Archive for the ‘Solutions’ Category

Houses Under 50K

July 1, 2017

Why are we down to so few housing choices.

1. Buy a new mansion that no one can afford.
2. Buy a second hand home that is crumbling down and still too expensive. 3. Rent and never build home equity.

Where is number 4? Why do all new houses have to be mansions and be so expensive? What new home buyer can afford a new home? Few millennials can. Want people to buy homes? Then build new homes for less than 50k, $50,000.

How?

When you ask that question to any innovative architects, each has a dozen answers on how to make stylish, affordable, non cookie cutter, homes at affordable prices. Many allow homeowners to add on to their new homes as their incomes improve.

These well designed small homes are perfect for newly married young couples, single parents and their kids, and seniors living on their own.

So what’s keeping this from happening?

My idea is that rich people don’t want a ghetto of poor people next to them, even if they are owners of new houses. The fifties had a building spree, but all the houses, tract houses, were congregated together and were exactly alike. The rich don’t want low cost housing in their backyard, and the new home buyer doesn’t want to be in a low income ghetto either.

Here’s the solution.

Make affordable houses, but only a few here and there. I saw one architect who suggested putting a complete small home as a self contained pod, on top of an empty roof! (See Werner Aisslinger’s LoftCube, a prefab pod home.)

Now if he could do that, why not two or three prefab pod homes, not only on a flat roof downtown; but, on a single tract of land in a mixed development neighborhood?

Many major cities have vacant lots. Instead of leaving them empty we could fill one here and two there with 3 or 4 small affordable homes.

More than once, I’ve said that any company that can develop a small attractive completely contained home, could make as much money as the first manufacturers of cars did with that invention!

Time for new solutions. This is one that is due. Having home owners stabilizes a community like nothing else. People who want their own homes, should have a way of getting them. This is a good way.

More of everything at tomhendricks.us

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Here is an earlier post on Housing costs.

I’ve always thought that that manufacturer who can build a modular one or two bedroom home that can virtually be droped from the sky anywhere – would become as big and successful as any major car manufacturer.

Through this period of excessive house building that led to the economic crisis we are all now in, I was saying, why are these houses so big and so expensive? Then the housing bubble burst and we are still collectively paying for the housing/banking crisis.

But in the future, why not a small one or two bedroom, well designed, not cookie cutter, $30,000 cottage with basics. Then let the homeowner add on as he moves up. Washer/dryer, garage instead of carport, etc. There seem to be many architects that love to design the small house. Even modular housing could be made that is artistic and distinctive – why not support these architects and help people get homes again?

Time to remember what happened to baby carriages. They got bigger and bigger. Then one person invented one so small it could be carried in the car. That soon wiped out the competition. Smart builders could learn a lesson from baby carriages.
I’ve always thought that that manufacturer who can build a modular one or two bedroom home that can virtually be droped from the sky anywhere – would become as big and successful as any major car manufacturer.

Dallas Main St, a Pedestrian Walkway

June 30, 2017

Want to revitalize all of downtown Dallas in a way that helps everyone in the city and costs little to nothing?

My suggestion, written about in my zine Musea and recapped below, would do that in one step.

Make Main Street a pedestrian walkway – that’s it.

Before you read the recap, an update. I think I can make this one street walkway without cars, world class through a simple architectural addition. Here goes.

Norman Foster added a roof to the great court at the British Museum that is flat out wonderful – and so simple and elegant. It is a roof of steel and glass that covers the smaller buildings below and the spaces between them.

My idea is to set up cement posts all along Main Street, and top them with a concave vault of steel and glass inspired by Foster’s work at the British Museum. This ceiling would cover the entire street. Gradually all of Main Street would have a roof that would let in the sunshine, keep out the rain, and make the temperature for those walking under it, mild all through the year. That would also make Main Street in Dallas, a world class architectural statement!

Now, as promised. Here is the recap of the Main Street – Pedestrian Walkway, idea.

Make Main Street a no-car, pedestrian walkway from Downtown through Deep Ellum to Fair Park. Then take it the other way, across the Trinity River on a pedestrian bridge to one of the main roads in Oak Cliff. Later you can keep it going as far as you like in both directions, and/or you could add the streets next to Main.

Be sure to add these features that would make it all the better: police walking on patrol or on bikes, some lunch wagons here and there, and some electric carts to move people up and down the Pedestrian Walkway.

With this one step you’ve got a new Dallas, and a one of a kind US city. You’ve also got a world attraction for tourists.

This would be the Dallas version of San Antonio’s “Riverwalk” but with a walkway not a waterway. It would tie in all the neighborhoods mentioned, revitalize all of them, and make a reason for people to go, shop, explore, celebrate, and live, downtown/Deep Ellum/Fair Park/Oak Cliff.

This would also help get traffic and pollution out of downtown by reducing traffic in downtown. Dallas City Government you should make it clear that cars can come to downtown, or go around downtown, but they are no longer allowed to go through downtown! We don’t need that stalled traffic polluting up Main and the side streets.

Sadly the chance this would come to pass is slim, in the present city atmosphere. There is no billionaire developer pushing for his own single downtown revitalization project, and without that seldom does the city government act.

But this is worth the change. This step would help all of the real estate on Main, all the real estate on the two roads on either side of Main, and from there as this developed, the benefits would flow out to all downtown, Deep Ellum, Fair Park, Oak Cliff and beyond.

Think big fog Big D!

City (collage.)

Bills before Congress Voting Website

May 13, 2017

MUSEA SUGGESTION BOX

Someone should start a website that posts every bill before congress, in full. Then after the bill the site allows all Americans to vote one time on them.

The results will not change the bill, but it will show the country the bills they are considering, what is in them, and how fellow Americans feel about that bill.

This will also make it clear which congressman is introducing what bills and voters can vote accordingly.

More Lab Links

May 4, 2017

More LAB Links.
(See comments for updates)

BIOLOGICAL IDEAS, Speculation Over the Years.
https://musea.wordpress.com/biological-ideas-speculation-over-the-years/

BIOLOGY EVOLUTION CATEGORY, From Musea Blog.
https://musea.wordpress.com/category/biology-evolution/ , 15 pages

COGIT0LOGY – THE ART OF THINKING.
https://musea.wordpress.com/2012/05/16/cogitology-the-art-of-thinking/

More Social Issue Links

May 4, 2017

More SOCIAL ISSUE Links.
(See comments for updates)

During these changing times, it’s important that we keep trying what hasn’t worked in the past, continue to block out any new solutions, and wring our hands or sit on them, when nothing gets better ….

PEOPLE POWER
https://musea.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/people-power-energy-for-free/

WORKERS NATIONAL UNION
https://musea.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/workers-dollar-union-suggestion-box/

THEATER WORKERS
https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/what-would-be-the-biggest-upset-at-the-oscars/

PARADIGM SHIFT – Corporations Versus People.
https://musea.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/the-new-paradigm/

HOUSE BUILDING – Low Cost Housing.
https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/house-building-smaller-is-better/

MUSEA IDEAS Issue
http://www.musea.us/august2010.html

DICTIONARY OF SMALLER IDEAS Issue
http://musea.us/june2012.html

ESSAY ON EDUCATION
https://musea.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/essay-on-education-reprint-from-musea/


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