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  • Rats The Size Of Cats?? NYCHA Tenants Have Video To Prove It

    10/16/2018 1:44:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 76 replies
    newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | October 15, 2018 at 6:19 pm | Staff
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Furious tenants of a public housing project in the Bronx were pleading for help Monday, saying their buildings are overrun with rats — and they’re not kidding. They have the video to prove it. But we should warn you, the pictures are not for the squeamish. “I’m traumatized,” tenant Veronica Martinez told CBS2’s Marcia Kramer. You’d be traumatized, too, if you had the same kitchen as Martinez. Rats. An entire family of rats, some as big as cats, have taken over, hopping in the sink, into pots and pans. It’s absolutely gut wrenching. “I should never...
  • How Much Space Does $200,000 Get You in Texas Compared to the Rest of the Country?

    10/05/2018 7:31:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Texas Monthly ^ | 10/05/2018
    There are plenty of reasons for Texas’s population boom over the past several years—the economy, immigration, Whataburger—but one that can’t be overlooked is the fact that you typically can find some space to stretch out. And thanks to a chart from real estate site Property Shark, we can see exactly how much square footage you can get in Texas, compared to the rest of the country, for $200,000.The chart shows how much average square footage you get from a $200,000 investment in 33 U.S. cities, including the six largest in Texas—Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, and El Paso....
  • Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose

    08/23/2018 4:08:33 PM PDT · by Twotone · 13 replies
    American Spectator ^ | August 23, 2018 | Steven Greenhut
    At a conference examining California’s housing crisis, one of the more liberal audience members expressed her frustration at those of us who even talked about free markets. I don’t recall her exact words, but the mere mention of such ideas were a non-starter. Apparently, such notions shouldn’t be raised in polite company given what they mean for the poor and disenfranchised. Couldn’t we just get back to discussing government regulations and programs? That comment summarized the problem with discussing public policy in a state where such ideas are considered arcane. The notion that people should be free to pursue their...
  • Existing-home sales tumble to a 2½-year low as buyers give up

    08/22/2018 5:43:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 62 replies
    marketwtch.com ^ | Aug 22, 2018 10:53 a.m. ET | Andrea Riquier
    Existing-home sales ran at a 5.34 million seasonally-adjusted annual rate in July, down 0.7% versus June, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. That was the lowest pace since February 2016... … For years, the Realtors have been warning that many would-be buyers, particularly at the lower end of the market, are being priced out. Now they’re also acknowledging that many others are just deciding to sit it out until market conditions change. … “Three years of exceptionally tight inventory and exceptionally strong price gains are catching up with the market, and are visible both in softer demand from stretched...
  • Trump administration charges Facebook with housing discrimination

    08/17/2018 8:52:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 17, 2018 | Patrick Temple-West
    The Trump administration today charged Facebook Inc. with violating housing discrimination laws. The social media company allows advertisers to divert housing listings away users who mention terms such as “assistance dog” and “mobility scooter,” or who live in certain zip codes, in violation of the Fair Housing Act, HUD alleged. In addition, the Justice Department today joined a lawsuit against Facebook, saying in a “statement of interest” that the company discriminates by helping advertisers pick preferred users. The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing transactions including print and online advertisement on the basis of race, religion or sex, among...
  • With 'i-house,' manufactured housing goes chic

    08/17/2018 5:44:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 17, 2018 | Duncan Mansfield and the Associated Press
    From its bamboo floors to its rooftop deck, Clayton Homes' new industrial-chic "i-house" is about as far removed from a mobile home as an iPod from a record player. Architects at the country's largest manufactured home company embraced the basic rectangular form of what began as housing on wheels and gave it a postmodern turn with a distinctive v-shaped roofline, energy efficiency and luxury appointments. Stylistically, the "i-house" might be more at home in the pages of a cutting-edge architectural magazine like Dwell— an inspirational source — than among the Cape Cods and ranchers in the suburbs. The layout of...
  • The Phony Numbers Behind California’s Solar Mandate

