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    Logic1000: You’ve Got the Whole Night to Go EP | Review – Pitchfork - February 9, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Logic1000 debuted in 2018 with an undoubtedly excellent self-titled EP, packed with tracks that tip between techno, IDM, and garage. The record put her firmly on the map as a producer to watch, and dance heavyweightsmost notably Four Tetchampioned Logic1000 consistently. But while the EP was a strong introduction to Logic1000 as an artist, she herself has admitted that the production was scattered.

    Recently, Logic1000 has been curating her own musical identity through remixes; her work for Lpsley, Christine and the Queens, and Caribou has allowed her to find a throughline in her own sound through the additions of her signature clean garage beats and hook-bolstering harmonies. These act as a strong introduction to her latest EP Youve Got the Whole Night to Go and give a taste of Logic1000 as a producer with a keen ear for melding the underground with pop-worthy hooks. Though just four songs, it shows Logic1000 flexing her stamina and spinning ideas more consistently across the EP.

    Central to the feel of Youve Got the Whole Night to Go is a sense of expansiveness throughout, from the wafting trance drones and the vocal samples fed back and forth through a tape machine on Like My Way to the airy, echoing melody and bouncing bassline of Medium that sound as though theyre reverberating around an empty dance floor. This spaciousness unites each track in spite of the EPs varying genre aspirationsI Wont Forget gives lighthearted house; and Medium is eclectic and glitchy, whereas Her ends the EP on a downright dirty, sweaty, techno note. It all grants Logic1000s productions a touch of something bigger that stretches outward and upward, hinting at her ability to reach beyond the underground to break into a wider consciousness.

    Youve Got the Whole Night to Go also works as a concept album, tracing the almost forgotten flutters and rushes of a good night out. Like My Way functions as a pregame track, the light trance paired with sharp hi-hats and a cheeky ascending bassline echoing the heady mixture of vague excitement and nerves. The way the muffled melody of I Wont Forget gradually becomes clearer is reminiscent of the sudden clarity of music that hits when the club doors fling open. A strained vocal sample cuts through with I wont forget, but the rest of the sentence is lost in the first muffled voice, as though the remembering is more important than the thing remembered. The immersive hard techno of closing track Her recalls that exact moment halfway through the night when you feel you could continue full-throttle forever. It seems cruel that a release that speaks so potently to the club experience probably wont be played in its proper setting for a while, but for the moment, its a necessary simulation of it.

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    Cyberpunk 2077 DLC: What CDPR Needs To Add First | Screen Rant – Screen Rant - January 3, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    CD Projekt Red announced that it would release a free DLC update in "early 2021." Here are three simples features it needs to add.

    CD Projekt Red announced thatCyberpunk 2077will receive a free DLC additionin "early 2021." The Polish developer didn't reveal anything other than the update's vague release window on December 29, but it might have a lot planned for the coming year. Cyberpunk 2077'sfree DLC's landing page stated that it "starts to hit Night City" in the first few months of 2021, which suggest the content will be a rolling series of updates, much like what was added toThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

    CDPR had previously teased its plans for a complimentaryDLCpackbeforeCyberpunk 2077'scontroversial and buggyrelease on December 10. Since then the developer has focused on shipping a steady stream offixes to address the game's most flagrant hitches.Players who have already sunk tens, if not hundreds, of hours exploring Night City now have new features and improvements to look forward to, but what will Cyberpunk's free DLC include?

    Related: What Cyberpunk 2077's Best Starting Area Is

    CDPR hasn't unveiledwhat it's cooking up for the update just yet, but theinitial addition will likely be on the lighter side and won't change the overarching narrative of the title. The company is planninga premiumCyberpunk 2077 expansionfurther down the line that will take players "deeper into the world of Cyberpunk 2077, offering substantial, story-driven content." Don't expect a monumental facelift to Night City in early 2021, but there are still plenty of small changes CDPR canmake to improve its latest title's immersiveness and replayability.

    For a world that's obsessed with cybernetic body modifications, it's ludicrous that players can't change theirCyberpunkcharacter's hairstyle and facial hair after the character creation menu. Ripperdocsseem like the perfect merchants to offer these styling services and they should also extend their expertise to makeup, eye-color, teeth, and most, if not all, of V's physical traits.

    CDPRadded barbers intoThe Witcher 3as part of a free DLC update, so it's likely this feature will eventually make it intoCyberpunk 2077. If players can embed a Mantis Bladeinto V's arm, they should be able to change their in-game appearance whenever they want.

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    The Best Stories From a NASCAR Season They Said Couldn’t Be Done – Autoweek - January 3, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    They said it couldnt be done back in April.

    In the midst of the COVID-19 shutdown, NASCAR officials were deep in the complicated work of trying to save the 2020 season. It wasnt just enough for league president Steve Phelps to complete a partial season. The industry needed to reach 38 televised Cup Series events.

    Without the full slate, teams would not receive the complete allotment of NASCARs broadcast money and couldnt afford to send cars to tracks. The sanctioning body would not meet the terms of its TV agreements.

    Two months and nine weeks passed without a green flag. The completion of a full season that ended short of Thanksgiving felt like a near impossibility. There were just too many moving parts to navigate.

    The tracks owned by either NASCAR itself or Speedway Motorsports Inc. provided flexibility, but the Cup Series was also contractually obligated to compete at independent venues Indianapolis, Pocono and Dover.

    A self-inflicted complication was that NASCAR also wanted to complete the regular season in time to contest the 10 Cup Series playoff races as originally scheduled.

    To do so, NASCAR and its TV partners would need to mutually agree to several midweek races, which would also be complicated by the eventual resumption of the stick and ball season. At one point during the summer, a major first happened when the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NASCAR all contested events at the same time.

    Talk about crowded airwaves.

    And yet, NASCAR was able to become the first major televised sport to return from the shutdown, accomplishing all of its goals with a regular season that largely ran in Sunday-Wednesday-Sunday intervals from May to September.

    That asked a lot from fans, officials, competitors, broadcasters and the independent media.

    Certain states wouldnt permit fans, and some like California or New York, wouldnt allow events whatsoever. To contain costs, additional races were added close to home at Charlotte and Darlington. The All-Star Race was moved from Charlotte to Bristol because Tennessee permitted up to 30,000 fans. Watkins Glen was replaced with the Daytona Road Course.

    It worked.

    NASCAR completed a full regular season, teams got paid, and the playoffs took place as scheduled. The campaign ended with the divisions most popular driver (Chase Elliott) winning three of the final five races to capture his first championship.

