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    L.A. homeless numbers will keep skyrocketing without action – Los Angeles Times - June 17, 2020 by admin

    The results of the 2020 annual count of homeless people in Los Angeles are grim and, perhaps, not surprising to any of us who witness daily the tragedy of people living on sidewalks. Homelessness increased by 12.7% in the county, to 66,433, and by 14.2% in the city of Los Angeles, where the number stands at 41,290. The homeless population has now increased by a double-digit percentage for two years in a row.

    And thats despite a record 22,769 homeless people getting off the streets and into housing last year. The maddening reality highlighted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authoritys survey is that, despite billions of dollars of investment in housing, shelter and services, we still cant house people as fast as they fall into homelessness.

    In short, this problem will just keep getting worse until local officials stop people from falling into homelessness in the first place. But the task is complicated by a stultifying mix of problems: Institutional racism propels Black people into homelessness at a grossly disproportionate rate. There is a gaping mismatch between incomes and rental prices across the county. Rent is simply unaffordable.

    The percentage of homeless people with a serious mental illness remained at 25%. What most newly homeless people suffer from is a severe economic hardship.

    And as staggering as the latest numbers are, they could get worse in the wake of the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic unless the city and county aggressively and unflinchingly protect renters. In a just released study, retired UCLA law professor Gary Blasi predicts an avalanche of evictions that could result in 36,000 homeless households if protections are not put in place.

    The county cant rely on the patchwork of eviction moratoriums imposed during the state of emergency; many renters will continue to face financial hardships long after the emergency is lifted. A state bill would extend the moratoriums while allowing payment plans for renters; the Legislature should approve it. There should also be federal assistance for renters and landlords hurt by the pandemic-induced recession.

    The city and the county need to increase the amount of rental subsidies available to keep people from becoming homeless and to help newly homeless return to housing. Sometimes, people need only rental assistance to climb out of homelessness when its a ditch they stumbled into and not a sinkhole they are trapped in for years. The city is moving in that direction; Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that he and City Council President Nury Martinez had agreed to set aside $100 million in rental assistance for city residents.

    Nothing has so thwarted the effort to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles like the lack of permanent housing for homeless people. The $1.2-billion homeless housing program that city voters agreed to nearly four years ago has yielded less than 100 rental units though thousands are expected to open in the coming years. All told, the city has opened fewer than 750 units of homeless housing in the past fiscal year.

    Thats obviously a sliver of what we need now. Its imperative that the city and county produce innovative, faster-to-build housing such as modular housing and so-called tiny houses as well as more temporary housing and shelter for homeless people. Existing buildings that the city, county or state own should be scouted to see if they can be converted into housing.

    The real progress that the city and county have made in sheltering homeless people is what they accomplished, remarkably, in just the past three months. About 6,000 particularly vulnerable homeless people have been housed mostly in hotels and motels throughout the county (subsidized heavily by federal emergency aid through a program called Project Roomkey), but also in city recreation centers converted into shelters. That was done to protect homeless people from getting COVID-19. But when the emergency is over and most of those hotels and motels want their rooms back, the city and county must make sure the people now in them arent tossed right back onto the streets.

    It will be a challenge. The city and the county need to pursue either buying or leasing for the long term some of those motels. That will take some effort and an enormous amount of funding. Philanthropic foundations should be enlisted to help invest in housing of all kind.

    No one should give up on permanent housing for homeless people. But as the latest homeless count shows, we also have to do a far better job of keeping people in the homes they have.

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    Tecumseh family carries on with grit and fortitude after a hard run of tragedy – Ozark County Times - June 17, 2020 by admin

    When their 37-year-old son Tony died June 5 in a car crash on Highway 160, Tecumseh residents Manuel and Donna Aguilar were already dealing with more heartache and challenges than many families face in a lifetime.

    Longtime residents of Kansas City, Kansas, where they had raised their seven children to adulthood, in 2000 they had bought a home and 7 acres on James Lane northeast of Dawt alongside the North Fork of the White River, planning to retire there. For the next few years the riverside home was their cherished summer getaway, and in 2015, they moved to Ozark County permanently, bringing with them their grandson Brent, whom they were raising. Their son Anthony, nicknamed Tony, came too. Tony was Brents dad.

    They enjoyed their life on the river. But on the night of April 29, 2017, their modular home and everything in it washed away in the historic flood that ravaged much of Ozark County, destroying several other homes along the river and washing away two major highway bridges. With their grandson Brent, son Tony and their visiting daughter Bree and her family, the Aguilars fled to their nearby barn that stood on ground a little higher than the house. From there they watched as the raging floodwaters destroyed their home.

    Like other riverside residents, they had no flood insurance, because Ozark County does not participate in the federal flood insurance program. And, like other riverside residents, they lost almost everything. You just dont realize the things you lose when something like that happens, their daughter, Vera Stecher, told the Times last week. Drivers licenses, all the documents, baby albums, pictures everything.

    The Aguilars returned to Kansas City and lived there with Bree and Krysie, her significant other, and the couples three adopted children while they tried to pull their lives together and plan their return to Ozark County.