    08/13/2018 5:32:31 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 12, 2018 | Steven Sexton
    California’s energy regulators effectively cooked the books to justify their recent command that all homes built in the Golden State after 2020 be equipped with solar panels. Far from a boon to homeowners, the costs to builders and home buyers will likely far exceed the benefits to the state. The California Energy Commission, which approved the rule as part of new energy-efficiency regulations, didn’t conduct an objective, independent investigation of the policy’s effects. Instead it relied on economic analysis from the consultancy that proposed the policy, Energy and Environmental Economics Inc. Its study concluded that home buyers get a 100%...
  • Governments Have Destroyed Housing Affordability in Many Places — But Some Refuges Remain

    08/11/2018 5:44:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Mises Institute ^ | 08/11/2018 | Ryan McMaken
    From crime rates to life expectancy to income levels, statistics at the national level are next to useless when it comes to measuring the daily lives of ordinary people in the United States. This is because the United States — which is a huge and geographically diverse country — is simply too large to be summed up in a single number. This sort of generalizing is inappropriate for pretty much any place that's larger than a single metro area, but it's especially bad when applied to a place like the United States. Even the larger European countries are much...
  • 3D Printing: An Affordable Solution for World's Housing Crisis

    08/09/2018 11:25:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    CIO Review ^ | August 10, 2018 | Staff
    Since time immemorial, mankind has always been in a constant state of evolution, through various innovative ideas, ground-breaking discoveries, and technologies. While technologies like war machines and drones play havoc in human civilization, there are certain technologies that aid in the betterment of our kind. One such technology is 3D Printing. What started as an experiment by Charles Hull in the early 80's, as a means for hardening tabletop coatings, 3D Printing has become a thriving multi-million dollar industry, with a potential for impacting innovations through all walks of our lives. On March 2017, in the backdrops of a quaint...
  • Housing Market Slowing But Not Collapsing

    08/01/2018 9:13:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    calafia Beach Pundit ^ | 07/31/2018 | Scott Grannis
    I'm seeing a significant increase of late in stories which suggest that the housing market has peaked and could be in trouble. Not everything is rosy, to be sure, but from what I can see, the worst that can be said about the housing market is that it is cooling off. The following charts tell the story: Chart #1 As Chart #1 shows, an index of the prices of homebuilders' stocks is down about 25% since last January. That's a big correction that could easily be the start of a major decline, much as we saw happen in 2006-2009....
  • Smoking banned in public housing nationwide, effective today

    07/31/2018 3:00:59 PM PDT · by Drango · 174 replies
    CBS ^ | July 31, '18 | CAITLIN O'KANE
    Smokers can no longer light up in or near public housing facilities in the U.S. due to a new rule that went into effect July 31. The nationwide ban on smoking in public housing was implemented nearly two years after the rule was passed by the Obama administration in 2016. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now prohibits the use of cigarettes, cigars and pipes in all public housing units and common areas, as well as any outdoor areas up to 25 feet from public housing and administrative office buildings. The ban does not apply to e-cigarettes, snuff...
  • Dutch city to unveil world's first 3D-printed housing complex

    07/12/2018 12:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Space Daily ^ | July 11, 2018 | Agence France Presse
    The southern Dutch city of Eindhoven plans to unveil the world's first 3D-printed housing complex next year, which its inventors believe could revolutionise the building industry by speeding up and customising construction. Printed in concrete by a robotic arm, the project backed by the city council, Eindhoven Technical University and several construction companies aims to see its first three-bedroomed home go up by June 2019. Known as Project Milestone, a housing complex of five homes of various shapes and sizes will be built over the next three to five years, financed by private investors, said Rudy van Gurp, one of...
  • French Family Becomes the First to Move into a 3D Printed Home

    07/09/2018 6:38:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    All3DP ^ | July 9, 2018 | Hanna Watkin
    A French family of five has just become the first to ever move into a fully 3D printed house. Constructed in just 54 hours, the inhabitable structure is 1,022 square feet large, and includes four bedrooms and a central living area. A French family recently became the first in the world to move into a fully 3D printed house. The spectacularly sized family home was built as a part of a project that aims to use additive manufacturing to construct buildings in a quick and affordable manner. This 3D printed home was constructed in a collaborative effort involving the University...
  • Families earning $117,000 now qualify as "low income" in California's Bay Area

