Category Archives: Real Estate

Planet earth vs. roads: The epic conflict that will define the future of the world – Salon.com

L.A. Road Network

The great age of road-building is only beginning. By 2050, we will have added 15 million miles of new road to the planet — a 60 percent increase in four decades over our current total, amassed over the past 5,000 years. Nine-tenths of that network will be built in the developing world – in the basins of the Amazon and Congo Rivers, and the jungles of South Asia and Oceania.

via Planet earth vs. roads: The epic conflict that will define the future of the world – Salon.com.

Detroit tears down 12 houses by mistake | PCM World News

It appears that Detroit’s left hand knows not what its right hand does.

Two artists who bought a foreclosed house in Detroit for $500 at a tax sale found it in ruins, demolished by mistake, on a recent visit. The five-bedroom house was one of 12 torn down in error, The Detroit News reported Saturday. The other 11 had been bought by Sameer Beydoun, a Dearborn, Mich., developer who said he planned to fix them up.Kristine Divin said she and Micho “Detronik” McAdow hoped to moved into their house this spring. In December, when they drove to the house to take some measurements, they learned their dream was gone. “Instead of taking measurements for the boards we needed, we found our house in a pile,” she said.The problem, apparently, was that the house and the 11 purchased by Beydoun had been approved for demolition after the Detroit Fire Department determined they were potentially dangerous. At the same time, the Wayne County Treasurers Department had put them up for auction.

These things are easily solved by personally asking city staff instead of relying on computers to dictate action plans. Read on.

via Detroit tears down 12 houses by mistake | PCM World News.

Phonehenge West creator jailed: When folk art and building codes collide – CSMonitor.com

The builder of a fantastical fortress in the Mojave Desert has been sentenced to jail for failing to pay for the demolition of his lifes work. Why art isnt sacred in the eyes of code enforcers.

via Phonehenge West creator jailed: When folk art and building codes collide – CSMonitor.com.

New Jersey agonizes over whether to rebuild shore – Salon.com

The phrase “Jersey Shore” is taking on a new meaning, emblematic of disaster recovery.

…environmentalists and shoreline planners urged the state to think about how – and if – to redevelop the shoreline as it faces an even greater threat of extreme weather.

“The next 50 to 100 years are going to be very different than what we’ve seen in the past 50 years,” said S. Jeffress Williams, a scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Woods Hole Science Center in Massachusetts.

The sea level is rising fast, and destructive storms are occurring more frequently, said Williams, who expects things to get even worse.

He and other shoreline advocates say the state should consider how to protect coastal areas from furious storms when they rebuild it, such as relocating homes and businesses farther from the shore, building more seawalls and keeping sand dunes high.

How to rebuild after the disaster is becoming an issue even as New Jersey assesses its damage.

via New Jersey agonizes over whether to rebuild shore – Salon.com.

KCATA to add transit routes, streetcar as ridership grows – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com

The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) will add more direct routes and expand service for more popular routes, such as the Main Street MAX, starting July 1.

KCATA is responding to a rise in public transit ridership to the tune of 14 percent in the first three months of the year, following a national trends as travelers seek to avoid the high price of gasoline.

The American Public Transportation Associationreleased a report on Monday citing 2.7 billion passenger trips nationwide on public buses, trains and other public transportation modes during the first quarter. This represents a five percent rise from the same period one year ago.

Adults of Generation Y – born after the mid 1970s – often prefer riding the bus to driving a car, prompting a new migration back to the city core.

via KCATA to add transit routes, streetcar as ridership grows – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com.

Kansas City Power & Light District a silver bullet hit by real estate bust – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com

Grandiose plans that cannot be completed due to time or financing constraints can become burdens for taxpayers to bear. I suggest applying an age-old planning principle in reverse. Make little plans. Lots of them. And string them together over time. Create cities that grow organically. Provide tools for existing and new owners of smaller tracts to enhance their locations through area plans, rather than assembling large tracts of land to create silver bullets that end up becoming duds. That’s how you bring life back to a city.

via Kansas City Power & Light District a silver bullet hit by real estate bust – Kansas City Sustainable Transportation | Examiner.com.

Bans on plastic bags harm the environment | Just Facts Daily

“…paper bags have a worse effect on the environment than plastic bags in all nine impact categories, which include global warming potential, abiotic depletion, acidification, eutrophication, human toxicity, fresh water aquatic ecotoxicity, marine aquatic ecotoxicity, terrestrial ecotoxicity, and photochemical oxidation.

via Bans on plastic bags harm the environment | Just Facts Daily.

Court rules for Tolmas tract neighbors in Metairie, against developer | NOLA.com

Court rules for Tolmas tract neighbors in Metairie, against developer | NOLA.com.

This provides a good lesson in the power and use of zoning codes to preserve green spaces and the integrity of a neighborhood. An appelate court ruled in favor of the local parish, or county, to enact zoning ordinances for the benefit of the local community. Way to go!

Low vitamin D in children behind current explosion of new diabetes cases

Low vitamin D in children behind current explosion of new diabetes cases.

Children require lots of sunshine. Our great-grandmothers knew this. However, children are now plunked down in front of video games and Wii starting at an early age.

Part of this is because our neighborhoods are no longer designed with child’s play in mind. Parks are becoming larger and difficult to get to. Kids are discouraged from playing in lots and courtyards, and no trespassing signs are everywhere. Streets are designed for fast-moving automobiles and sidewalks are inaccessible, in disrepair, or non-existent.

Apartment dwellers are hard-pressed to find smooth surfaces free of auto-pedestrian interaction on which to set their children free on bicycles. Kids are no longer allowed to play with the neighbors’ children for fear of their safety. The list is incredibly long and points to the need to go back to basics. Design streets with children in mind. Not only will this benefit our children, but the future adults of our society as well. Healthy children grow up into healthy adults. Let’s work to eradicate illness. Let’s design our neighborhoods to be child friendly.

New Orleans in Top Ten Again

Daily Real Estate News.

New Orleans is in the top ten metros with greatest 5-year gain in real estate values. Geaux Saints!

 

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