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You are on the mayor’s civic team to consider a community problem.
This town of 3,000 people has recently seen a large upswing in
population. As the community has grown so has the need for affordable
housing for lower income groups, especially since many employees at the
plants from the next town away tend to come over to Hitton to live as
the town has a good K-12 school. The mayor has convened a group of
civic-minded citizens to consider his plan for affordable housing in the
form of multiple family dwellings and provides a map concerning the
proposed location. The town council has already approved the housing.
Your civic team gets together to consider what to do.
The five (5) person team begins:
Ronny: What does the mayor mean by lower income groups anyway?
I don’t want any unemployed homeless people hanging around my
neighborhood! Are we talking subsidized housing? I don’t want to pay for
someone else’s home!
Natalie: Well, I think he wants us to look at housing for
retail and physical labor workers as these folks just can’t find any
affordable housing these days around here. Somebody who makes
$20,000–$30,000 per year cannot afford the $250,000 homes and up that
exist in this community. The nearest community with affordable housing
is 45 minutes away which is costly in terms of gas, never mind the time
Carolynn: Exactly Natalie! We need to provide some kind of apartments and small single family housing.
Bart: Well, I don’t know about the location either. I think we
need someone to lead the discussion, and I nominate you! (i.e.,
pointing to you).
You: Well, how does everyone feel about that idea?
Ronny, Natalie, and Carolynn agree that you should lead the discussion.
You: I think we will first need to define the problem here.
Checklist: Based on the scenario, you will go through the
steps you might have used to successfully lead the discussion of the
citizen’s group above.
- View the town map.
- Define the problem (see problem-solving steps from the Reading) and diagram it using a cause-and-effect diagram (Lumsden et al., 2010, p.188).
- Use a form of brainwriting to discover some solutions (Thompson,
2014) based on the Discussion and the town map above. Leave your ideas
for a while and then come back later and modify or add other ideas on
another card or piece of paper. (Provide the brainwriting for 1–2
- Provide the best solution in some detail.
- Provide an informal outline of an implementation plan to pursue the solution proposed to the Mayor.
Access the Assignment rubric.
Provide a 10-slide PowerPoint presentation
with your response to the checklist items including an additional title
and reference slide. Use 4–5 bulleted points per slide and up to 10
words per bulleted point. Place any additional notes in the notes
section below each slide.