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A Surprisingly Walkable Neighborhood

Hi Tom, big fan of "On Ramp". I agree completely. Having lived in NYC most of my life and as I got older living in Europe, it became far clearer how much I missed walking after moving to San Diego and having to commute to work by automobile. I did live in the downtown/gaslamp area for the better part of 6 years when I first got here to SD and adjusted very well to our urban life. When I bought my house, I made sure that I was within a fair walking distance to a trolley stop. I suppose from an outsiders perspective, I had no preconceived notions about urban life in SD. I was more adept to managing "getting around town" by utilizing mass transit, walking and biking in other cities. I am also naive enough to really compare SD to other cities. I have learned that in all my years getting around, most of our time when we are not working is being within close proximity to where we live. This is why walkability is so important in our auto centric culture. I really do think we will head into this direction in San Diego and as the baby boomer generation dwindles, the younger generations will embrace knowing that they have multiple means of transport besides a car.

April 14, 2011 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kids And The Funnies

Wow, I always felt that kids tend to gravitate to not only the household environment, but how parents respond to certain actions (enthusiastic, maybe a back story behind the action). In this case it appears that having some emotional and historic tie to your own current and family backstory has given a certain authenticity to the funnies which your kids might feel more 'attached' to. On a side note, my father was a pressman for the New York Times and has since retired. Growing up with the emergence of the internet and digital content has its pros and cons. To this day for as much as he reads news on the internet, the "feeling" of a newspaper is what he really prefers. But then again, he insists that a vinyl record sounds better than a CD and that a CD sounds too "anti-septic" as he says. haha

March 22, 2011 at 10:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Will You Pay For News?

This sure is the million dollar question is it? For one, I would pay, however....I use a site like google news to pull from various sources of media. Sometimes the NYTimes for example would be one of the filtered views that I have on my google newspage. There are also many stories that are shared with the AP that appear on various media outlets. Who gets that payment if I am limited to 20 free clicks on said new website if the AP is creating articles and the NYTImes is publishing it? Until we get some more transparency or a medium that matters to me more (personal) like google news is, I will continue to get the same coverage. The only part that see a benefit for a site like the NYTimes or KPBS is from archives, exclusives or if there is an added benefit like choosing to nominate a certain % of my subscription to a charity or membership with KPBS for example. Its like musician that are having to "Repackage" their albums for itunes vs hard copy CDs. There needs to be something more that isnt something that I wont fund useful. Archives are not useful to me if I am not able to save them for me to use for future use.

March 20, 2011 at 9:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Indian Gambling Revenue Falls In California

I wonder if the crackdown on EBT cards as gambling cash being thwarted has had a dramatic impact on said revenue declines?

March 7, 2011 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Free Trash PickUp Threatened For Thousands of San Diego Residents

I dont live in the City of SD so I pay for trash collection to a private hauling co.

1919 is paid for by taxes. So its not really free. Sounds like something else that will go bye bye in the City of SD. Enron by the Sea just cant shake San Diego's image when newsbits like this come to light.

March 2, 2011 at 2:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Push To Limit Labor Rights Taking Place In San Diego

Dianem, I am the son of a union worker that spent 30+ years on a printing press for a very large newspaper corporation. It was full of hazardous chemicals, breathing in dust etc.

I heard him complain at times about the conditions he worked in over the years and you know what he said? "This is what I signed up for and it has given me a very good life". For you to 'estimate' hours worked for a job like firefighting vs someone that has a desk job is complete folly. These are adults choosing a path they choose. There are no guarantees in life. Its like saying a hexagon is a more honorable shape than square because its used for Stop signs.

February 25, 2011 at 12:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Hustles To OK Building Projects

"San Diego is jumping on the bandwagon with both feet. The philosophy seesm to be: If you’re going to go on a spending spree, why not make it a big one? "

Might want to recheck this paragraph again. There is a typo.

February 19, 2011 at 1:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

San Diego Home Sales Drop In January

I bought a home as a traditional sale and feel extremely lucky. The sellers were retired and ready to get out of CA and cash in. The condition of the house is more than excellent and the upgrades done by the sole/previous owner are top notch. However, after house hunting for more than 6 months, this was not the case for 99% of the homes I was looking at. I have seen everything from amateur flips to total tear downs. The house was listed and sold the same day.

Would the sellers have gotten more money 4 or 5 years ago? You bet, but since this thing was paid off a LONG time ago, it was all gravy to them and they bought their new place with cash.

Yes the market is terrible, but the inventory within certain price brakcets and zip codes can be plain awful. Neglected homes either form poor past ownership or mortgage walk aways.

In this market, I say, dont compromise too much. There are certainly deals out there but you have to be patient and be ready to go in high if its priced well with the right amenities because a whole heck of a lot of other buyers are out there waiting too.

February 15, 2011 at 2:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

High-Speed Rail Has A High-Profile Critic

Habits are hard to break. Driving is part of a lifestyle we have embraced since waiting to get a license at age 16 or 17 depending on which state you are from. High Speed rail, while an admirable task to take on, doesnt really seem to promote any groundbreaking alternative to getting from point A to point B, it only overlays alternatives to common routes. When rail was first laid down, it was pioneering in carrying the masses across the US. With airplanes and cars already available to us, this seems like a small step with a large price tag. A friend of mine asked if I remembered life before cell phones. While I do, I cant imagine not having one now. Will I feel this way about high speed rail should it come to fruition? Probably not, although it would be a nice alternative to have.

February 14, 2011 at 4:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pent-up Housing Demand Will Soon Rip Loose

Tom, I remember you your personal story on that a few months back was it?

I agree with Karevoli to a certain extent, although calling it a tsunami seems a bit extreme.

In a broader sense, I dont think there was a housing bubble per se, it was a credit bubble and more so the ability to obtain financing without much enforced restrictions. Real estate became one of the biggest assets within that credit bubble as were car purchases and credit card usage.
As a national crises, this one is makes for a nice slice of a chapter in an Econ 101 book :)

February 8, 2011 at 1:35 p.m. ( | suggest removal )