Wondering what kinds of properties will hold value in the future?From the New York Times:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/opinion/sunday/now-coveted-a-walkable-convenient-place.htmlMay 25, 2012Now Coveted: A Walkable, Convenient PlaceBy CHRISTOPHER B. LEINBERGERWALKING isn’t just good for you. It has become an indicator of your socioeconomic status. Until the 1990s, exclusive suburban homes that were accessible only by car cost more, per square foot, than other kinds of American housing. Now, however, these suburbs have become overbuilt, and housing values have fallen. Today, the most valuable real estate lies in walkable urban locations. Many of these now pricey places were slums just 30 years ago. Mariela Alfonzo ...
Great article from the New York Times about neighborhood design & impact on our health.
January 30th, 2012
Communities Learn the Good Life Can Be a Killer
By JANE E. BRODY
ACTIVE ANTIDOTE Atlanta is transforming an old rail corridor into a trail network that encourages walking and biking.
Developers in the last half-century called it progress when they built homes and shopping malls far from city centers throughout the country, sounding the death knell for many downtowns. But now an alarmed cadre of public health experts say these expanded metropolitan areas have had a far more serious impact on the people who live there ...
What's it like to live in the Willamette Valley? Here is a collection of photos that Travel Salem put together that gives an idea of how beautiful and fun this little corner of the world can be. And if you are considering moving to Oregon, you should definitely check out the Travel Oregon site. Things really are different here....Photo by Ron Cooper Photography, Copyright Travel Salem
Are you interested in increasing the value of your current home? Would you like to learn what green-building leaders in the region have done with their homes? Want to talk with experts and owners about design, products, and strategies to help get you there?Join us Saturday, October 1st for:Salem Green + Solar Fair 2011Brought to you by Salem AIA, Pringle Creek Community, Marion County Public Works Environmental Services, and Solar OregonThe focus of this year’s fair is on increasing the value of your home through green renovation & remodeling! Join 14 other cities across Oregon for this annual event!We will ...
Here's a nice nytimes article highlighting why people are drawn more and more to the idea of living in a community where neighbors know and look out for one another, share resources and spaces, and in general live happy and healthy lives together.While Pringle Creek isn't co-housing, we have certainly borrowed from many of the values of co-housing; community gardens, tool library, Painters Hall, clustered houses, 12 acres of open space, and neighbors that know and care about one another... From the New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/realestate/06Wczo.html?_r=1March 3, 2011 Co-Housing Group Plans for Shared FutureBy LISA PREVOSTNEW HAVENA BOOK editor, two ...