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Housing

Why is the downtown (main) library a haven for the homeless?

I'm a frequent user of the downtown library, known as the Main Branch. I'd noticed that the homeless are frequent 'users' of that branch too, but not for what I was using the branch for.

I'd never seen a bedbug until I went to the main library one fine day about 6 months ago. And that made sense, considering the place is an absolute haven for the homeless. They have lots of comfy chairs which the homeless fill. You couldn't pay me enough money to sit in one of those chairs now.

Look for the union hero

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140924_Ironworkers__hit_man__pleads_...

"he had no family ties in the union, which helped other members get steady jobs" (because actual qualifications for the work being done, well - that's just silly)

"Knowing that members who committed crimes on behalf of the union - referred to as "nightwork" - got the best jobs, Walsh let it be known to its then-longtime head, Joseph Dougherty, and four business agents "that he was willing to perform whatever crimes were necessary," Livermore wrote.

Stikii: A Perfect Fit – Every Time!

http://blog.stikii.com/2012/04/a-perfect-fit-every-time/

Hello friends and fans! Are you interested in learning a bit about Stikii’s latest and greatest innovation? We’re pretty sure you are. One of the many new things that we have developed to make our customers shoe-wearing experience more enjoyable is the creation of the “Stikii Size Chart”. The piece is fun, vibrantly colored and serves a very practical and useful purpose!

If the Stikii shoes fit, your child might just become famous!

Is your kid special, does he or she like performing, modeling, singing or acting? Does your child like to be on camera or take pictures? Is your little one-not-so-little? Are they outgoing, easy to get along with, a natural leader? If they are NONE of those things, are they just plain CUTE AND ADORABLE? Would they like free Stikii shoes?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to get your children involved with the Stikii Kids Club contest.

Marcy Kaptur Late on Her Ohio Real Estate Taxes--9 Times!

It seems it's been tough for Marcy Kaptur to keep up with her taxes on her cute little house in Toledo that she's lived in her "entire life"--thank god, she's been able to pay the taxes on her half-a-million condo in Washington! How can we expect Kaptur to follow the same rules as us little people!

S&P downgrades AAA rating. Stock market in turmoil. But they upped the Debt Ceiling?

"Told you so" just doesn't seem enough. Like I said before, S&P said not one damn thing about the Debt Ceiling. http://swampbubbles.com/20110801/dow-jones-drops-and-standard-poors-drop...
Hear that giant sucking sound? THAT IS YOUR HOME MORTGAGE RATE GOING UP, GAS PRICES GOING UP, YOUR CREDIT CARDS COSTING MORE AND YOUR RETIREMENT PLAN GOING TO CHINA.

And from the Associated Press on Friday evening:
Aug 5, 11:55 PM EDT

S&P downgrades US credit rating from AAA

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
AP Economics Writer

Tutorial on how banks won't do loan modifications for home owners like Keith Sadler

Quote from Toledo Blade article:
http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100508/NEWS02/5080384
Lucas and Wood counties have experienced a dramatic increase in foreclosures.

El Tiempo Story: 2009 Foreclosure Numbers Show Mixed Picture

El Tiempo Article by Kevin Milliken
Lucas County’s 2009 foreclosure numbers show more properties continue to fall prey to the poor economy, but fewer homeowners are losing the biggest investment of their lives to a sheriff’s sale. It’s a mixed picture that suggests local foreclosure prevention efforts are succeeding, banks are giving up on situations that can’t be resolved—or both.

Jesse Jackson Negotiates Mortgage for Toledo Woman

I Voted.

I just got back from Voting. I Voted NO. No on the Oregon Property TAX Levy! I just wish that there was a HELL-NO button!

Got our new house market value from Lucas County Auditor and it is down by 12%. How about you?

0-5%
6% (3 votes)
6-10%
8% (4 votes)
11-15%
37% (19 votes)
16-20%
13% (7 votes)
21-25%
4% (2 votes)
26% or more
4% (2 votes)
I don't own a house
8% (4 votes)
I have not received the values yet
21% (11 votes)
Total votes: 52

Economic Reality 101

National Summit draws business and government leaders
(Pic)
http://multimedia.detnews.com/pix/photogalleries/newsgallery/summit0615/...

Calvin Buckmaster of Toledo talks with Mary Tradii of Roseville outside boxes that Buckmaster, a laid-off Chrysler Jeep plant worker whose house might be foreclosed on, put up with another man at the National People's Summit and Tent City at Grand Circus Park. It was set up to protest the National Summit across town.

Robin Buckson / The Detroit News
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21st Century Toledo: Urban Prairie

US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/financialcrisis/5516536...

"The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature.

Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area."

The Best Cities for Men ...

Askmen.com have compiled a list of the best cities for men using criteria such as employment rate, male-to-female ratio, frequency of sporting events and the cost of a pint of beer. Cold hard facts. And although it was a commendable and quasi-scientific effort, we can't resist the urge make a few quasi-jackass remarks on their well-researched presentation from our perch in the back of the class...................

http://www.askmen.com/specials/2009_top_29/

Toledo Foreclosure Defense League Takes Aim at Evictions

I have more on my blog about the newly-formed Toledo Foreclosure Defense League, but if you know someone who is facing foreclosure or eviction, this group of activists might be able to help.

Kaptur now says get a lawyer

Is Marcy changing her tune?

“I have been shocked, shocked with the number of citizens in our district who don’t get legal help,” Kaptur said.

Many people appear to be ashamed of what’s happened, she said. She said she tells people, “Don’t be afraid. Get a lawyer.”

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/articles/2009/02/17/viewpoints/blogs/tom...

The Mortgage Equity-Equalization Program - Tax breaks for lost value

An interesting idea.
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“Finally... A Solution that Helps Main Street”

End Foreclosures.
Empower Individual Homeowners.
Turn “Toxic” Assets Into Valued Assets.

"The Mortgage Equity-Equalization Program"

West Islip, NY – A bold new program to end the mortgage foreclosure crisis was announced today. The “Mortgage Equity-Equalization Program” will end the foreclosure crisis by giving individual homeowners “credits” that are equal to the lost value of their real estate.

Squatters "Rights"?

I'm surprised no one else posted this--

Marcy Kaptur tells homeowners facing eviction to exercise their squatter's rights. She told Congress earlier this month, "I say to the American people, you be squatters in your own homes. Don't you leave," and was interviewed by Lou Dobbs last week on the subject.

Read the Blade story here:http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090131/NEWS16/901310383/0/SPORTS08

Want to buy a high school? The former Macomber High School is for sale

The former Macomber High School at 1501 Monroe St is in foreclosure and set to be sold at the sheriff sale this month. If any of you are interested, bidding will start at 500k. This may be a good time for a charter school to purchase the property. See the attachment for the December list of properties.

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