David Lipsetz is the CEO at the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) and a leading expert in affordable housing and sustainable community development. David came to HAC after holding several White House-appointed positions, most recently serving as the Associate Administrator for Rural Housing and Community Facilities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA.) His office oversaw policy development and program administration of more than $100 billion in direct lending, mortgage guarantees, grants and technical assistance for community and economic development in rural America.
December 4, 2012
Travel teaches you many things, not the least of which is that the world doesn’t have to be ugly.
I first learned this lesson while serving in the U.S. Army in Germany during the 1970s. Heidelberg, where I lived, was clean, compact, and dripping with history. The town center was packed with shops and sidewalk cafes. Missing were cars, which you really didn’t need because you could walk from one end of town to the other in about 20 minutes.