    07/01/2018 11:46:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | 07/01/2018 | Mark Strassman
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A report out this week from the Department of Housing and Urban Development finds the median price for a single-family home in the Bay Area is now $935,000. A family earning $117,000 now qualifies as "low income" in the region. CBS News went to see California's red-hot housing market with realtor Larry Gallegos. He showed us a house you would think he couldn't give away. But Gallegos says the home, complete with leaks in the roof, sold for $1.23 million. The buyer beat out six competing offers, all above the asking price. "It's a little mind-blowing, but...
  • Map: It may take centuries to reach housing goals in Bay Area

    06/29/2018 9:33:09 AM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 12 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 6/29/18 | By ERIN BALDASSARI
    At its current level of housing construction, it would take the East Bay city of Concord until 2984 — almost the next millennia — to reach its 2040 housing goals, according to a new map from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). Oakland residents would have to wait until 2295 before enough housing is built for its projected 2040 population. San Jose and San Francisco residents have it better off; residents’ grandchildren would see an adequate supply of housing for it’s 2040 population in 2066 and 2063, respectively. The map, released last month, highlights the continued challenges of building housing in...
  • Pentagon asked about housing 20K migrant children at military bases

    06/21/2018 1:55:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 21, 2018 | Ellen Mitchell
    The Trump administration may place up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on military bases starting as early as next month, according to a new Pentagon memo. The notification, sent to lawmakers on Wednesday and first reported by The Washington Post, says the Defense Department received a request for assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “HHS has requested DOD determine its capabilities to provide up to 20,000 temporary beds for unaccompanied children at DOD installations,” the document states. If the Pentagon finds that it can provide such lodging, “the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) requests the...
  • 3D printed houses are coming and you could live in one from next year

    06/08/2018 6:14:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Evening Standard ^ | June 6, 2018 | Amelia Heathmana
    The housing crisis is a multi-faceted issue, based on problems such as the lack of land space, rising housing costs, and the fact not enough houses are being built. Yet, there could be a solution to the last one in the form of 3D printed homes. A city in the Netherlands, Einhoven, will be the first place in the world to have houses made by a 3D printer. Developed by the Dutch construction company Van Wijnen, in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology, Project Milestone as it is called will see five homes built in total. These will be a...
  • FUTURE LIVING 3D printed homes built in less than 24 hours will ‘be mainstream by 2025’ in UK

    05/21/2018 8:25:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Sun ^ | May 21, 2018 | Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor
    EXPERTS say 3D-printed houses will be "mainstream by 2025", and could put an end to Britain's housing crisis. A new report details how Brits are less than a decade away from enjoying lower house prices thanks to a robot revolution in the construction of homes. 3D printing, or "additive manufacturing", is a process of layering up a material to build complicated structures. It works just like regular home printers – but instead of ink, a 3D printer will use materials like plastic or metal. Using giant 3D printers, it's been proven possible to quickly and cheaply build homes. Sadly the...
  • Ben Carson strikes critical blow to Obama fair-housing rule...

    05/19/2018 1:09:20 PM PDT · by caww · 37 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | 5/19/2018 | by Joseph Lawler
    The agency, led by Ben Carson, announced Friday evening that it was withdrawing the assessment tool by which cities and counties are supposed to identify housing discrimination and other problems faced by minorities and other groups. Conservative critics, including Carson, have argued that it represents an unwarranted intrusion of federal government influence into local zoning matters. The Obama version of the rule would have required cities and counties to use the tool, and data provided by the federal government, to spell out exactly which kinds of disparities their citizens faced. For example, if minorities lived in areas that lack public...
  • *How's that progressivism working out for you, Jeff Bezos?

    05/16/2018 8:42:48 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 16 May, 2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Is Jeff Bezos having second thoughts about his political ideology and that of his newspaper? The founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post – and the richest man in the world at the current Amazon stock price – is being targeted by leftists because he has been so successful. Not for any alleged misbehavior, but simply because he and his company Amazon (not the WaPo) have so much money. Yesterday, Bernie Sanders attacked him by name, noting that the three richest men in America have as much wealth as the bottom half. Apparently, he believe that if they...