Gentrification 2018

Are we in another bubble? I remember 2008. I see a lot of places for rent and for sale that I don’t see a lot of people being able to afford. Maybe I’m not getting it.

Here’s how it looks in Somerville, Massachusetts.

For a century and more, Somerville was a working-class neighborhood bordering Cambridge. The city is still populated with a dense mix of blue-collar workers and recent immigrants, all living in together in red-brick and clapboard three-decker housing. It also provided many affordable, off-campus rooms and apartments to Tufts, Harvard, and MIT students as well as artists, writers, and radicals. Today, it’s dealing with the aftershocks of a boom in biotech and the knowledge economy that’s now rippling out from post-rent-control Cambridge. That bloom of wealth and demand is pushing premium jobs and rocketing rents into neighboring Somerville, a place where suddenly everybody wants to live and a lot of proud residents can no longer afford.

via Open Source with Christopher Lydon

Denver Post Goes Paywall

The Denver Post is going to charge for its services now.

How I have hated the enormous amount of time we’ve spent trying to get page views in the empty belief the digital ads would save us. In that pursuit we’ve drained precious time and resources that could have been focused on doing even more real journalism, like fact-checking political claims, investigating government spending or crafting a better read.
Returning to our fundamentals will be better for readers and journalists alike.

I don’t blame them. If the online ad model ain’t working, it ain’t working. Hat’s off to them for looking for a new approach.

Net Neutrality.

Dear Mr. Hawkes,

Thank you for contacting me regarding net neutrality. I appreciate you taking the time to write. It is an honor to serve you in the United States Senate and I hope you will continue to write with your thoughts and ideas on moving our country forward.

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to reverse the 2015 Open Internet Order. In 2015, the FCC reclassified broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 was originally designed to regulate the legacy telephone network.

While I strongly support preventing Internet companies from blocking or slowing consumers, the 2015 order relied on a 1930s portion of law, which was never intended to regulate the Internet. Using outdated regulation to police Internet companies threatens innovation and investment in the Internet. The FCC’s latest decision provides a new opportunity to find a way forward on bipartisan legislation that permanently prevents companies from blocking or slowing consumers. I support such a legislative approach to ensure this issue is resolved once and for all instead of leaving it up to the whim of the FCC.

Again, thank you for contacting me, and do not hesitate to do so again when an issue is important to you.

Cory Gardner
United States Senator

Teachers getting by in Denver

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The NCTQ report looked at 124 large school districts around the country, including four in metro Denver: Cherry Creek School District, Denver Public Schools, Douglas County School District and Jeffco Public Schools.
In three of those districts, a new teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no prior experience cannot even afford to rent a 1-bedroom at the median cost in each area. Only Cherry Creek was considered affordable – but just barely.>


Highly readable article in the LA Times on Denver’s liveliest of streets.

That was once Smiley’s, the world’s biggest laundromat,” he said, passing a warehouse-like building. “That hotel? The uncle of the Red Baron had his funeral there. Clint Eastwood walked his orangutan past that place in ‘Every Which Way But Loose.’ The guy who created the Colorado Gay Rodeo worked over there. I performed an Elvis wedding at that church.

Kelly, David. 2017. “Denver’s Colfax Avenue Is Jammed With History, Freaks, Neon. Its Champion Is An Elvis Impersonator, Of Course”. Latimes.Com. Accessed November 26 2017.

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Cool tool.

“The Laundry Truck is run by Bayaud Enterprises”…

Check it out at Colorado Public Radio. A mobile laundry to help the homeless community. “The consensus was that, if you’re on the streets in Denver, and you’re fairly savvy, you can shower,” Harris says. “But it’s next to impossible to do laundry.”

Nicely done Bayaud Enterprises.