Today’s Buzz features a departure from business as usual for Whole Foods, the U.N.’s opinion on Alaska and Oregon legalizing pot, and Ron Swanson’s homemade emojis. Read on and enjoy!
Why Whole Foods is moving into one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago: The company parodied as ‘Whole Paycheck’ tests its own business model, potentially changing the way low income residents eat. Whole Foods is gambling that it can tailor its high-priced brand to a low-income market. It’s gambling that it can create customers out of people who out of necessity have long shopped at corner stores and Save-A-Lot. It’s gambling that it may even change what some of them eat.
Does Airbnb Impact the Affordable Housing Market? Despite launching in 2008, only recently cities such as New York City, San Francisco, and Portland have embraced this new hotelier and passed ordinances to ensure regulations and hotel tax collection. According to a report produced by the New York State Attorney General’s office and released in October of 2014, “at least 4,600 units were booked in 2013 for at least three months. Of these, nearly 2,000 were booked for a cumulative total of over six months; the percentage of host revenue from units booked as short-term rentals for more than half the year increased steadily, accounting for 38% of the site’s revenue by 2013. The report summary cites this as evidence that ‘short-term rentals are displacing long-term housing options.'”
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- How James Carpenter Gave NYC Subway Riders A Portal To The Sky: The centerpiece of New York’s new Fulton Center, the Sky-Reflector Net recalls an era when transit design aspired to great beauty.
- Why Gas-Station Restaurants Are Great for Suburbs: A new crop of restaurants in gas stations, like Seoul Food D.C., will help suburbs grow into more authentic urban places.
- ‘Beautification Assessment Districts’ Proposed to Fix Los Angeles Streets: Nearly 40 percent of Los Angeles’ streets are given the lowest grade of street condition, D or F.
- Louisville’s ‘Neighborways’ Plan to Make Streets Bike Friendly: The city’s bike department, Bike Louisville, is well under way with the first phase of the Neighborways plan—to add sharrows to 100 miles of streets in the city.
- The U.N. really wishes that voters in Alaska and Oregon hadn’t legalized weed: The U.N.’s top drug czar says that state-level marijuana legalization initiatives are violations of longstanding international drug treaties.
- The 10 Biggest Factors Changing Millennial Driving Habits: A chart-filled data dive on one of mobility’s most important trends.
- Pew Study: U.S. Cities Still Recovering from Recession: A new Pew Charitable Trusts report discusses the ongoing recovery of American cities from the 2008 Great Recession, more than five years after it officially ended.
- The Unfinished Suburbs of America: Thousands of acres across the country were partially developed during the housing boom. What should happen to them now?
- How to Choose the Right Social Media Network for Your Planning Project: In a national citizen survey conducted by the National Research Center, 76 per cent of adults age 35 to 44 never attended a local public meeting.
- MARTA Crowdfunds Bike Repair Facilities Near Stations in Atlanta: The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) turned to crowdfunding for a small project that could have big returns in luring bikers to go multi-modal on public transit.
Local Gov Confidential
- House passes Keystone XL construction bill: The House easily passed a measure Friday authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, sending it on to the Senate where the issue is expected to come up for a vote on Tuesday.
- Why more homes are being sold at foreclosure auctions even though the foreclosure crisis is over: In October alone, nearly 60,000 of those homes were scheduled to be auctioned off by banks, up 24 percent from the previous month and seven percent from a year ago, according to RealtyTrac, a housing data firm.
- California Dreamin’: How Collaboration Builds Small-Town Communities: In Winters, California, a library, a swimming pool, and a school make a big difference in the quality of life.
Take A Bow
Nick Offerman’s wooden emoji are far superior to all other communication: Nick Offerman believes in good, old-fashioned communication. Especially when it comes handcrafted in solid oak.