    He won when it mattered the most, upsetting historic seasons by Denny Hamlin (7 wins) and Kevin Harvick (9 wins) to capitalize on the playoff format.

    The 2021 schedule was released to much fanfare. There are several new teams on the grid at the expense of several veteran departures.

    AD 2020 was a frustrating year for numerous reasons but NASCAR ended it with a considerable amount of momentum.

    In no particular order, here are the stories from the 2020 NASCAR season that well be talking about for years to come.

    The 2020 Season Was Completed

    For nine weeks, and after just four races to start the season, NASCAR was shut down by COVID-19 in exchange for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. In the meanwhile, series officials were at work putting together a schedule for all three national tours that essentially amounted to one-day shows without practice or qualifying sessions.

    NASCAR scheduled doubleheaders for Michigan and Dover, alongside the pre-scheduled one at Pocono -- in addition to the points races at Charlotte and Darlington for cost containment purposes.

    When Watkins Glen couldnt happen, NASCAR pivoted to add a replacement race on the Daytona International Speedway Road Course. Chicagoland, Sonoma and Richmond were canceled in exchange for the races in the Carolinas a byproduct of the flexibility of NASCAR and SMI owning a majority of the dates.

    "I believe (we were) the only sport that finished a full season," Phelps said. "The NFL is obviously in the midst of theirs. We are hopeful that they continue with their progress and finish their season. But as of now, as of tomorrow, we're the only major sport that finished a full season. (Im) certainly proud of that."

    Out With the Old, In With the New

    The NASCAR Cup Series ownership pool is about to get younger and more diverse.

    Consider the stalwarts of ownership before we look at the fresh faces: Chip Ganassi is 62. Gene Haas is 68. Rick Hendrick is 71. Jack Roush is 78. Joe Gibbs is 80. Roger Penske is 83.

    Sure, some of these teams will be inherited by their next-generation successors, but the Cup Series needed a fresh coat of paint, and it will get it next season following a considerable amount of ownership turnover in advance of the Next-Gen cars debut in 2022.

    Archie St. Hilaire (61) has sold his ownership charter for Go Fas Racing to the new Live Fast Motorsports team owned by BJ McLeod (37) and Matt Tifft (24) with McLeod behind the wheel. Justin Marks (39) has launched Team Trackhouse with an ambitious diversity and education platform with Daniel Suarez behind the wheel.

    NASCAR spotter and executive turned sports agent Jeff Dickerson (45) will expand his Spire Motorsports entry into a two-car effort after purchasing the charter owned by Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine (76).

    And, of course, the most notable additions to the ownership landscape are Denny Hamlin (40) and Michael Jordan (57) with the launch of 23XI Racing for driver Bubba Wallace

    Bubba Wallace and Social Activism

    Few things in NASCAR are transcendent these days, but Bubba Wallace generated headlines across sports, pop culture and the mainstream this summer for his increased activity and leadership within the social activism realm.

    Wallace is the only full-time Black driver across all three NASCAR national touring divisions and the first since Wendell Scott from 1961-1973. He called for NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag this summer, which it did, and raced at Martinsville Speedway in June with a #BlackLivesMatter scheme.

    At Talladega in June, NASCAR officials found a garage pull-down rope fastened as a noose within the stall that housed his Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Chevrolet. An FBI investigation determined that the rope was tied that way since the previous race in October, when it contained another car, and determined that a hate crime had not been committed.

    "Whether it was tied sometime throughout 2019, the fall race there, someone did it with whatever intent they had," Wallace said. "We werent in that garage stall at that time, so we cant say it was directed toward me, which is good. It wasnt directed toward me or my family.

    "But somebody still knows how to tie a noose and whether they did it as a bad joke or not, who knows? But it was good for the public to see. It still wont change some peoples mind of it being a hoax, but it is what it is."

    Michael Jordan and 23XI Racing

    Jimmie Johnson's (Sort Of) Retirement

    Its not a goodbye, but its essentially a see you over there kind of thing.

    Thats the best way to describe the retirement of NASCAR Cup Series living legend Jimmie Johnson. After seven championships, 83 wins and two decades of dominance, Johnson is simply trying something different.

    Johnson has signed a two-year deal to race on the road and street courses in IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing and has teased an openness to attempt the Indianapolis 500, too.

    Meanwhile, the 2020 season wasnt the send-off everyone had imagined when Johnson first announced his retirement. The pandemic began four weeks into the season, and tracks were forced to say goodbye the best way they could, even if most had little to no fans.

    Johnson didnt win a race and he missed the playoffs by six points. He was forced to miss the Brickyard 400 due to a positive COVID-19 test and that was likely enough to derail his championship hopes.

    There were other disappointments too, like a disqualification for a technical infraction in the Coca-Cola 600 that cost the No. 48 team 45 points after a second-place finish. He also crashed from the lead in the first race back from the shutdown at Darlington. He was fifth-place in points at the time.

    He ended his full-time career with a fifth-place run at Phoenix.

    "I thought I hit bottom a few times, and there was a bottom a little lower than what I envisioned," Johnson said. "I felt like on track there was mistakes that I made, and we had issues, times where the team made mistakes, had bad luck on track, supposedly had COVID and missed the Brickyard 400. There were just many lows that kept rolling. When I thought that was it, there was another low. I just had to figure out how to put a smile on my face."

    The Wildly Different 2021 Schedule

    The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series schedule looks radically different than any that has come before it.

    To start, there will be seven races on road courses next year, more than double the amount from the previous two seasons and the most since there were four on the 1964 schedule.

    Three of these races will take place on new venues or configurations: Circuit of the Americas, Road America and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, which replaces the Brickyard 400 on the tracks legendary oval layout.

    But wait, theres more!

    For the first time in 50 years, the NASCAR Cup Series will also contest a race on dirt. The annual spring event at Bristol will see its high banked concrete surface temporarily covered in clay for a doubleheader with the Truck Series.

    The last of the new additions is a return to the Nashville region, home to one of NASCARs strongest and most loyal audiences, with a tripleheader at Nashville Superspeedway.

    Absent from the schedule are Chicagoland Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Texas Motor Speedway will only host one points paying race but gains the All-Star Race from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    "We said back early in 2018 that we wanted to evolve the schedule," said NASCAR Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O'Donnell. "2020 was going to be a year where we could make some moves within the portfolio of races we had. You're going to see some really bold changes from NASCAR in 2021 and beyond. We believe we've delivered on that."

    Kyle Busch's Championship Hangover

    It has been a long time since the previous years champion suffered a hangover, but thats exactly what happened to Kyle Busch in 2020.

