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Appleton Eagle Scout completes major UWO Fox Cities campus community garden renovation

Though it’s near the end of the growing season, a large community garden on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Fox Cities campus is shining brightly as 15 years of overgrowth was removed and new fencing installed.

Garden beautification efforts―two years in the making―were led by Eagle Scout candidate Elijah Eisen, 17, a junior at Appleton North High School, along with support from Bill Bultman, an emeritus faculty member and Rose Marie Lewis, senior technician on the UWO Fox Cities campus.

Eisen provided much-needed tender loving care to the area and installed new fencing to keep deer and other animals at bay. The garden plots allow individuals and families in the community to grow their own food and flowers. The previous fencing was missing and broken and allowed deer to feast on the garden “like a buffet,” according to gardeners.

With various delays―not the least included the coronavirus pandemic―Eisen is happy

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Home prices are held down by COVID-19 in big cities while climbing sharply in less crowded areas

The housing market has been booming during the COVID-19 crisis, but America’s cities are taking it on the chin.

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And while big cities like New York and San Francisco, in particular, are struggling with falling prices, values in less densely populated cities such as Phoenix and Charlotte, North Carolina, are holding up fairly well, a new analysis shows.

The study underscores that the spread of the virus and the trend toward remote work are driving the housing market, and may continue to restrain price growth in very crowded urban areas while boosting gains in more suburban areas for some time.

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Since the virus began to take a significant toll on public health and the economy in March, many Americans have been fleeing cities for suburban and rural areas both to minimize the risk

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‘Ghost kitchens’ and ‘virtual food halls’ might be the next frontier in Twin Cities dining

Sandwiches had been on Carrie McCabe-Johnston’s mind for two years.

Ever since a family vacation to Florence, Italy, where labyrinth stone streets teem with purveyors of freshly baked bread stuffed with salami or roasted porchetta, she’d been thinking about opening a Florence-style sandwich shop back home.

The founder and chef of Bonafide Hospitality, which includes Nightingale in Minneapolis, McCabe-Johnston was searching for a place for the shop last fall, but put the idea on hold when she didn’t find the right fit.

Then came COVID-19, and as her other dining rooms and bars temporarily closed to customers, sandwiches came to mind once again. Only this time, finding a space wasn’t necessary.

McCabe-Johnston launched Lake City Sandwiches last month as an evening-only, delivery-only business operating out of Nightingale’s kitchen. “It’s our little ghost kitchen,” she said. “Complete with its own branding.”

By starting a new restaurant within a restaurant, albeit one

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Jim Sowle’s New Franchise Expands Fresh Coat Painters into Park Cities, Highland Park, University Park and NW Dallas

Fresh Coat Painters of Highland Park serves Park Cities, Highland Park, University Park and Northwest Dallas.

HIGHLAND PARK, Texas (PRWEB) September 21, 2020

After a career in business leadership, Jim Sowle is pleased to announce the launch of his new, local company – Fresh Coat Painters of Highland Park.

Fresh Coat Painters offers residential and commercial painting services including interior and exterior painting, sealing and staining; pressure washing; popcorn ceiling and wall paper removal; and drywall repair. Fresh Coat Painters of Highland Park has a 24/7 receptionist, online scheduling and free detailed quotes, and they only use high-quality materials. Fresh Coat Painters of Highland Park serves Park Cities, Highland Park, University Park and Northwest Dallas.

“Fresh Coat Painters has a proven system that is built around a focus on quality and customer service and I’m looking forward to bringing that to my community. We have skilled, background-checked painters, so we

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The four cities around the world where home prices have been dropping

  • A report by UBS analyzed the 25 major urban housing markets around the world and found annual housing price growth for 21 of them from the second quarter of 2019 to the second quarter of 2020.
  • The 4 urban markets that saw housing prices decline span from China to the United States.
  • San Francisco, Hong Kong, Madrid, and Dubai each saw prices fall on an inflation-adjusted basis over the four quarters.
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On a global scale, the housing market has shown strength during the coronavirus pandemic, despite the economic downturn. 

A recent report by UBS identified three factors for its resilience.

First, as home prices are a backward-looking indicator of the economy, UBS said they therefore react with a delay to economic downturns. The number of transactions declined in most cities in the second quarter of 2020 compared with the previous year, “complicating price

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Pace of home-price growth is ‘unsustainable’ in many global cities, warns UBS

The view from a Brooklyn neighborhood on Tuesday. The UBS report gave a mixed picture for New York City real estate.


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The coronavirus pandemic may have triggered the worst global downturn in more than 60 years, but home prices in the world’s biggest cities still have shot higher into the stratosphere.

Instead of a plunge, it’s been four quarters in a row of home-price growth for major cities, as governmental fiscal support and central banks’ monetary policies have kept the party going, according to a new UBS Global Wealth Management report.

As a result, it still would take 20 years for a highly skilled service worker to be able to buy a 650-square-foot apartment near Hong Kong’s city center, according to its findings.

In Paris, it would take about 17 years of work to buy a similarly sized property, while in New York City it runs closer to

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Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Accelerate the Most Since 2018

(Bloomberg) — Home prices in 20 U.S. cities gained in July, pushed higher by demand for housing that has been fueled by low mortgage rates.



a view of a city: Single-family homes with rooftop solar panels and backyard pools are seen in this aerial photograph taken over a Lennar Corp. development in San Diego, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. U.S. sales of previously owned homes surged by the most on record in July as lower mortgage rates continued to power a residential real estate market that’s proving a key source of strength for the economic recovery.


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Single-family homes with rooftop solar panels and backyard pools are seen in this aerial photograph taken over a Lennar Corp. development in San Diego, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. U.S. sales of previously owned homes surged by the most on record in July as lower mortgage rates continued to power a residential real estate market that’s proving a key source of strength for the economic recovery.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index of property values increased 3.9% from 2019, beating the estimate of 3.6%. It was the biggest year-over-year increase since December 2018.

The housing market has been an unexpected bright spot for the U.S. economy, with Americans eager to take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. A shortage of inventory has helped

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Cities Struggle As Household Trash Piles Up During Pandemic : NPR

A man wearing a protective mask looks at piled-up trash in New York City on April 24. Cities are struggling with collection as the volume of residential garbage surges during the stay-at-home era.

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A man wearing a protective mask looks at piled-up trash in New York City on April 24. Cities are struggling with collection as the volume of residential garbage surges during the stay-at-home era.

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From empty pizza boxes to Amazon cartons, household trash cans are overflowing with the refuse of our new, stay-at-home era — and cities are struggling to keep up.

Residential trash volume spiked as much as 25% this spring, according to the trade group Solid Waste Association of North America. It has shrunk a bit since then but remains well above pre-pandemic levels.

For garbage collectors, that means longer workdays and more

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An Analysis of Smart and Fast Cities in the Context of High-End Design

Dublin, Sept. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The “Smart and Fast Cities” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

The goal of the Smart & Fast Cities report is to provide high-end design companies and contract players with a tool to identify potential locations where to set their mono-brand stores, keeping into account potential synergies (for instance the presence of complementary brands) as well as an indicator of the cost of the area. It provides the industry, in general, with an analysis on the medium-term trends affecting the main cities worldwide.

In general, the report is intended to cater to all the companies operating in all the durable consumer goods segments. More specifically, an in-depth analysis is addressed to two of the core-business segments: kitchen furniture and lighting fixtures.

The report provides profiles of 151 cities worldwide with a selection of economic and demographic indicators (2013 and 2018), estimates of

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