Coming together as a community is one thing, but coming together as a city is the ultimate goal. The little things matter most in the City of Detroit, especially, when it comes to redeveloping safe and healthy environments.
Ragged houses in the motor city has become an issue over the years. As people continue to move out the city, leaving behind many abandon houses, others stay and struggle with roof fixtures, gas leaks, led poisoning and possible floods.
Dr. Carrie Beth Lasley, a research associate and instructor at Wayne State University, for the Center for Urban Studies, focuses her research on environmental risk, how it impacts the people, and developing a safe and healthy environment for those people.
Dr. Lasley is currently involved in a research project called the Healthy Homes study. She has teamed up with the federal HUD (U.S Housing and Urban Development) department becoming the first people to randomly look at three different cities and interpret what the American housing base lines might be.
According to Dr. Lasley, the research team examined the adopted methodology we took in as a nation from England, declaring Detroit has worse housing conditions than England.
“It seems logical when you say it out loud, but it’s actually the first time we’ve actually done a study where you can compare that very evenly”, said Dr. Lasley.
Having 32 hazards in each home keeps her busy with plenty of data. Dr. Lasley says she’s taking her data and comparing it with different ideas, like how much the house is worth, are the people living there employed, and figuring out which one is more prominent than the other.
The research associate says, it’s important to know for future targets along with the appropriate resources, so that, it properly meets the needs of the residents living in those areas.
Dr. Lasley states, she just started this project and her goal is to finish it.