Cops break up huge party of over 1,000 people at off-campus housing at FSU
MIAMI — Now that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved Florida into Phase 3 reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s all systems go for party animals, apparently.A large gathering, with more than 1,000 people, was shut down by cops late Saturday night near Florida State University in Tallahassee. The party was at an off campus apartment complex called Tenn Street Apartments that saw at least 700 cars parked in the area, blocking travel lanes, cops said.The Tallahassee Police Department said that this bash was just one of a dozen large social events they broke up over the weekend, read a Faceboo...
Newsom seeks more money for novel homeless housing program
SAN JOSE, Calif. — As Project Homekey funds begin to dry up, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said he’s seeking an extra $200 million to help more cities and counties convert property into homeless housing.If approved by the state’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the request would increase the innovative program’s buying power by a third. So far, Project Homekey has allocated $449.9 million of its $600 million budget, funding 3,351 new housing units. Newsom announced 19 new projects on Monday.“Not only is Homekey unprecedented in providing capital to house people experiencing homelessness, but...
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Auto review: Cheap frills make the 2020 Nissan Sentra a little luxury ride
Have you ever noticed that all apartment rentals are marketed as luxury apartments, even though they’re not? My grandmother lived in an apartment building with a doorman, and a large swimming pool with private cabanas. Its lobby contained a market, a florist, a beauty parlor, a restaurant and bar, a pharmacy, and a dry cleaner. Most new “luxury” apartments offer nothing even close to this, beyond a gym.Certainly luxury is an overused word, but the concept is simple: A luxury product or service make our lives easier, even enjoyable, and wears a hefty price tag that ensures its exclusivity. But ...
Tribune News Service
Lawsuit: Real estate firm linked to Jared Kushner illegally collected rent in NYC buildings without sprinklers
NEW YORK — A real estate firm with ties to President Donald Trump’s son-in-law illegally collected more than $4 million in rent from tenants in four New York City apartment buildings while failing to maintain working fire sprinkler systems, says a lawsuit filed Tuesday.Tenants in the Kushner Companies’ four adjacent East Village tenements say the firm has filed false documents with the city, endangering the lives of residents with illegal construction aimed at maximizing company profits.The Kushner Village residents want a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to block the company from collecting rent...
New York Daily News
Language in Seattle-area rental ads divides neighborhoods along racial lines, study finds
SEATTLE — New research from the University of Washington offers some clues as to why, more than 50 years after the federal government banned housing discrimination, Seattle’s neighborhoods remain segregated by race.The study, published last month in the peer-reviewed journal Social Forces, suggests that language in rental ads may have racially coded subtexts, possibly reinforcing biases among white prospective tenants that less-white neighborhoods are unsafe, peripheral and uninteresting.The study underscores many academics’, authors’ and activists’ depiction of racism as subtle, insidious and...
The Seattle Times
A week before crowded college party, city urged student apartments to close pools
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Last month, as classes resumed at the University of South Carolina, the city of Columbia sent a letter to 12 student housing complexes asking them to close their pools “to further reduce the risk for community spread of the coronavirus disease in settings that encourage large gatherings.”“As students return to our community to continue their education, we must all remain vigilant,” read the letter, dated August 20. “Mayor (Steve) Benjamin and Columbia City Council respectfully request that you join us in our efforts to help prevent high risk situations before they happen.”It i...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Litzman vows to quit if there is High Holy Day lockdown
Housing and Construction Minister Ya'acov Litzman threatened on Friday that if a lockdown is placed on Israel during the High Holy Days his United Torah Judaism party would consider resigning from the government.Litzman lashed out at coronavirus commissioner Ronni Gamzu for continuing to allow protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while considering steps limiting the religiously observant."Approving demonstrations on Balfour Street [outside the Prime Minister's Residence], alongside opening cultural centers while continuing restrictions in synagogues and preventing travel to Uman ...
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Eradicating Visible and Invisible Racism in Housing
(photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)“Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever,” declared Alabama Governor George Wallace in 1963. This racist trope pandered to white voters and could not have been clearer, just as recent remarks by President Donald Trump were to white suburban voters.Trump contends that implementing an Obama-era federal housing department rule designed to assist all communities (not just suburbs) to meet their legal obligation under the 1968 Fair Housing Act to “affirmatively further fair housing” (AFFH) will “totally destroy the beautiful suburbs....
The Gotham Gazette
Real estate Q&A: Is it a bad idea to buy a foreclosed home from the bank?
Q: We are looking at a home in a great neighborhood but are nervous because the house was foreclosed by the bank, who is now selling it. Is this a bad idea? — JackieA: Foreclosed homes sold by lender’s “REO” or real estate owned department can be bought at a favorable price, but there can be some downsides.The same can be said for foreclosed homes bought by real estate investors on the courthouse steps.If you take these potential issues into account, you could end up paying an excellent price for your new digs.REO purchase contracts are very one-sided, so be sure to review the terms carefully....
Homelessness, Housing, and the Upper West Side
(photo: John McCarten/City Council)I spent a good portion of my childhood and adolescence around the intersection of West 79th and Amsterdam, whether it was with my parents or friends’ parents at Bagels & Co., or picking up snacks at the Duane Reade or Insomnia, or covertly eating non-kosher at Island Burgers. So it has been deeply saddening for me to see such a cornerstone of my neighborhood be turned into a rallying cry for reactionary hatred. The temporary sheltering of a few hundred homeless people in the Lucerne, the Belleclaire, and the Belnord is the least that the Upper West Side, one ...
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