Record High of Vacant Homes for Sale

The number of vacant homes for sale in the United States set a new record in the first quarter of 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday.

The Census Bureau reported that 2.9 percent of U.S. homes or 2.28 million properties, not including rentals, were vacant and for sale. It was the highest quarterly number as far back to 1956 when records of such vacancies were first kept.

The West had the biggest gain in vacancy rates among home owners, rising to 3.2 percent in the January-March period from 2.6 percent in the same quarter a year earlier. Vacancy rates inched up in the Northeast and remained steady in the Midwest and South.

Source: The Associated Press, Alan Zibel (04/28/2008  )

The Vision Collective presents

Wednesday Nite Exhale
@
The Grounds Coffeehouse in The Historic West End
Open Mic…..Art….Music….And the BEST POUND CAKE EVER!!!
We start at 8pm SHARP!! $ 5 Cover.
Come Exhale with us!  See you there!
The Grounds coffeehouse is located on the lower level of the Skylofts on the corner of Joseph Lowery and Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Park  in the CVS or Skyloft parking lot.
REMEMBER TO EXHALE EVERY
1ST AND 3RD WEDNESDAY
 

 

 

Atlanta is a money pit…

I was very disappointed when I saw the below article on creative loafing.  My water/sewer bill is already ridiculous! Now what??  Sheesh- people complain about how expensive it is to live in NY- to me, Atlanta is worse… aleast New Yorkers make comparable wages …..Can you tell right now that I’m not really feeling ATL?  Well, I’m not feeling ANY place that continues to hit me in my pocket!

Massive water/sewer rate hike may be on the way

April 25th, 2008 by Scott Henry in News

Atlanta residents already bracing for a potential tax hike may also be facing a sharp jump in their water and sewer bills.

Although the Department of Watershed Management won’t deliver its proposed budget to the City Council until May 1, a highly placed source in City Hall says the department is planning to ask for a dramatic 25-percent rate increase.

The department had recently sought to enact a “drought surcharge” to offset residents’ lower water usage – and thus lower water revenue – but was rebuffed by the Council.

“It seems unfair to ask people to conserve water and then penalize them for doing it,” says Councilwoman Clair Muller.

The presumption is that Watershed would simply roll the increase into its upcoming budget proposal, which was already anticipated to include higher rates to pay for the next round of sewer fixes. But Muller says the rumored 25-percent hike is much steeper than was expected – and is likely to inflame more controversy in a City Hall already grappling with a budget crisis.

If such a large increase in water rates is proposed, Muller says she will move to postpone future clean-water projects so the city can keep rates lower but still meet a federal consent order to repair its aging sewers.

Jazz in the Parlour…

that title reminds me of Brooklyn…in my last home (my NY home) we had a “Parlour” .  This room, in many brownstones would have the baby grand piano… I didn’t have the piano but I had/have many Miles, Etta, Ella, Billie and Coltrane records.. that’s right- records!! (ok, ok…I do have some on CD also-lol)

…Which reminds me, I’m looking to purchase a piano- a baby grand.  I  was advisedto keep CraigsList and Freecycle.org on watch- but I’ve only seen uprights offered.  Please keep an eye out for me….maybe I can barter for one, I have kids that can do yard work, ages 7 & 4..-nothing wrong with a little child labor for musical enjoyment, right?  😉

Anyway……

This Sunday- there will be Dinner and  “Jazz in the Parlour” ( wonder if Khe-Khe’s will provide the food- I’m SO there if they will… have you had their sweet potatoes? manmmmmm)

Featuring Juedienne Gordon “Juju” & Friends

Performing a Tribute to Angela Bofill, the Jazz Classics, and Original music

 

Sunday, April 27th 8pm – 11pm

 $15 Advance — $20.00 @ Door

 

[includes Dinner & glass of wine]

@

1756 Westwood Avenue, S.W. Atl. 30310

 

Seating is limited call for reservations: 404-552-8423 or email juedig@hotmail.com