Saturday, April 29, 2017

Literacy Rates

Literacy rates need to be improved if better economic balance is to be achieved. High literacy rates are important enough, but digital literacy is also crucial in an information society, and people need to be literate before they can be digitally literate. One example of the need for digital literacy is the irresponsible use of cell phones. Cell phones are not toys, yet some people use them to reach out to emergency services a lot more often than necessary. This places stress on resources and has other effects - it makes the workers' jobs more stressful. Hence qualified individuals may not be interested in the positions, and the application pool is reduced.

An educated workforce is necessary to compete in a global economy, and education spending should be given a top priority. Education levels are correlated to productivity, entrepreneurship, societal functionality, economic equality, income, safety, etc. And, a more economically balanced society is healthier for everyone in several ways.

An education system can be dysfunctional. For example, in the days of slavery, slaves were kept uneducated in order to keep them down. Several employment application assessments test for verbal and quantitative literacy. Are some companies trying to screen out the illiterate or are they seeking them out? Illiteracy is a weakness.


Literacy Rates


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Market Rate Housing

The size of an average new house has been increasing for a while. One source says 250% over the last sixty years. Recently, there's been a growing movement for tiny houses. It's important for people to ensure that practical sized homes are still permitted, say 700 to 1000 s.f.

Cities and counties usually have minimum square footage requirements for the construction of single-family houses. In the early twentieth century, houses under 1000 s.f. were quite common. That isn't always possible today.

One of the reasons the availability of smaller houses is really important is the cost of building new apartments and multi-family units. Nowadays, these types of structures often require costly features such as thicker drywall, sprinklers, emergency lighting, and hydrants as a result of "code creep." People need options, such as small houses.

Other relevant issues include occupancy limits and minimum bedroom number and minimum lot size requirements. Single bedroom homes shouldn't be a problem, especially with the smaller current household sizes. Impact fees can be prohibitive with a smaller house as opposed to a larger, more expensive house because they account for a larger fraction of the total cost.


Market Rate Housing