It has been a while
Well again, the time between posting is quite lengthy, however my internet situation has yet to improve, and with my work hours being quite filled up with my projects it is hard to find the time to update this while I am there.
Things are continuing to go well here. Yesterday I was able to be one of two people representing the Fed to attend a report launching at the House of Lords on young people with disabilities. It was interesting, but I was hoping for a bit more discussion and less formalities. It was presided over by the Countess of Wessex, a member of the royal family, so I was able to see a royal while I was here. I have a copy of the report and I am looking forward to reading it, in a nerdy political science kind of way. Something else that is kind of interesting is an article I saw in the New York Times about the New York Public Housing Board. It talked about an increase of rent and then discussed some of the problems that they are facing. It referred to an organization that advocated for tenants rights in New York's Public Housing, which of those that have known me for the past couple of years would know that it is a passion of mine. When I went to the website for the organization I began to read about their various campaigns and successes. What I found interesting was a campaign which enabled residents to purchase the public housing property of the landlord was seeking market pricing instead of section 8 rent. They did something similar in the UK back in the late 1980, called the "right to buy" act, which has caused more problems that was ever expected. The reason is because it dramatically reduced the numbers of affordable housing stock, when the numbers of those who needed affordable housing was increasing due to population increase. The similarity between the situation in New York and London is that recently a report by NYU has concluded that there is an inadequate number of affordable housing stock in New York for those in low-middle income households, such as new teachers. Also, New York City has similar polulation density problems, because you can now only go so far out of NYC before it becomes unnaffordable to live their due to transportation costs. I just thought that it was a prime example of how this experience will assist with going back to the States. Well that is all I really have time for. I will try to update it with more smaller messages during my lunch breaks so that I can keep everyone up to date.