    The two-time champion won just once, and that triumph came after he had been eliminated from the playoffs.

    Worse yet, he called when he would be eliminated. Busch finished eighth in the standings, his worst such result since 2014. His average finish of 13.8 was his worst since 2010. He had won 26 races in the previous five seasons combined.

    As a result, Busch will be given a new crew chief in Ben Beshore, with Adam Stevens (the architect of his two championships) moving over to the No. 20 team to work with Christopher Bell.

    "We obviously weren't good enough," Busch said. "We weren't able to capitalize and do what we needed to do ... [My team members] give full effort, man. There's no quit. But it just hasn't quite lined up for us this year."

    Ryan Newman's Daytona 500 Crash

    Ryan Newman will contest the full Cup Series schedule for a 20th time in 2021, but he isnt sure how thats possible.

    The Rocket Man believes he should have died at the end of the 2020 Daytona 500.

    He was involved in a crash coming to the checkered flag of the Great American Race when he was turned sideways into the wall, flipped upside down and then hit on the drivers side door by an oncoming Corey Lajoie.

    He was rushed to the hospital for what was later described as a bruised brain, where he left two days later holding the hands of his two daughters, a surprise to everyone. Newman called it a miracle and a testament to NASCARs safety initiatives.

    He missed just three races as the COVID-19 pandemic shut the season down for two months just three weeks after his injury. He was cleared for competition by May.

    "Its great to be alive," Newman said. "If you looked at my car, its a miracle."

    Kyle Larson's Slur, Exile and Return

    Kyle Larson has experienced a remarkable journey, both professionally and personally, during the 2020 season.

    Through the first month of the season, Larson had guided the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 team to seventh in the championship standings and looked to be a consistent threat to contend in his final season before reaching free agency.

    Then came the COVID-19 shutdown and Larsons casual usage of a racial slur during an iRacing broadcast. Within two days, every major sponsor on the No. 42 threatened to withdraw support of the team until Larson was removed. Thus, Ganassi fired and replaced him with the retired Matt Kenseth. NASCAR indefinitely suspended the 28-year-old.

    Larson went on to enjoy one of the most remarkable dirt seasons of all-time, winning over 50 features within the confines of a Sprint Car, Midget and Super Late Model. Simultaneously, Larson increased his work with several inner-city youth and diversity foundations as penance for what transpired.

    He was reinstated by NASCAR in October and was signed by Hendrick Motorsports for the 2021 season. He will continue working with NASCAR on diversity programs as per the conditions of his reinstatement.

    "I definitely think theres probably a lot of people out there that have concern about me," Larson said. "Its not something that happens overnight.

    "I think its something that takes time. I think people, as they get to spend more time around me or get to see what Im doing off the racetrack, outside the race car and get to really learn who I am, I think thats when the forgiveness will be there and people will have a more open mind to forgive me.

    "I know that takes time. Its still been such a short time since this all happened that I still have a lot of my reputation to rebuild. I look forward to being around Mr. (Hendrick) and learn a lot off of him because hes probably one of the if not the most respected people in the garage area. It will take time, but I think who I really am will shine through and people will be able to forgive me."

    President Donald J. Trump Attends the Daytona 500

    Donald Trump became just the second sitting president to visit the Daytona 500. George W. Bush attended the 2004 race. He delivered a speech to the crowd before the green flag, met several drivers prior to the drivers meeting, and took several laps around the track in the presidential limo.

    "The Daytona 500 is a legendary display of roaring engines, soaring spirits of the American skills, speed, and power," Trump said in his speech.

    Chase Elliott Wins the Cup Championship

    Chase Elliott captured the NASCAR Cup Series championship at just 24-years-old, adding to the family legacy established his by father and 1988 Cup Series champion Bill Elliott.

    The younger Elliott won three of the final five races, including the final two at Martinsville and Phoenix to hoist the Bill France Cup. The win at Martinsville propelled him to the final four for the first time in his career, after getting denied just short of the championship race in three other playoff appearances.

    Elliott won five times overall and now has 11 wins in 185 starts in addition to his winning the most popular driver award in each of the past three seasons.

    "I've been thinking hard about (why I dont have the words to describe what this means) and I don't know why I can't put it into words," Elliott said. "I think part of it is that it's just a moment that I've wanted my whole life.

    "You want time to stop so bad in that moment and that's just not how time works. You can't just pause. Like anything else in life, when you're having fun, time flies.

    "So, I had that moment, one that I couldn't ask for anything more and time just cruises on. And it's hard to sit down right now and think too much about it, because if you do, time flies and we'll be right back in Daytona. So, I'm getting there. I don't know that I'm there yet, but I'm getting there."

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    That Jeremy Ebobisse loan rumor, and what it means for 2021 (whether it happens or not) – Stumptown Footy - January 3, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Earlier this week, a report surfaced via ESPN that the Portland Timbers were exploring options for sending Jeremy Ebobisse out on loan to a team in the German 2. Bundesliga. It set off a bit of a discussion amongst Timbers fans, both on twitter and in the comments section, around its validity, rationale, and potential impact for both player and club. Despite being only a reported rumor in its current state (one that doesnt even merit a post on the league website at this moment, for what its worth), the prospect clearly struck a nerve amongst the Rose City faithful.

    In that spirit, it seems appropriate to take a moment to look at why the rumored move might make sense, why it actually might wind up being only a rumor, and what the news itself represents for the future of Jebo in Portland.

    The biggest beneficiary of a potential loan might be Jeremy Ebobisse himself. After putting in another solid season in 2020, Jebo was treated to a December filled with reports of Portland working their hardest to bring back Felipe Mora. This is nothing against Mora, who has proven to be a solid addition to the Rose City. But Ebobisse, despite putting in the work to perhaps earn a starting job, has instead been stuck behind forwards each season hes been in Portland. Now, he faces the prospect of being behind another player who may start ahead of him for another season. With no signs that he will undoubtedly be the starting striker next season, if he wants to start and develop, moving to Europe might make sense.

    It might also make sense for the Timbers if they are choosing to prioritize the impact that Mora and Niezgoda may bring. Rather than deal with a striker conundrum and potentially scorned players, they could make their 2021 forward hierarchy the clearest it can be by letting Ebobisse spend some time away. Of course, they would need to sign at least one player to shore up depth at the forward position, most likely even a couple. But it would make the depth chart much more straightforward for this season at least.

