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  1. "Evening Rose"

    FROM FSU.EDU: FSU Events "Place-Making-The Importance of Creating and Sustaining Public Places That Build Communities" David Wamsley, chief executive officer of K2 Urbancorp, will speak at Florida State University this week as part of the Evan D. Jennings Executive Speaker Series in Real Estate. His talk, "Place-Making-The Importance of Creating and Sustaining Public Places That Build Communities"
  2. "Evening Rose"

    I think you're right about our opinions being closer than our word parsing would suggest.
  3. "Evening Rose"

    ONE: I disagree completely with the inclusionary housing ordinance. It should not be the job of developers to subsidize housing for anyone. TWO: From CNN Money: Homeowners: Upside-down is no way to be: Americans own a lower percentage of their homes than in the past, increasing risk. CNN Money The fact that certain statisticians can spin "home ownership" numbers to record levels does not address the FACT that house prices are going up 10% a year (WAY ahead of income growth) and people are spending a larger percentage of their income on housing costs than they used to. Nor does "home ownership" address the unsustainable debt level of buying too much house relative to the income of the mortgage borrower. Much of this is a product of low, low interest rates, but there are a lot of predatory lenders out there who are willing to lend insane money ($300K+) to people who make $50K a year. THREE: I completely agree with your assertion that Americans' rampant consumerism argues against my case for unreasonable of housing costs. If they have cell phones, cable TV, etc. then they must be able to afford their homes. Yes, to a point. But again we are faced with the credit borrowing habits of Americans and the pervasiveness of large credit lines being offered to people who cannot afford them. I do not suffer fools gladly, and I have very little sympathy for those people who let consumer debt get out of control. SO, what about raising "luxury" taxes on leisure consumption (electronics, cell phones, books, magazines, telecommunication services, alcohol, cigarettes) in order to offset the property tax reduction extended to the first $200K of EVERYBODY's home. After $200K property would be taxed at an equitable rate. This is not "socialism" - we already have a progressive income tax, and an extensive structure of luxury taxes. I am trying to come up with ways of maintaining tax revenues while shifting the burden from necsssities to leisure consumption. FOUR: No, home ownership is not guaranteed in the constitution. BUT we all want to live in a country where hardworking people can afford homes. Again, I am concerned about the people whose incomes are falling behind home costs. This thread is about considering alternatives to the odious inclusionary housing ordinance. How would stjoe recommend addressing housing cost for lower income families? Or is it a problem at all?
  4. "Evening Rose"

    The government IS in the business of protecting the health and welfare of its citizens. If fewer and fewer people can afford housing, the rich are going to be in real trouble. I am far from advocating a socialist model of income redistribution, but I would support tax laws that acknowledge the fundamental difference between a wage-earner's one family home (@ $150k) and a wealthy investor's second or third vacation home (@ $1mil.) Governments should tax essentials differently from non-essentials (that is why food is sales-tax free and alcohol and cigarettes are subject to vice taxes and yachts are subject to luxury taxes.) In virtually every case (within a progressive property tax schema) the rich will still be able to afford large, luxurious homes and vacation properties. And by "POOR," I hope you aren't imagining a bunch of high-school dropouts. I am talking about teachers, clerks, restauraunt workers, retail workers, custodial workers, day-care workers, construction workers, librarians, graphic designers... nowadays these people cannot afford first homes. I do believe that society owes these hardworking and supremely important workers an opportunity to invest in real property. This is smart economics.
  5. "Evening Rose"

    So is individual and family debt. And savings are at an all time low. MOST new home owners buy their houses with adjustible rate mortgages. These people are already living on the edge of their paychecks. When the prime lending rate moves up three or four points over the next two years, this will add several hundred dollars a month to the mortgage payments of people with new 200k-300k homes. Who out there could easily absorb a $300 increase in their monthly payment? Plus there is the issue of reappraisal for tax purposes. Only now are people beginning to realize that all of that 'equity' in their home is costing them thousands a year in taxes. When these 'higher-end' homes become unaffordable to working people, they will look to downsize, and there is nothing below. People will be trapped with high housing costs, and there will be much, much less left over for cell phones, cable TV, etc.
  6. "Evening Rose"

    I am also against it, and for many of the same reasons. I do feel that housing prices are inflated beyond the level that most young working people can afford, but the answer is not to tack together a few efficiencies in among the luxury developments. If Tallahassee / Leon County wants to get serious about making more homes affordable, it should use its tax authority to reduce or eliminate the taxes paid on "low-income" family homes. While progressive to the extreme, if the first $200k of the private home's value were exempted and amounts over $200k were taxed at a higher rate, revenues could stay the same while reducing the cost of home ownership for working people. It might also see a general revision of the values of higher-end homes downward to sane levels. The Democrat article said that K2 is planning for some "Evening Rose" homes to be in the $800k range - this is just silly, when you think of a 36-acre parcel densely built-up with condos, townhouses, etc. Why not build a village where homes are in the $150k-$300k range and leave the mansions for more exclusive neighborhoods? Who wants a new $800k home with $150k neighbors?
  7. "Evening Rose"

    Today's Democrat has a little more information about K2 Urbancorp's 36-acre residential/commercial development at Mahan and Capital Circle NE. This should get us started. "A Tallahassee builder said Wednesday he's starting construction on the first housing development to conform to the city's new "inclusionary housing" ordinance, which has been challenged in court as unconstitutional. "The city asked us if we could voluntarily show we could set aside 10 percent of the homes," Dave Wamsley, owner of K2 Urbancorp, said of the Evening Rose development near Mahan Drive and Capital Circle Northeast." Tallahassee Democrat: Builder goes "inclusionary" How does Urbanplanet feel about the "inclusionary housing" ordinance?
  8. TallySheet

    Correctly answering your question depends on if we are comparing size to size, or general attractiveness. In the case of Tally, I would say that we are not yet just right, definitely not too large, but not thin on looks or substance. Average isn't inspiring enough for me - I want a petite-medium beauty of a city.
  9. TallySheet

    Hey TaureanJ! I have been wondering for some time why my identity box has a "warn" feature that others don't. Do you know a way to remove this. It makes me feel like I'm on probation. Thanks, - P
  10. Welcome to UrbanPlanet Tallahassee

    I noted what a great organizer we have in TaureanJ and then deviated from his suggested mode of introduction. * * * Name: P. McLane Age: 31 Occupation: Museum Curator / Arts Administrator Schools: University of Florida (Sociology); Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russia (History); Florida State University (Art History) Hometown: Birmingham, AL Hobbies: travel, books, cooking, home remodeling, gardening, city walking Other cities I've lived in: Birmingham, Tampa, Gainesville, Moscow * * *
  11. Welcome to UrbanPlanet Tallahassee

    Greetings Everyone, I have been in Tallahassee for five years, originally as a short-term graduate student, but now plan to make the city my home for a good long while. I work for the FSU Museum of Fine Arts and College of Visual Arts and Dance as associate curator and coordinator of the FDCA Art in State Buildings Program. I have been reading TaureanJ's most excellent Tallahassee edition of Urbanplanet daily since its inception and finally decided to join.