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East Street Cycle Link And Safety Improvements Proposed

Creating a safe environment for people travelling around
the City Rail Link (CRL) Karangahape Station construction
zone is behind a proposed East Street cycleway link and
safety improvements on the surrounding
streets.

Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing a range
of tactical changes including a cycleway link between Te Ara
I Whiti – Lightpath and Karangahape Road, via East
Street.

AT Programme Manager, Ian Howell says “With
the number of heavy trucks entering the CRL worksite
continuing to increase, we want to ensure that people
walking, riding bikes, or driving through this area are safe
and protected,” he says.

The proposal includes
turning East Street into a one way for vehicles northbound
between Canada and Galatos Streets and installing a two-way
protected cycleway.

Speed tables will be also
installed to create a slower-speed environment for all road
users. To assist with

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Downtown Arlington shops celebrate Abram Street remodel

As Hershey Jones set up his namesake restaurant in downtown Arlington in late 2019, Abram Street was undergoing a facelift of its own.

The arterial roadway, running from downtown to the Grand Prairie city limits, had been under some form of construction since 2014. Workers roped off lanes to install new drainage or sewer pipes or reduced lanes to make space for wider sidewalks or lighting. For Jones’ first several months running Hershey’s Palace at 513 E. Abram St., construction complicated parking and downtown.

“It raised a flag,” he said, “but I saw that it was further completed than from the time that I did what I had to do, that it wouldn’t affect me as much.”

Now, as the city puts the finishing touches on the project, Jones is seeing more people walk around — and passersby are seeing more of the businesses that line the street.

“We want

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Unassuming Nevada Home Features an Old-Timey Main Street in the Basement

In a Nevada house that is now on the market for $445,000, it’s possible to take a stroll down Main Street without leaving the comforts of home.

The main floor of a home on Cottonwood Drive in Elko, NV, resembles many open-concept tract homes we’ve seen, but the basement is the real showstopper.

“The basement is like a little oasis to entertain people,” explains the listing agent, Gabriella Spring. “It has a fully functioning café, a barbershop, a 13-seat theater, and the walkways are cobblestone. It’s pretty cool.”

The home measures in at 4,116 square feet, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

“You have no clue [the basement is there] until you walk all the way down the steps,” Spring explains. “The upstairs is so nice and luxurious, so when you go downstairs, it’s refreshing. It’s a little escape.”

Exterior of house in Elko, NV

Fawn Leach Photography

Basement
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How To Hide Your Home From Creepy Google Street View Snooping

The news this week that Google has removed images from Street View that allowed virtual hikes to the summit of Uluru, a sacred location in Australia’s Northern Territory, raises a serious question. Where does this mapping-meets-real-world service shift from being a genuinely useful guide to an invasion of personal privacy or, worse, an insensitive and inappropriate compromise of the rights and freedoms of others?

What started more than a decade ago as a demonstration of Google’s prowess has gotten out of hand. Yes, Street View can be useful, but if today you touted the idea of sending surveillance cars past our houses to take photos to share with the world, if you allowed users to upload their own photos “where Street View cars have never driven before,” you’d prompt a backlash. And rightly so.

Right now, you can ask Google to blur out your house—if

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$6.8 million in improvements to 24th Street delight university | Articles

CORRIDOR THROUGH CREIGHTON CAMPUS IS REDESIGNED TO PRIORITIZE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Creighton University celebrated improvements Thursday to 24th Street, which runs through the heart of the university.

The City of Omaha contributed $3.9 million and Creighton $2.9 million, the university said.

The project is designed to slow traffic, making

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Wall Street home loans aren’t looking great in this crisis

Home for sale in San Francisco, California.


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Wall Street’s foray back into lending to homeowners with spotty credit isn’t looking great during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s still early days, but delinquencies on residential mortgages bundled into private bond deals, or without government backing, have shot up to about 18% as of July from a low of about 4% in January, according to Goldman Sachs.

Wall Street home loans


Goldman Sachs

That’s a dip from a recent high of more than 20%.

The Goldman chart breaks out the performance of loans in “non-QM” bond deals from those pegged as “prime,” a category that unsurprisingly has reported far lower delinquencies of 30-days or more.

Prime borrowers typically have credit scores of 670 or higher, with those in the subprime category closer to an 580 to 669 range, according to Experian, a credit reporting bureau.

In Wall Street parlance, “non-QM”

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Salem council appropriates funds for Main Street improvements, business grant program | Local News

Construction is set to begin near the intersection of Broad and Main Streets as part of Salem’s latest streetscape improvement project.

The Salem City Council accepted an additional $310,734 in federal funding for the project. The new grant requires local funds totaling more than $200,000, which will be paid with a community development block grant, according to city documents.

More than $600,000 was put toward the project in 2018 from federal grants and local matches. The funding will be used on streetscape and intersection improvements from the west side of the intersection at Broad Street and East Main Street to the east side of White Oak Alley.

Improvements include wider sidewalks, renovated crosswalks, new lighting and landscaping.

The project is the latest for Salem’s downtown revitalization and streetscape improvements. City Manager Jay Taliaferro said the project on East Main Street between Thompson Memorial Drive and Brand Avenue is nearing completion.

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Single mum’s Newcomb renovation sets price benchmark for street

A single mum’s DYI renovation effort has set a new price benchmark for a Newcomb street on the border of East Geelong.

Interior design enthusiast Chris-maree Wilson sold her revamped character home for $660,000 after a bidding war between two buyers.

The sale of the four-bedroom, two bathroom weatherboard house at 33 Boundary Road beat the previous top price in the street by $100,000.

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Ms Wilson and her daughters Paris and Zara spent a year restoring the house and turning the double garage into a ‘she-shed’.

McGrath, Geelong agent Wayne Baker said a local couple outbid Melbourne buyers who inspected the 723sq m property early in the campaign before the capital’s second lockdown.

He said it was great result that set a benchmark for the area.

“It was

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