    It may also make the beginning of the season more straightforward as well at least from a playing time and competition perspective. The 2021 season start date is rumored to be in March, but that isnt confirmed at this point, so it could wind up being later in the year. Another complication are the reports from ESPN suggesting that the league is seeking to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement with the MLS Players Association, setting up a potential work stoppage next year (that is a whole can of worms worth its own article at some point in the future).

    In either of the above scenarios, players may be faced with the prospect of not having games to play for an extended period of time. Sending Ebobisse out on loan to play games when he would have none available is good for his development and for the Timbers, as they have a key player getting meaningful minutes where there may be none to be had stateside.

    There are indeed arguments in favor of a loan move for Jeremy Ebobisse. But, as appealing as it may seem on the surface, the deeper you go the more you realize that a loan move probably isnt in the cards.

    Is saying its the silly season enough of an explanation? No, seriously rumors and reports like these around talented players popup every single gosh dang winter. It doesnt matter how many years theyve been with a club, scuttlebutt around players moving or being loaned to places make the rounds on the internet without fail.

    This recent rumor has all of the trappings of one of those. Rather than being shared by a specific journalist or having its own dedicated article, it was included in a running log of transfer notes and rumors. The tweets that have been circulating also do not cite a specific report or journalist, only including that sources have shared the news with ESPN. I do not doubt the stature or reputation of the worldwide leader, but this rumor doesnt quite crack the level of theres some smoke there if youre looking for a fire.

    Plus, Portland will be in dire need of depth at forward this season. Jaroslaw Niezgoda is sidelined for the foreseeable future with an ACL injury, and even if Mora is the presumptive starter, there is need for a backup. The MLS season is long and arduous, and balancing fatigue and injuries are essential for success, with the pandemic making this even more true (just look at how 2020 ended for Portland for evidence of that).

    The Timbers will also be embarking on another CONCACAF Champions League campaign, which in addition to league play and the potential return of the U.S. Open Cup makes three competitions that Portland will want to be competitive in. Managing minutes with depth will be all the more important next year. Moving a player in a key position doesnt make sense- at least, as the roster is currently constructed.

    Does the rumor have legs? Potentially! Theres always at least a grain or two of truth to any transfer season rumor. It is a possibility that a 2. Bundesliga team dialed up the Timbers and potentially inquired about acquiring Ebobisse on loan. Or maybe Portland is doing their due diligence and is asking around for potential fits and taking a players interests into account, as they did with the Marco Farfan and Julio Cascante trades. But the confluence of evidence really doesnt add up to Portland being without one of their key and proven players for such a busy season. I will gladly raise my hand and say I was wrong if it does come to pass. But based on the evidence in front of us right now, a loan move feels unlikely at the current moment.

    Whether the loan happens or not has a to be determined outcome. But that doesnt mean that the news itself wont have immediate impact for the next season of Portland Timbers soccer.

    The loan happening or not has no bearing on the questions that are now being asked around Portlands development plan for Jeremy Ebobisse. He just signed a contract extension with the team in the beginning of 2020, so presumably he still figures into their plans. Whether its as a contributor on the field or a potential asset to be traded or transferred, however, is the question that remains unanswered. And all of that is after you consider what Ebobisse wants for his own career. He has talent and wants to be in a situation to showcase it, but the current situation in Portland may not allow him to do so.

    The fact of the matter is that if Mora returns, Portland has three starting caliber strikers once Niezgoda heals. All are in or are entering their prime, and all represent significant investments. None of them want to be perpetually riding the pine. Its like having three expensive and fancy sports cars; you cant just leave one sitting in the garage collecting rust all year, but you may not have time to drive all three.

    Lets game this out: We can assume that the likeliest outcome will come to pass, and Jebo stays in Portland for 2021. He spends the first chunk of the season backing up Mora, making some spot starts at either forward or as a winger, but mainly comes off the bench. Niezgoda returns around the summer, and then all three forwards trade time a la the way they did in the 2020 season. Lets say Ebobisse has a similar return to what he did in 2020, something around the eight to nine goals, three to four assists range. Solid for his role, but not spectacular numbers or much of an improvement from 2020.

    Ebobisse is a soon-to-be 24-year-old talented forward, a fringe national team player, and one who has been discussed in some circles as having a potential future on the senior USMNT if he can put up better numbers. Can he afford to have his fifth full professional season in MLS be one where he is still a backup and spot starter, even though he has shown that he likely can reach full starter level? Is he satisfied in that role? Im not him or a professional player, so I have no idea. But my gut tells me that a rising young player would want to play as many minutes as they can.

    2021 may represent an inflection point for the Timbers and Jeremy Ebobisse, loan or no loan. Giovanni Savarese, Gavin Wilkinson, and the rest of Portlands decision makers need to decide how they view Jebo as a player. If they still see him as the future of the forward line, there may be some decisions that need to be made around either Moras or Niezgodas futures in Portland. If they see the newer additions as their best chance at sustaining success and winning trophies, it may be in their and Ebobisses best interest to make a call on his fate in green & gold sooner rather than later.

    Either decision carries hefty long term implications. Do you gamble that Ebobisse will develop and blossom, while moving on from proven veteran entities? Or do you potentially miss out on Ebobisse turning into a game-changing forward for your team by moving him? When Portland traded up to draft Ebobisse in the 2017 SuperDraft, they showed that they werent afraid to take a risk to try to find future success. The decision that they make around what to do with Ebobisse in 2021 may prove to be just as risky, and just as impactful.

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    Proposed modern addition to heritage-zone home heads to council, but not without opposition – CBC.ca - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    103 Church Street. The development is proposed for the back of the house. (Google Maps)Fredericton's Planning Advisory Committee has voted to amend the City Centre Institutional Zone to allow for a modern, two-unit addition to a home in the St. Anne's Point Heritage Preservation Area.

    The CCI zone recognizes the unique historic areas within the downtown.

    The house at 103 Church St., across from the Fredericton Cenotaph, contains a retail store, an apartment and accommodates three Airbnb units.

    Owners Scott and Victoria Boer want to add two bachelor apartments, a garage and outdoor living space.

    Scott Boer spoke at the PAC meeting Wednesday night.

    "We designed an addition that would allow us to continue to have the store, but our living space outdoors would have to be on the second floor and that led to us having a void below that we could fill with either personal space or additional living space," said Boer.

    Boer said he consulted the city about the design.

    "One of the things that the Heritage Board was very firm on was that they want to make sure that we don't create caricatures of 100, 150 years ago and that our additions embrace what the city is now," he said.

    Boer said the addition has "a very muted palette, very simple lines."

    "We don't draw from the main house, which we've embraced and renovated," he said.

    The design was approved by the preservation review board over the summer.

