Category: Health

Where the sun don’t shine

3 June, 2013 (11:35) | Alleyways, Boston, Broken Windows Theory, Chauncy Street, Cities, Enforcement, Health, Local issues, Public space, Sanitation |

By:David A. Smith   All of us have a body paSrt where the sun don’t shine, and while it’s intimately connected to our personal ecosystems, we have only the vaguest idea what goes on back there.   It’s got a mind of its own   Cities have such places too, one of them less than […]

Poverty of choice

27 June, 2011 (11:23) | Affordability, Cities, Health, Housing, Innovations, Poverty, Security, Theory | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith    From Jamie Holmes, policy analyst at the New America Foundation, published in The New Republic, comes an excellent survey of empirical evidence in favor of what seems a common-sense proposition – that the poorer you are, the less willpower you can summon to change your life, because the more of […]

Potty parity

30 July, 2010 (12:17) | Global news, Health, Housing, Innovations, Poverty, Sanitation, Toilets, Women |

By: David A. Smith   That the same topic can be simultaneously trivial and tragic, all depending on circumstances is well illustrated by Economist article about public toilets that cannot decide whether to be cheeky or chastising:   Flushing away unfairness   From the Economist: The shepee, a woman’s pissoir   The scene is familiar, […]

Check out of the roach motel

14 May, 2009 (10:00) | Asthma, Health, Rental, Roaches, Speculation | 1 comment

Asthma is an urban disease, possibly affecting as many as one in four urban children, a much higher toxicology rate than in rural areas.  So naturally we deduce that something about urban buildings triggers asthmatic responses – but the causes have been much debated until a recent study fingers a likely culprit:   Hiding in […]

The challenge of mold: Part 2, the liability

3 March, 2009 (10:42) | Environmental, Health, Homeownership, Legal, Mold, US News | 3 comments

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post on the challenge of mold in housing ended with Paul and Wendy Meng having decided to sue their home’s builder, Drees Company, because the whole family had got sick very shortly after moving in.    What six weeks in a moldy house can do to you   […]