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Meet my new best friend for the semester: capstone.

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Jan. 14th, 2011 | 04:00 pm
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Yes, I can be friends with a house. Don't judge.


The future Urban Alternatives House


Yesterday I took a day trip to Flint with my fellow classmates and instructors for our master's capstone project. In brief, we will be working with the University of Michigan-Flint's resource science department and the Genesee County Land Bank to develop an abandoned house into a combo classroom-living* space in an existing neighborhood near campus. It is intended to also be a showcase of energy efficiency, possibly including a geothermal field in the adjacent open lot. While we won't be in charge of the renovation, we've been tasked with ensuring the stakeholders know all of the planning and zoning bits they need to be in line with, and how it can best fit with the neighborhood context.

I'm jazzed about the project, and especially about spending time in Flint. We met with the neighborhood association, primarily long-time residents (some are also landlords in the area) that are savvy about getting positive intervention in their area and resisting the negative, and they certainly know the difference. More updates to come.

* With three small apartments on the second floor. International students in particular appear to be potential tenants.

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Southleft

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from: southleft
date: Jan. 14th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
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I don't think the words "I'm jazzed about spending time in Flint" have ever appeared together in print before.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 17th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
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But more people should, because 1) it's cheap, 2) there are never traffic jams, and 3) they still make an assload of GM trucks every year.

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Just Mark

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from: marklevoyageur
date: Jan. 15th, 2011 01:22 am (UTC)
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A worthy project, hope you can post the "after" image some day.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 17th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
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Me too! Construction would probably not be complete until something like spring 2012, but I'll check back with it.

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deco_lounge

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from: deco_lounge
date: Jan. 17th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Thoroughly jealous! What a great project.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 17th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
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It is a great project, but I suspect you will not be jealous of the times when I have to flip through the county assessor's ancient records for info on the house, or when I have to stand out in the snow to measure the lot. :]

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