Jill Brooke

Jill Brooke is a freelance journalist and former cnn correspondent. Her first book, Don't Let Death Ruin Your Life, was published in 2001.

Recent Articles

The New Environment for Housing

Starting out, Rick Goodemann was a Minnesota construction worker hired to refurbish a dilapidated building that had served as low-income housing for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He remembers feeling a sense of waste in hammering away at a project that should have been properly built in the first place but, because of poor design, had disintegrated into disrepair. Further frustrating him, the houses hadnft appreciated for the buyer nor become an asset to the community. Instead, he said, he was merely putting a Band-Aid on a bigger problem. The experience motivated him to get involved in local planning boards. Recognizing that developers had created high-end gated communities with highly e‡cient use of space and materials, Goodemann thought of applying similar design elements to affordable housing when he helped launch the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, a nonprofit community development agency, in 1992. An early student of environmental products, he also...