    "It is always a cause for concern when there is an addition that takes place and it doesn't always look like it's integrated into ...the classical design features of the specific home," said Marcello Battilana, the city's manager of community planning, during the meeting.

    "But when you're looking at heritage and you're looking at infill in terms of a heritage area, the goal is not to create or to mimic the heritage. It's to ensure that the addition is an addition of its own time."

    The City of Fredericton's heritage bylaws say that new builds should be compatible with the existing heritage:

    "The erecting or placing of a new building or structure within a preservation area shall be of such design and setting upon its lot as will be compatible with other buildings, streets and open spaces in the preservation area to which it is visually related. No Certificate shall be issued for such a development unless it conforms to the standards set out in section 7.02."

    Susan Dunphy, who lives behind the Boers on King Street, is upset by the proposed addition.She and her husband bought their home in the heritage zone and restored it according to the heritage bylaws, she said during the meeting.

    "We cannot begin to express how this is going to impact our home, our life, our neighbourhood and the seamless fabric" ofhistoric downtown Fredericton, Dunphy said. "As seniors and individuals who have invested in curating a fine downtown home...the proposed development is both unacceptable and troubling to us."

    Dunphy said she has consulted other neighbours and a lawyer and is prepared to fight against the final approval of the addition.

    "The corner of King and Church is one of the most beautiful in the province and contains provincial and national historic sites, including Christ Church Cathedral and the cenotaph The proposed new development is modern, garish and does not fit the Napoleon III style home on which it would be attached and would completely distract and ruin this part of the heritage preservation area."

    The zoning amendment will go to council for approval.

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    1949 GMC Pickup Sticks With the Original Look, Nearly Nails It – autoevolution - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    1949 was a mostly uneventful year for Chevrolets sidekick brand, GMC. It was the early peace period, few things needed to be changed, and business was booming. The carmaker fielded an army of 75 models and 224 body and chassis types, according to the GM Heritage Center. Among them, the pickup we have here.

    The current form is relatively new, with the vehicle having gained this refreshed look no more than 146 miles (235 km) ago. Wrapped in blue and black over a burgundy interior, the GMC benefited from a complete restoration that gave it back its former shine without spoiling it with crazy and unnecessary additions.

    The blue on the wheels might be a bit exaggerated and off, but that shortcoming is offset by the smooth and refreshed body. Its chrome elements have been remade, as have the GMC emblems. Also, new glass and rubber were fitted where they were due.

    The interior has been caressed as well with restored heater components and seat frame as well as the addition of new upholstery, new door cards and re-chromed parts. The gauges too have been reworked and brought back to their original look.

    The machine's most important hardware did not escape the restoration process. We are not being told what's powering the truck, but as far as we understand, its the original engine, boosted with new internals as well as rebuilt transmission and rear axle. Photos of the engine show it is rated at just 76 hp.

    The truck is selling for what seems to be the right price for a build of this caliber, $51,900.

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    Origin Stories: Architect Whitney Kraus On Having Thick Skin And The Small World Of Big Projects – Bisnow - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    This seriesdelves into the myriad ways people enter the commercial real estate industry and what contributes to their success.

    When Whitney Kraus first entered architecturein 2002, everything seemed so big the projects, the budgets, the personalitiesandthe list ofthingsshe needed to knowallseemed intimidating.Now, as director of architecture and planning at Brown Harris Stevens Development Marketing, the commercial real estate world is a lot smaller to her than it seemed almost 20 years ago. Kraus saidshe can even flip between the design side and the owners side of a development with ease.

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    BHSDM Director of Architecture and Planning Whitney Kraus dipping her toes in real estate at age 3.

    Bisnow: How did you get introduced to CRE?

    Kraus: I have to give credit to my paternal grandfather for my intro to CRE. He ran a vocational training school for construction tradesmen and switched to real estate development later in his career. I grew up hearing about his projects and he would constantly snail-mail me newspaper articles about interesting buildings. I was also fascinated by the home additions and ground-up construction my parents undertook when I was a kid in North Carolina. The first project was a garage when I was about 3 years old, and though I only have vague memories of it, there is photo evidence of my early interest.

    Bisnow: What was your first job in CRE?

    Kraus: My first job was on a construction site the summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college. I worked for a construction manager/owners rep who was overseeing four general contractors building a 100-acre boarding high school. I worked in the on-site construction trailer and among the many things I learned, I got really good at taping faxes together to make one large architectural drawing for ASIs. It was a wonderful experience and I worked there for threesummers. My boss told me he would only pay me minimum wage because what he was really paying me in was experience. He was absolutely correct.

    Bisnow: What kind of education, certification or official training do you have in CRE? How critical was it to landing your first big role?

    Kraus: I have a B.S. in architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master of Architecture from Yale University, LEED certification and am a licensed architect. Architecture school teaches you to think critically, express your ideas clearly and defend your work when it is questioned, which are all very useful life skills. Learning in an environment where you are encouraged to think outside the box taught me that there is almost always a way to achieve your goal; you just have to put in the time and effort to make it happen. My first big role was working at Selldorf Architects. One of my graduate school professors introduced me to the firm and it turned out to be a wonderful connection. I learned so much while working there and am very thankful for the experience.

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    BHSDM Director of Architecture and Planning Whitney Kraus on her first job.

    Bisnow: What is one skill you wish you had coming into CRE?

    Kraus:As an architect, I understand a lot about how to design and build buildings to a budget, but my architectural training did not prepare me for the complexities of the financial side of multifamily real estate development. In my role at BHSDM Ive learned a lot in the last couple years about loans, lenders, ROIs and the like. If I were back in school, a couple classes on finance would be a smart addition to my coursework.

    Bisnow: What were you doing before you got into CRE? Did you bring anything with you from your past career that has helped you thrive in CRE?

    Kraus:After graduate school, I worked at Selldorf Architects and then on my own prior to joining BHSDM. Though architecture is a related field to CRE, its very different sitting on the design side rather than the owners side of the table. I spend my days now being a link between the design, marketing, brokerage and ownership teams. They each have tremendous skill sets and knowledge but dont always speak the same language. Having been on both sides, I try to bridge the gaps so everyone on the team can work together efficiently to create successful projects.

    Bisnow: Can you remember a moment where you felt in over your head or you worried this industry wasnt for you? Did you ever think about quitting? What changed?

    Kraus:As a woman in this industry, I have had many challenging experiences. I am often the only woman at the meeting table or on a construction site, which can be simultaneously empowering and intimidating. I have had to work diligently to have my voice heard in a traditionally male profession. I never entertained quitting. The stubborn streak in me has always been determined to push through the challenges rather than be defeated by them.

