What is Stopping Poor People From Moving?


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 highly skilled workers who can command salaries high enough to make it worthwhile to move. Low-income workers will end up spending much of their incomes on housing if they move, and so stay put.

Source: The Atlantic.

The US border is 100 miles wide


Why does this matter?

Searches within the 100-mile extended border zone, and outside of the immediate border-stop location, must meet three criteria: a person must have recently crossed a border; an agent should know that the object of a search hasn’t changed; and that “reasonable suspicion” of a criminal activity must exist, says the CRS.




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Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap


One of the starkest consequences of that divide is seen in the life expectancies of the people there. Residents of Fairfax County are among the longest-lived in the country: Men have an average life expectancy of 82 years and women, 85, about the same as in Sweden. In McDowell, the averages are 64 and 73, about the same as in Iraq.

via NYTimes.com.

Argument over a Brownstone


Most peo­ple would agree that the brown­stones and small apart­ment build­ings nes­tled in the south­west cor­ner of Bed­ford-Stuyvesant, Brook­lyn, are for the most part drop-dead gor­geous. The 800 largely in­tact res­i­den­tial build­ings, rep­re­sent­ing Ital­ian­ate, Queen Anne, Ro­man­esque Re­vival and Ren­ais­sance Re­vival styles, are ex­e­cuted in rich rusts, browns and ter­ra cot­tas, and adorned with gra­cious bowed win­dows, gen­er­ous­ly pro­por­tioned stoops and ador­able lit­tle tur­rets. The re­sult, in the opin­ion of the New York City Land­marks Pres­er­va­tion Com­mis­sion, is “an ex­traor­di­nary well-pre­served late-19th-cen­tu­ry streetscape.”

via NY Times.