I wanted to start my blog with a great article by Lamar Anderson, Micro Apartments, and how it sparked an idea on the subject of happy housing. The article from The Atlantic Cities, which is linked above, and the idea, which is the title of this post, First Step Out.
I can remember reading this article and instantly being struck at how unique this idea for new and appealing housing was. First Step Out, FSO, which is the name I am putting to this little idea of mine, embodies what it feels like to take the first step out of your front door. It may be a step out into an enclosed space like a mall such as in the article, it could be out into a busy city street, or it could be out into the ten acres you own. What a great way to start your day, walking out after the morning coffee and realizing you love where you live. Now of course there are many reasons to love where you live, but, to be frank, what struck me about this historic arcade was simply how cool the building looked from the inside. You were given the feeling of being at an outside cafe, while having the creature comforts of being at home and for me, that would put a smile on my face.
The idea of FSO can come from many views and stages of housing. It could be the center idea and starting point for an architect, a city planner could keep this view in mind when considering new public housing, or an individual or group of individuals can do any number of things to make a street or simply an apartment building hallway become more appealing. This view point becomes very strong when talking about unhappy residents and city blight, which both have had an uptick since the recession started.
That is it for this post. My blog will be mostly short and sweet posts that will hopefully garner brainstorming and conversation from those interested in Urbanism.
Always looking toward the future,