Journal #2

This week I:

Created a model on the reservation wage, the amount of money required to induce someone to work, for people reaching the retirement age. Professor McHenry is looking at it.

I have yet to receive an email back from my potential interviewee since her first response. I plan on calling her today.

I am using a map to create a proper sample of Williamsburg housing. I have highlighted retirement communities and am choosing houses around these areas. Hopefully this will give a fairly unbiased judgement on the effect of retirement communities on housing prices.

I am still working on questions to ask interviewees. I am having trouble excluding the word “class” (I think it will offend people). A sample question so far: What sort of amenities do you expect from retirement/ expect for retirement?

As always I am still researching.


The Williamsburg Documentary Project (WDP) strives to collect and preserve the rich past of Williamsburg, Virginia. By conducting oral history interviews, building physical and digital archives, and creating online exhibits, the WDP interprets Williamsburg’s recent past. The WDP works towards developing a better understanding of Williamsburg by bringing together individuals, local groups, Colonial Williamsburg, and the College of William & Mary.

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