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    BHSDM Director of Architecture and Planning Whitney Kraus, left, with her sister last year at the Blyde River Canyon in South Africa.

    Bisnow: What were your early impressions of the industry, good and bad? How has your impression changed?

    Kraus:When I first started working in New York City, everything seemed big the city itself, the number of people, the construction costs of projects, the list of things to learn. More than a dozen years in, Ive adjusted my baseline for whats big. Now I have no trouble discussing a $400M project sellout or giving someone directions from Midtown to Gowanus. Ive also learned that the NYC design industry is a very small world. Everyone knows each other and is happy to make connections, which helps make a big city feel more manageable.

    Bisnow: Have you had a mentor or sponsor? How did that person shape your future in CRE?

    Kraus:My first boss had a huge influence on me. He trusted that even though I had very little experience, I was smart and eager to learn. He often threw me into the deep end with new tasks but always gave me the tools to stay afloat. I learned by figuring things out and getting my hands dirty, sometimes literally dirty given the mud on-site. One of the partners at Selldorf Architects was also a wonderful mentor. She is a very talented architect and not only taught me a lot about the profession and design but also gave me the best constructive criticism of my career. It was hard to hear sometimes but I carry the lessons I learned from her with me every day.

    Bisnow: What is a key lesson someone taught you, either kindly or the hard way?

    Kraus:Years ago, it was pointed out to me that I had a tendency to react negatively when big changes were made late in the life cycle of a project. I was focused on all the time and effort that had gone into the project and how much it would take to make the changes. My boss told me to relax and realize that I am part of a larger team its not on my shoulders alone to get things done. She said, I cant really explain how it happens, but somehow things work out most of the time and you just have to trust the team. The critique was spot on and Im much better at rolling with the punches now.

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    BHSDM Director of Architecture and Planning Whitney Kraus, right, with her best friend from undergrad (also an architect). They went back to Ann Arbor for a football game last year and got a tour of the football team's practice facility on game day.

    Bisnow: What do you warn people about when they join the industry?

    Kraus:This is not an industry for the faint of heart. You have to have a thick skin, a lot of initiative and be able to work with a wide variety of people. It takes a huge team of people to get buildings built. Understanding your role on the team and how to add value is what can make or break your success.

    Bisnow: If you could do your career all over again, what would you change?

    Kraus:I am very proud and thankful for how my career has turned out to date and I dont have many regrets. Id definitely tell my younger self to sleep more during school. If I had to totally start over in a different field, Ive always been curious about medicine and would maybe pursue that.

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    5 Awesomely Modified NSXs (5 Modified Supras We’d Rather Own) – HotCars - December 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Both are sports car legends in their own right, given the choice to own either a modified NSX or Supra would be a difficult decision to make.

    On one hand, the NSX is a proper supercar and first-generation cars are still very quick and competent, even by today's standards, but the core design makes them a harder custom project to work with. Even so, there are some stunning modded cars out there. The Supra, by comparison, couldn't be more different. Whether it's the new or the old model, in many ways the Supra is every customizer's dream car, lending itself well to pretty much any upgrade owners care to throw at it.

    Improving on the original is never an easy task. Honda launched their 2018 NSX and managed to win over even the most ardent of fans with the new look, but this didn't stop some from taking things into their own hands. Competing with its rivals necessitated a move to forced indication, and the NSX's engine produces a healthy 573hp.

    Dream Project, the work of established tuners Science of Speed, takes the standard car's engine to a higher-level raising output to 610hp through a revised free-flowing exhaust system. The external modifications remain subtle with a custom GT3 race-themed body kit completing the package.

    TheSupra, reborn in 2019, isn't quite the iconic Japanese sports car gearheads hoped for, owing much of its chassis and drivetrain to BMW. To return to the main point the A90 whatever its origin is a fantastic sports car.

    The Supra has always been popular with aftermarket tuners, lending itself particularly well to higher power figures. Increasingly popular among A90 owners, swapping out the stock engine in favor of Toyota's 2JZ-GTE fitted with a custom HKS turbocharger can free up 700hp.

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    Customizing an original 1992 NSX with a widebody kit might seem like a bad move to some gearheads, but there is no denying the impact is nothing less than jaw-dropping. Not for the faint-hearted, every panel undergoes some form of surgery to produce the final Rocket Bunny conversion, no wonder there are just two examples to date.

    That's the visuals taken care of, just leaving the NSX's 3-liter V6 in need of some beefing up. When Honda produced the NSX for the first time, 270hp was more than sufficient to compete with its main competitors, but that was a few years ago, light supercharging produced a more respectable 316hp.

    Every gearhead knows how good the A80 Supra is, but the success ofFast and Furious turned a great car into one of the most recognizable cars of all time, replicas are common but this is the real deal. Being one of the stunt cars used for filming this is a non-turbo model and will never be a 10-second car,

    Technical Director Craig Lieberman provided the quick version, complete with turbonetics blower, NoS, and dozens of other TRD upgrades all finished in a fetching Lamborghini candy orange paint scheme.

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that most NSX owners opt for a red paint finish which shade is another issue, but finished in cherry red, we think this 1991 car looks beautiful. Wearing its original bodywork albeit sitting much lower to the ground gives a wider appearance, and yet there is no widebody conversion involved, just a few subtle additions to the side steps and diffusers

    The result of one man's personal project, Californian Grown shows what can be achieved with just the right amount of modification. Similar levels of restraint are to be found in the NSX's engine bay, custom exhaust, headers, and a ram air intake are the only additions.

    RELATED:5 Japanese Sports Cars That Look Amazing With A Spoiler (5 That Cant Pull It Off)

    The Supra A80's arrival in 1993 served as a wake-up call for supercar makers everywhere, here was a mass-produced sports car able to outpace many of the fastest cars on the road. While turbocharging had become common practice, Toyota used a sequential twin-turbo 3-liter engine to produce 326hp, the Supra wasn't just quick it proved to be extremely robust.

    A large part of the A80s success stems from Toyota's 2JZ-GTE engine, one of the greatest performance engines ever built and remains a popular choice among tuners. One common upgrade path among owners is to fit larger turbochargers, intercoolers, and exhaust systems that running on pump gas can release 650hp.

    Honda's NSX was designed to be driven daily and not just parked up in some dusty garage hoping for some fine weather a couple of days of the year. A similar view can be taken when it comes to modifying the NSX, pasting on a set of decals or other off the shelf accessory isn't cutting to cut it, modifications are supposed to make a car better.

