Is Affordable Housing Truly Attainable?

I once attended a community forum on homelessness held at the Sarasota Herald Tribune building. The topic of conversation was affordable housing. The session began with the New College students that have been studying the trends in homelessness under Dr. David Brain reporting on what’s been happening nationally and what is …

Can We Develop Homes For People Instead of Profit?

Although it has become common practice in Sarasota, as it has in so many other expanding American communities, there is a problem with the “build it and they will come” residential development model, one that is contributing to the breakdown of community spirit and the lack of affordable housing. Should …

Why Would Somebody Want To Live in a Tiny House?

Tiny houses have been discussed as a means of dealing with Sarasota’s homeless problems, but they don’t stop there. Although several communities have developed tiny house villages as housing for the homeless, it’s not just the homeless who like the idea of tiny homes, as evidenced by popular television shows …

Would Tiny Houses Create More Affordable Housing in Sarasota?

In the midst of the more than 500 luxury condominium units that are currently in development throughout downtown, ranging from 300,000 to 4.5 million dollars, the conversation about affordable housing wages on. Adding in the over 500 apartments in development at CitySide in the Rosemary District, and other proposed plans …

Can Sarasota Follow Tallahassee In Dealing With Homelessness?

Over the last few years, as I’ve discussed possible solutions to our homeless epidemic with people around town, there have been a myriad of ideas that have been floating around, all waiting for the government to pull the trigger and make them happen. While there have been some beautiful visions …