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Robert Trigaux

Reimagining Temple Terrace's look and financial future in a post-housing bubble economy




Wake up and good morning. In the wake of this country's (and especially this state's) burst housing bubble and disastrous economic hit, this is the type of rethinking that should be going on. The scene above is a fresh look (dubbed Visible Weather) at what the future of Temple Terrace, the 22,000-population city on Tampa's northeast corner, could look like, according to architects Michael Bell (a Columbia University professor) and Eunjeong Seong.

Bell's vision of Tempe Terrace is one of five re-envisioned communities on display at New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in a special exhibit called Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream. Here's the link to the MOMA exhibit which runs until July 30. It's an exploration of new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis.

templeterrace3momaprojectforeclosedrehousingtheamericandreammichaelbell.jpgAccording to this explanatory video from MOMA, Bell talks about the foreclosure issues in (but mostly near) Temple Terrace on the edge of Tampa. Bell speaks of "reverse engineering" of Temple Terrace to financially justify the future look of Temple Terrace. The idea is to create more housing and more diverse housing for the city. The critical focus is to make the cost of housing smaller to allow people to use their personal budget for other more productive purposes like education.

Tempe Terrace is supposed to grow by 10,000 but Bell suggests it should grow even more, be more diverse and be more inviting to adjacent Tampa. The average household in Temple Terrace is 2,500 square feet, says Bell, which is huge. Bring that average size down.

In this video interview with Reuters, Bell talks about the Temple Terrace project as an effort to change the old (and inefficient) notion of building detached single-family housing.

This MSNBC video with Bell and host Chris Hayes of the show Up explores the challenge of trying to change the long-hel American Dream that middle class success is owning that very single-family detacvhed house that Bell suggests may have seen its day.

Compelling discussions. Interesting look at Temple Terrace as a guinea pig for semi-urban redevelopment. Check it out.

-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times









[Last modified: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 6:47am]


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