Stove Top Fire Suppression Systems

WFMY has a story about stove top fire suppression systems – the system featured in the story is $50/unit – and how the Greensboro Housing Authority is going to install them in all their units.

http://www.stovetopfirestop.com/2014/11/video/wfmy-tv-greensboro-nc

 

December 16, 2014 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Burdensome Housing Regulations Contributing to Migration to “Red States”?

An interesting piece at Vox.com highlights the role that overly-restrictive zoning is playing in the exodus from “Blue” states to “Red” states:

Whatever else Blue America has going for it, it’s done a terrible job of generating enough housing supply to accommodate all the people who might like to live there. So in addition to the traditional southward migration of retirees, you now see a substantial net population flowaway from richer areas in the Northeast and the California coast to the relatively low-wage economies of Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia. For many working- and middle-class Americans, the lower cost of living makes a decisive difference…

Incidentally, the widespread nature of the high coastal housing cost problem should give pause to the people who insist that it has nothing to do with zoning and is all about absentee foreign billionaires.

Most foreign buyers are Canadians looking for vacation homes someplace sunny. And while the Russian billionaire seeking a Manhattan pied-à-terre is a real phenomenon, it’s a stretch to imagine that foreign playboys are the ones bidding up the price of houses in Bergen County or Bethesda. The fact that overregulation of the land use sector is driving people out of blue states (and costing the national economy billions in the process) doesn’t mean that red states’ aversion to regulation is right across the board. But it is a real — and really big — failure of the political economy of American liberalism, and it’s something liberals ought to take more seriously.

December 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

Apartments Proposed for Adaptive Reuse Project in Mt. Airy

From the Triad Business Journal:

The Landmark Group presented its plans, which call for an 80-unit development expected to cost up to $10 million, to the city redevelopment commission, the Mount Airy News reported. The project would use six of the 22 buildings at the former Spencer’s Inc. property.

The development would be an affordable housing complex with one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Landmark officials want to make the project a public-private partnership and hope to use mill tax credits, the newspaper reported.

December 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

Making Space

Here’s a pretty cool system for optimizing space in a tiny apartment:

December 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

Housing a Big Part of Downtown Winston-Salem’s Revitalization

Winston-Salem’s downtown district has come a long way in the past 15 years and housing has played a major role in that revitalization:

In his column this week in the Business Journal, Justin Catanoso looks at just how far downtown has come in the last 15 years. He tells WFDD’s Keri Brown that a big part of the city’s revitalization plan in this area revolves around more housing.

“There are 3,100 residential units downtown, most of them built since 2006. Some 700 have come online in the past year, with more planned. Rents are high; vacancy is low. People are everywhere, a significant factor in the downtown’s steady upward trajectory,” says Catanoso.

You can read Catanoso’s full column here.

WFDD also has a five minute interview with him here.

November 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Why We Continue to Drive for Food

As all of you (hopefully) know, PTAA has been running an annual food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC every year for the past ten years. Each year we try to raise more food than the last, and that’s necessary because every year the number of people that Second Harvest and its partner agencies serve also grows. The High Point Enterprise ran a series of stories this week that vividly illustrate the severe hunger issues in our community. Here’s just a sample from the first story in the series:

After all, there’s a reason the city has more than 40 food pantries and/or soup kitchens working to alleviate hunger.

There’s a reason the local Salvation Army just introduced a mobile food pantry to visit the city’s seven food deserts.

There’s a reason Guilford County Schools continues looking for new ways to feed its students who aren’t getting enough to eat at home.

There’s a reason so many schools have backpack programs, in which a sponsoring organization — say, for example, the United Way or Backpack Beginnings — provides backpacks stuffed with food for students to take home and eat over the weekend.

The reason? People are hungry, and those people — the faces of hunger — are not necessarily who you think they are.
“The thing about hunger is, it’s not always the stereotype,” says Carl Vierling, a local hunger advocate who works for Open Door Ministries as the coordinator of the Community Resource Network. In that capacity, Vierling has examined High Point’s hunger crisis extensively and is trying to coordinate community efforts to effect change.

And some of the individual stories are nothing short of heartbreaking:

This past summer, Lisa Hawley took food to a woman she’d heard about who was struggling to feed her three high school-aged sons. Hawley introduced herself and said to the woman, “I’ve brought you some food — do you need help?”

“I do,” the woman replied, “but do you see those seven children walking down the street? There’s not one thing to eat in their house. You need to give them that food.”

Hawley tears up as she tells the story.

“That broke my heart,” she says. “She needed help, but she wanted to give the food to someone else who needed it more.”

On Monday, November 24 we will be dropping off a check for a little over $6,500 at Second Harvest. This is a portion of the online donations we’ve received as part of our Food Drive, but please don’t take this to mean that the drive is over. Our 2014 drive doesn’t end until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve and we ring in 2015. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our members who have so enthusiastically participated to this point and to urge you to keep up the good work.

Here’s a link to the food drive page just in case you need it.

If you’d like to read the rest of the Enterprise stories you can find them here:

Faith Community Battles City’s Hunger Pains

Hunger Affects 25% of High Point Children

Backpack Programs Help Hungry Kids Get Through the Weekend

How Does High Point Resolve Its Hunger Crisis?

November 22, 2014 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Sedgefield Apartments in Winston-Salem Sell for $9.8 Million

Triad Business Journal has the story:

A Connecticut-based private investment group has bought the 144-unit Sedgefield Apartments complex in Winston-Salem for $9.8 million…

Berkshire Property Advisors had owned the complex, at 4755 Country Club Road, since January 2008, when the real estate investment management company bought it for $8 million, deeds show.

November 21, 2014 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

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