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What is Stopping Poor People From Moving?pratikmhatre99

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:59:01 +0000

Why have people stopped moving? The reason, economists believe, is that while there are good wages in economically vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco, housing prices are so high that they outweigh any gains people stand to make in earnings. As a result, high-income cities are still appealing to many workers, but only…(image)

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Grand Designs on Netflixfullsizeoutput_3cbapratikmhatre99

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:50:30 +0000

Currently I’m geeking out on Grand Designs on Netflix. It evokes latent feelings of getting your hands dirty, sometimes literally, on designing your own space. As the synopsis suggests, “Host Kevin McCloud presents people who take self-building houses to a new level, following every step of their ambitious plans from beginning to end.” I may…(image)

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Yosemite National Parkpratikmhatre99

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:31:48 +0000

My family and I spent 4 wonderful days in Yosemite National Park in mid-July. Marred initially by a wildfire that filled the park with a smoky haze for the first couple of days, it cleared quickly revealing us the great natural beauty of the valley. We had a lovely time hiking several of its trails…(image)

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Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothershippratikmhatre99donut_opener

Sun, 21 May 2017 21:44:29 +0000

As with any Apple product, its shape would be determined by its function. This would be a workplace where people were open to each other and open to nature, and the key to that would be modular sections, known as pods, for work or collaboration. Jobs’ idea was to repeat those pods over and over:…(image)

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Cities Should not Encourage Home Ownershippratikmhatre99

Thu, 11 May 2017 18:06:15 +0000

One of the points made by William Fischel in his writings about zoning and NIMBYism is that the impetus for this behavior comes from homeowners trying to safeguard the value of their investment. Per Fischel, since most homeowners’ entire savings are locked up in one risky asset, they are risk-averse when it comes to any…(image)

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Around Massachusetts, racial divides persistpratikmhatre99

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:33:06 +0000

Even when they are in the same income bracket as whites, minorities in the Boston region are turned down for mortgages at a higher rate and live in substantially less well-off neighborhoods, according to a study by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston. The average white family earning $78,000 a year in metro Boston…(image)

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The Future of Citiespratikmhatre99

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 18:20:23 +0000

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Leaving Home: Austin’s Declining African American Populationpratikmhatre99

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 14:19:01 +0000

Austin is the only major growing city in the United States that is losing African Americans. Eric Tang, associate professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, was intrigued by this fact, as well as the ways in which Jim Crow segregation and neo-liberal gentrification converge here in what he describes as a…(image)

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101 small ways you can improve your citypratikmhatre99

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:33:26 +0000

Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our neighborhoods can have the biggest impact. At Curbed, we know the power of a vegetable garden planted in a vacant lot or a library installed on a sidewalk. For Micro Week, we want to share 101 urban interventions and ideas that show how even the tiniest…(image)

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Why even driving through suburbia is soul crushingpratikmhatre99

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 23:54:13 +0000

life in a subdivision cul-de-sac keeps children from exploring and becoming conversant with the wider world around them, because it tethers their social lives and activities to their busy parents’ willingness to drive them somewhere. There’s literally nowhere for them to go. The spontaneity of childhood in the courtyard, on the street, or in the…(image)

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