    Wearing a GT-themed body kit makes this NSX stand out from ordinary cars, handcrafted custom front, and rear splitters the work of its owner resulting in a unique package complimenting the original body.

    The Supra had finally come into its own with the launch of the A70, the first model produced without being tied to the Celica platform and drivetrain, also the first Supra to be delivered with turbocharged engines. All things being equal 230hp should be sufficient for most gearheads but there was a more powerful Japanese market spec car that had twin turbos.

    Dropping a smaller 2.5 liter twin-turbo 1JZ unit in the A70 is simple enough bringing with it a more impressive claimed 276 hp, remember that this figure is often cited in JDM cars for legal reasons.

    RELATED:These Stunning 80s Sports Cars Are Still Dirt-Cheap (But Soon Wont Be)

    Awesomely modified takes on a new significance with Liberty Walk's widebody kit, riding on air suspension certainly adds drama but, those rear arches are a matter of personal taste. Completed as a unique prototype kit the quality speaks volumes about its owner's abilities, it just doesn't make the NSX any better than it left the factory.

    Remaining pretty much stock under the hood, replacing the stock system for customized titanium exhaust improves overall performance.

    At the time of the arrival of the second generation Supras, things were becoming a bit more interesting, larger in-line six-cylinder engines made their first appearance offering a welcome jump in power to 145hp. Despite using bigger engines the A60 wasn't all that fast needing 9.8 seconds to hit 60mph.

    With a bit of patience, the Toyota 2JZ-GTE with turbos fits under the hood bringing new life to the A60 platform as evidenced by this 1985 example. Recently auctioned the previous owner chose to retain the original appearance.

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    Raised in a car-obsessed environment from an early age ensured a keen interest in anything car-related. first and foremost an F1 fan, but also an avid follower of other motorsports. Professional background working closely with a well established UK based Supercar manufacturer in recent years.

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    High costs, regulations get in the way of adding accessory dwelling units in Olympia – The Daily World - December 3, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    By Brandon Block

    The Olympian

    Kelsey Hulse hit refresh on her computer.

    It was 2017, and Hulse a political wonk, nonprofit fundraiser, and former candidate for Thurston County Commissioner was searching for a place to live in Olympia. She opened up Craigslist and local property management websites and sorted for one-bedroom units under $1,000 per month.

    Very few came up.

    After making a flurry of phone calls, she found a one-bedroom in Lacey for $1,170. Even with a job as a lobbyist for Puget Sound Energy, minimal student debt, and few other financial commitments, it was more than she wanted to pay or could sustainably afford. Hulse stayed out her six-month lease there, and then got a lucky call: a friend told her they had a spot opening up in a unit built above their garage for $850 per month, utilities included.

    The unit was essentially one open space, just over 1,000 square feet, with a bathroom, tiny appliances and no oven. Although technically permitted as a bonus room a room created by remodeling or an addition that does not meet building code definitions for traditional rooms it functioned a lot like an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), which are also sometimes known as backyard cottages, mother-in-law units, or granny flats.

    ADUs can be remodeled basements or attics, attached additions, or above-garage units like Hulses, but most commonly they look like a small detached cottage house in a backyard.

    While $850 isnt exactly cheap, and definitely isnt affordable for low-income people, for Hulse it was a better option than what else was out there. She lived there for just over a year, and in that time was able to save up some money. Earlier this year, she bought her own house in west Olympia.

    While ADUs arent affordable by definition, they do tend to be built by individual homeowners who are motivated to make a long-term investment, and theyre often rented at below-market rates to family members or friends.

    Or as Janae Huber puts it, theyre lower case affordable. Huber is founder of Olympians for People Oriented Places, a group that advocates for progressive zoning reform. She means that while $850 is not going to be accessible to someone on public support, its more affordable than whats generally available in Olympia. It might be something that someone working a retail job could afford.

    Affordable as defined by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development means paying no more than 30% of your income towards rent. For those making less than half of the area median income (AMI) in Thurston County, or about $35,000, an affordable rent is under $900, according to a recent housing report by the Thurston Regional Planning Council. (At 30% of AMI, about $21,000, $500 rent per month would be affordable.) At those prices, there are few units, and theyre almost exclusively ones created by federal programs such as low-income housing tax credits or subsidized by Section 8 vouchers with the latter program only serving about 25% of the people who qualify.

    Theres just not enough subsidies available from government sources to meet the needs that we have for this kind of housing, Huber said. Right now, the way that housing comes into our community is by and large through the efforts of private developers. And so until that changes, until the entire system changes, that is what we need, and ADUs are a realistic way that individual families can add housing to our housing stock.

    While putting cottages in backyards wont solve the housing crisis, Hulse and Huber think that having more options in the lower-middle price range would take some of the pressure off Olympias housing market, especially for young, single people and older adults who want to downsize.

    Olympias regulations on ADUs

    Data provided by the Planning Department show that there are approximately 100 permitted ADUs in Olympia. The city officially allowed ADUs as a housing type in 1995, but most ADU permits were issued in the past decade.

    There are also a significant number of ADUs that are unpermitted, according to conversations with builders, housing advocates, renters, and homeowners familiar with Olympias housing market. Some were built prior to 1995. In other cases, the owner chose not to go through the citys permitting process.

    City officials have expressed support for ADUs, but the citys own policies present major obstacles to developing more of them. Those interested in building an ADU in Olympia face regulations that can quickly torpedo the project.

    First, theres the requirement that all ADUs be owner-occupied, meaning the owner must live on site, either in the ADU itself or the primary house that its attached to.

    That rule makes it impossible for anyone other than an individual homeowner to create an ADU, including an organization such as Homes First, a nonprofit affordable housing provider.

    Homes First CEO Trudy Soucoup says they have five sites in Olympia where theyd like to develop ADUs, as theyve done already in Lacey. By using volunteer labor from the YouthBuild program, they were able to bring ADUs online in Lacey for about $45,000 half the cost of what an individual homeowner would pay in the private market.

    Olympias owner-occupancy requirement could change soon. Olympias Planning Commission has approved eliminating the requirement as part of the Housing Options Code Amendments, which will be considered by the City Council in December.

    Another regulation that would be addressed by the code amendments would be the requirement that ADUs provide one off-street parking space a significant deterrent on small city lots in older neighborhoods.

    Mandated parking policies were introduced in the citys 1961 zoning code, which required one off-street parking space for each single-family house, as well minimum parking requirements for businesses, schools, and medical offices. Subsequent zoning ordinances upped that requirement to two parking spaces per single-family house, four for duplexes, and more for multifamily structures and businesses. ADUs were included when the city legalized them in 1995.

