Housing News Roundup: April 13, 2015
Higher Income, Better Health
The higher your income, the healthier and longer you’ll probably live, according to a new study of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data on a dozen health problems. Researchers at the Urban Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University looked at chronic health problems such as arthritis, diabetes and heart disease, finding that overall health tended to improve as people climb the economic ladder. “Health and income affect each other in both directions: not only does higher income facilitate better health, but poor health and disabilities can make it harder for someone to succeed in school or to secure and retain a high-paying job,” the report’s authors wrote.
Charting the Country’s Changing Demographics
The Sunbelt states are leading a demographic shift in the United States, in which the nation is expected to have no single majority racial or ethnic group by 2040. Most of the 266 counties that already had a non-white majority by 2013 are in the Sun Belt. Between 2000 and 2013, non-Hispanic whites lost majority status in 78 counties, mostly in the Sun Belt or along the coasts. The Pew Research Center’s analysis of Census data also found that 19 of the 25 most-populous counties now have non-white majorities.
A Way to Make S.F. More Affordable and Family Friendly
The answer to San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis may be the number five, according to a long-time resident and retired architect trained at Harvard and Berkeley. Eugene Lew’s “Dom-I-City” (Domiciles in the City) approach would walk the blurry line between high rises and sprawl while giving the city a “family-oriented solution.” “Five stories is a useful height,” said Lew. “You can house more people and keep a nice scale. It makes sense for families. At five stories, you can still whistle to your kid in the courtyard and call him to dinner.”
Source: San Francisco Examiner
Database Helps Seniors Age in Place — and Together
A national electronic database is linking up seniors who want the ability to “age in place” but don’t want to live alone. The Golden Girls Network — named for the popular 1980s sitcom about four women sharing a house in Miami — helps seniors find housemates to save in costs while also benefiting their health, according to founder Bonnie Moore. “One of the major issues as people grow older is loneliness, especially if you end up single for whatever reason,” she said. “There are more and more single older people, so the idea of living alone just does not appeal to people. If you do live alone, you become depressed more easily.”
Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Retail Gentrification as Neighborhoods Change
A simple letter posted on the front door explains the store’s end while telling a larger story of the community it has called home for half a century. “Due to ‘gentrification’ and mixed emotions” the family-owned hair salon in the Bloomingdale section of Washington, D.C. is closing. “I want people in the community to know, especially young people, that the community is filled with people who have and people who don’t have,” said owner Latosha Jackson-Martin. “I want people to know that we put up a fight to stay where we are, but we are in the ‘has not’ … I can’t afford to pay double the rent like the other folks.” The median household income in the ZIP Code rose from $25,095 in 2000 to $78,848 in 2013.