Inequality exists in many forms

Inequality exists in many forms. In this case it is a mixed income housing development in New York City.

In order to build a larger per square unit condo, the developers had to include affordable housing.

This 274 unit condo will include 55 affordable housing units. The problem? The 55 affordable housing units will be separate from the 274 units, not facing the river, and will have a separate door entrance.

Some ways you can stop future housing inequality issues:

1. Attend your neighborhood zoning and town meetings. These meetings often aren’t attended by residents and developers and law makers go ahead with development projects. If you attend meetings and speak up, you will let them know you are paying attention to your community.

2. Vote or run for office. If you don’t like the polices, vote for new officials or run for office.

3. Stay informed. The news is on a loop. If you watch the 6 o’clock news, I can guarantee the 11 o’clock news will be showing the same thing. Start subscribing to bloggers, independent papers, and follow interesting people on social media. With mobile technology, communication is at our finger tips; often people on the ground have the real scoop.

4. Tell a friend. Sometimes people just don’t know. Tell a friend and spread the news. Word of mouth is still a useful tool.

Grassroots movements can still make a difference.

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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Photo Credit: Extell Development Company

Food on a Budget: Tip #1: Step out of comfort zone

On Facebook I often post pictures of all the groceries I purchase that are inexpensive.  My cousin suggested that I post tips on how I am able to get such great deals. So I decided to comply. Once a week I will post food on a budget tips.

Find below tip #1:

 

Food on a Budget Tip #1: Step out of your comfort zone. Today I stepped out of my comfort zone and as a result I spent $20, saving about $10 off of my grocery purchase!
I don’t like to buy frozen foods. I like to eat fresh food or make fresh food and freeze it myself. Sprouts Farmers Market had a deal I couldn’t resist: 20% off any frozen item that could fit in a paper grocery bag!

I gave myself extra bonus points for the compostable bag that will be added to my compost hole!

 

I’ve already brainstormed 18 ways I have saved money on food, but feel free to send me some suggestions and ideas.

 

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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Photo Credit: Lisa-Marie Pierre

 

My first award!

The other day, I posted that I was attending the Haitian Orphans Wish (H.O.W.) charity boat ride in support of Haitian orphans.

I was extremely surprised to receive the Haitian Orphans Wish (H.O.W.) Toussaint Louverture Award in recognition of my support for the orphaned children of Haiti. This was my first time receiving an award for my community efforts. It was a great feeling! I only wish I knew; I would have prepared brief comments (Next time!).

The longevity of H.O.W. (10 years), shows their commitment and passion to providing aid to the children of Haiti. So, if you are looking for a new organization to support, I suggest them!

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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Go on a cruise for Haiti’s orphans: July 6th, World’s Fair Marina

Do you give back to your community?  I was encouraged by my mother at a young age to be involved in my community. Since my early days as a public library volunteer and hospital candy striper, I have been actively involved with many non-profits and organizations.

Haitian Orphan Wish (H.O.W) is one non-profit organization that I have been involved with since its inception in 2003.  They are an organization that addresses the issues of orphaned children in Haiti by providing financial assistance to orphanages and organizations that seek their help. It is exciting to see all the great work H.O.W has done over the years for the orphans of Haiti.

You too can get involved and make a difference!

Tomorrow, Saturday July 6th, join H.O.W. for its 8th Annual Cruise for Haiti’s Orphans. Donation is $65.00 and includes Haitian cuisine, dessert, soft drinks; cash bar is available.  Music and entertainment will be provided by RudyMix.

This is a great opportunity to cruise along the beautiful shores of New York, dance to great music, mingle with wonderful people, and support a great cause!

Saturday July 6, 2013

 

The Paddle Wheel Queen

World’s Fair Marina, Queens, NY

Boarding: 6:30pm
Departing: 7:00pm (Sharp)
Returning: 10:30pm

For tickets, contact Marcel at 516-521-4043

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I hope to see you there!

***Lisa-Marie 

An urban planning PhD student finding peace in creating a balance between the mind, body, soul, & environment.

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