyscraper and made a home out of it for their families. They have rigged electricity that the government does not provide for them and built small stores on almost every floor.  The people have not been evicted because the government of Venezuela knows of the housing shortages, yet does not fix it.  

I feel ashamed that a country with so many oil resources has such high rates of poverty and no one is fixing it.  It shows the corruption in the government through an extreme although innovative example.

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, February 17, 2014 10:46 AM

The problems in Venezuela with housing and the lack of response to the problem by the government has led people to become squatters.  The using of the abandoned buildings was a good idea by the original squatters.  The vacant buildings can house many of the countries it is a shame that the government did not think of this solution to the housing problem and vacant building first, if they had, they could have made sure they were safer for the residence.  The idea of a vertical city springing up in this building is also an interesting one.  Not only are squatters living in these buildings but creating businesses and other services for the residence.

Jess Deady's curator insight, February 18, 2014 1:02 PM

In life, I constantly find myself comparing situations with what I read and what I know. Imagine this skyscraper is the Prudential in Boston. How could something meant to be so great fall to its death (and to peoples literal deaths)? One day there is a massive financial building occupied with bankers and lavishness. The next day there is a skyscraper in the form of a house. Housing shortages are happening everywhere and Venezuela is being hit hard in this situation. Imagine visiting this country and asking where someone lives? "Oh, I live in the Tower of David, which used to mean a whole lot more."

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Housing Patterns

Housing Patterns | Als Return to Education |
See the big picture of how suburban developments are changing the country's landscape, with aerial photos and ideas for the future

Via Seth Dixon
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That is where I live, basic suburbia.  Good lots, lots of roads, know my neighbors without being on top of them, close to a highway to get to other places, trees that every fall I wish I didn't have up here in New England.  I am drawn to these areas.  Why? For the reasons I've stated above, I have a good yard, nice neighbors I know,not too close and not 20 miles away, close to main roads, and close to stuff, well being close in RI is relative, everything is close.  The housing here is single family with lots that cater to people with families, swing sets, pools, etc.  The layout feel like a neighborhood, its close, just the right amount of space, we help each other when needed, in the last blizzard for example, and we get together every now and then, the way the area was built, mostly in the late 1940's to the 1960's, just facilitates this kind of activity.  Was it profitable, probably, what system is most, depends on the area, a grid system for example, really could not work here.

Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:13 PM

A very interesting article on changes in landscape, while looking though this I came aross so many little things i never noticed about the topical layout of housing. The main thing that is apparent is density, how closely each house is put together, the amount of land each has as well as the view from the property. Its aslo interesting to see how the design of the area can be made for easy access or be desigend to keep people out with only one enctancte and exit. All of these charasticts make up how the land is desired as well as econimcly priced, which then determins who will be able to live there.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 15, 2013 8:53 PM

Having the streets interconnected allows for easy  traveling throughout the area.  when there is more density in an area it means there are more houses , more people.  The sprawl has the center on the place and the streets go out around it. The way the streets are made are for different reasons,.

megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 12:57 AM
This article talks about twenty different housing patterns and how we base these housing patterns around our society or enviroment. How looking at housing patterns can tell you what kind of neighborhood one lives in from the sky. Looking down and seeing a golf course with lush grass and big backyards shows you that this neighborhood is very expensive. Or Canal houses that utilize every inch of the waters edge to financially make them able to charge higher prices for the homes because each house has a water view and is on the waters edge.