    High costs of building

    Where zoning allows for ADUs, prospective builders often find the costs quickly exceeding their budget.

    Building an ADU in Olympia means paying between $3,500-$4,000 in development impact fees, depending upon whether youre building downtown or not.

    Impact fees are a one-time fee meant to offset the costs of expanding government services to accommodate new development. Especially in suburban areas, theyre meant to address the costs of adding infrastructure such as new roads, transit, schools, and utilities.

    But perhaps the most expensive requirement for a prospective ADU builder in Olympia is the automatic fire sprinkler system, which the city began requiring in all new residential structures in 2014.

    The hidden cost driver is that much of Olympias older water infrastructure is not sufficient to carry the volume of water necessary for a sprinkler system, meaning a prospective ADU builder would need to lay new pipes, connect another water meter, and pay a city hookup fee. That can add $8,000-$10,000 to a project, according to builder John Erwin.

    Olympia is one of just eight cities in Washington that require fire sprinklers in new homes. Fire codes are largely determined at the city and county level, with each jurisdiction deciding what provisions of the International Building Code to adopt.

    Last week, the citys Land Use and Environment committee approved a proposal to exempt ADUs from the fire sprinkler requirement if the primary house is not required to have them. This would mean any ADU built on a lot with a house built prior to 2014 would be exempted.

    Olympias proposal, brought by Fire Marshal Kevin Bossard, is based on legislation passed by the state of California in 2016. (California also has a carve out for impact fees: In 2019 the state passed a bill that prohibits municipalities from charging impact fees for ADUs under 750 square feet.)

    It may sound odd to campaign against fire safety codes, but you have to look at the outcome rather than the intention, Erwin said.

    We can be smart about it, we can be diligent, but you cant regulate complete safety into our lives, Erwin said. Through over-regulation you increase the price of housing and you put people out on the streets. So now whats safer: living in that 1950s house thats poorly insulated and doesnt have fire sprinklers, but you can afford to rent it, and you can shower and bathe and cook and sleep, or living on the streets?

    Olympia vs. Lacey: different regulatory approaches

    Fundamentally the question is whether a one-room cottage should be regulated the same way as a 2,000-square-foot single family house.

    Other cities take a different approach. The city of Lacey does not charge development impact fees for ADUs, and doesnt require fire sprinklers in any new housing. Lacey also waived utility hookup fees for ADUs.

    Earlier this year, Lacey made available free, pre-approved designs for ADUs, created by local architectural firm the Artisans Group, in an attempt to make the permitting process easier. Design work can account for as much as 10 percent of project cost, says Associate Planner Jessica Brandt, so the designs will make ADUs cheaper, too.

    The program hasnt seen any takers yet, though that may have more to do with it launching during a pandemic. In total the city has permitted at least 40 ADUs since 1999, according to Brandt. She has been working with Olympia and Tumwater and hopes to eventually share Laceys architectural designs across jurisdictions.

    Faces of a housing crisis

    Hulse is not exactly who legislators have in mind when talking about the housing crisis.

    Shes a young professional, gainfully employed, in good health and with few common barriers like debt or disability that could make housing elusive. She also is well-connected with a circle of friends and neighbors with available rental housing. (Her friend who rented her the ADU? That was Ryder, the mayor of Lacey.)

    There really were very few barriers for me, Hulse said. I have a good job that pays me a good wage. I dont have any kids, it was just me by myself, I dont have any pets, I dont have any physical limitations where Id have to seek a certain type of property.

    Nonetheless, her experience struggling to find affordable housing points to the extent of the challenge posed by Olympias tight, increasingly expensive housing market.

    Given my experience looking for housing as a fairly well-resourced person with not a lot of barriers, it seems clear we just need more.

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    Planned redevelopment will expand Frisco’s Hall Park to more than $2 billion – The Dallas Morning News - December 3, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Frisco is getting a more detailed look at redevelopment plans for its largest office park.

    Early this year, developers of the 162-acre Hall Park at the Dallas North Tollway and Gaylord Park got city approval to convert the almost quarter-century-old office park into a mixed-use development.

    With more than 2 million square feet of offices, the campus of low- and high-rise buildings houses almost 10,000 workers.

    Proposed additions include 10 new high-rises and a large performance hall.

    Developer Hall Group got the OK from the city in January to add residential, retail, entertainment and public facilities to make the successful office park into a 24-hour mixed-use community.

    The Frisco City Council is considering a proposal this week to help fund some of the proposed improvements with revenue from taxes the development generates.

    Hall Park is valued at about $633 million. Over the next 20 to 30 years, high-rise building additions would expand the value of the development to more than $2.2 billion, according to the city.

    Redevelopment has already started to occur as two buildings were demolished earlier in the year, making room for a new high-rise building, the open space plaza and structured parking, according to filings with Friscos planning department.

    Hall Group tore down two three-story office buildings at the corner of Warren and Gaylord parkways, across the street from the Dallas Cowboys Star in Frisco development.

    In their place, the developer plans to build the first phase, which includes a 27-story residential tower with more than 300 units, a 49,000-square-foot food hall and parking garages. The second phase would include a 36-story residential tower and 520,000 square feet of office space in a more than 20-story building.

    More office towers and additional residential high-rises are planned in the next phases. Hall Group has previously said the residential towers would house rental units and luxury condominiums.

    A 1,500-seat performance hall with an adjoining parking garage are also planned in the redevelopment of Hall Park.

    The new buildings would line a new public park and green space with walking trails, plazas and waterways running south from Warren Parkway, according to plans filed with the city.

    The first phase of the redevelopment including a new parking garage, the public plazas and park and improved infrastructure will cost more than $50 million and would be paid for by a combination of funds from the developer and a share of property and sales taxes generated by Hall Park.

    The city if the council agrees would use a tax increment reinvestment zone to fund its share of the expenses.

    The parking structure will support the office buildings Monday-Friday 8:00 to 5:00 and will be open to the public the rest of the time, the city filings said.

    A more than 1,000-acre parking garage would cost $20 million and would be owned by the city to support the new performing arts center.

    The open space and public plaza additions will cost $30 million with the developer contributing $15 million of the construction costs.

    Developer Craig Hall bought the land for Hall Park about three decades ago before there were even roads built to the property.

    Since then, the area along the tollway north of State Highway 121 has been developed with billions of dollars of new commercial and residential construction.

    Hall Group and city officials who approved redevelopment plans for Hall Park have said that adding new uses to the project will allow the city to continue to attract employers and residents to the area.

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