    Eight months later, at Christmastime, Donna slipped on the kitchen floor and broke her arm. Two months after that, in February 2018, Bree was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Manuel and Donna traveled back and forth between a borrowed fifth-wheel RV parked on their land in Ozark County and Kansas City, where they helped care for Bree and her three little children, then age 9, 7 and 4.

    They were back here in Ozark County on Donnas 60th birthday in June 2018, working on rebuilding their home, when Manuel suffered a stroke. The Aguilars daughter Vera said her dad was rushed to an area hospital, where medical personnel didnt seem to take Manuels condition seriously enough to suit his worried loved ones. We have six nurses in our family, Vera said, so they werent going to fool around.

    The family hurriedly drove Manuel to St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, where he was diagnosed with a 95 percent carotid blockage and underwent surgery. He recovered quickly, intent on getting their Ozark County house rebuilt, and in the fall of 2018, they moved back into their home on James Lane.

    For a while, things went relatively well for the Aguilars, but then Brees condition worsened in September 2019, and they temporarily moved back to Kansas City to help her. While they were there, Brent, who was then 12 and has special needs, had appendicitis and had surgery. And the next month, while Bree was hospitalized for treatment of her cancer in October, Donna was diagnosed with rectal cancer. She delayed chemo treatments so she could continue to help Bree and her children.

    Then, on Nov. 6, the unimaginable happened. Their beloved daughter Bree died at age 39.

    The brokenhearted family gathered to mourn their daughter, sister, mother, wife and aunt while also worriedly contemplating what lay ahead for Donna. The next month, in December, Manuels sister-in-law died, and the family gathered again to mourn the passing of Aunt Kim.

    The death came just as Donna was having to get nine teeth pulled because an infection around the teeth meant she wouldnt be able to get a port so her chemotherapy treatments could be administered.

    Finally, in late February, after six weeks of chemo, the couple, with Brent, returned to their newly rebuilt home on the river, where they were grateful for a peaceful respite from all they had been through in the past three years.

    In May, the family celebrated some long-overdue good news. Donna was deemed to be cancer free. It looked like maybe their luck had finally turned. They continued to homeschool their grandson Brent while his dad, Antonio, nicknamed Tony, worked in Kansas City but came to Ozark County often to spend time with Brent and enjoy the outdoors here.

    Then, on Friday evening, June 5, Tony wanted to have a campfire, Vera said. He told his parents he was going to drive into Gainesville to get some things, even though they assured him they already had everything needed. He wanted to take Brent with him, but thank God my mother said no, Vera said.

    Awhile later, the Aguilars got a call from Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains saying Tony had been brought there after a car crash.

    The Missouri State Highway Patrols online crash report says the single-vehicle accident occurred at 8:25 p.m., when Tonys Chevrolet Blazer, westbound on Highway 160 near Hardenville, ran off the right side of the road, returned to the roadway and ran off the left side, where it struck a driveway, became airborne and overturned.

    Tony had only owned the used vehicle a couple of days, Vera said. Driving unbelted, with the windows down, he was ejected in the crash, she said.

    Manuel and Donna were outside when the Air Evac helicopter flew over their home. As most Ozark Countians do, they wondered where the medivac chopper was going and who it was picking up.

    Tony was alive when the paramedics arrived, Vera said. He had a pulse and was breathing. But before [Air Evac] arrived, he coded, and they started CPR. Because its nearly impossible to continue CPR while airborne in the helicopter, Tony was transported to OMC by Ozark County Ambulance, where he was pronounced dead by an ER doctor at 9:37 p.m.

    The Aguilars daughter Holly Jacobs, a nurse practitioner, was with her parents at their home that evening. She accompanied them to OMC and went in first to ID Tonys body, wanting to shield Manuel and Donna from that grim task. When she saw that he wasnt badly disfigured, she brought them in. The family also brought Brent in a little later, so he could understand what had happened, Vera said.

    Now, once again, this family finds itself grieving another tragic loss.

    Hoping to help her parents with some of the expenses related to Tonys final arrangements and also to help with bills from Brees final arrangements and Donnas medical treatments Vera has started a fundraiser with a $3,500 goal.

    We are not ones to ask for help, she told theTimes.With all theyve been through, my parents never asked for help. But its been so much to deal with, all of it. And people have asked how they can help.

    She hopes to use the money to buy small memorial headstones for Tony and Bree to place on their parents property and to help pay for the celebration of his life the family plans to host in July in Kansas City. And also, Moms still trying to get her teeth fixed after having nine of them pulled in February, so Id like for her to able to save her money for that purpose, rather than having to pay for all of these other unexpected expenses, she said.

    She launched Veras Family Fundraiser on Facebook last Wednesday, and at press time Tuesday, a little more than $1,500 had been donated by about 30 friends, relatives and neighbors. Donations, Vera said, are greatly appreciated but prayers are also as greatly appreciated as money! Find the link to fundraiser on the Ozark County Times Facebook page.

    See Antonio Angelo Aguilar Jr.s obituary on page 8.

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    Services that establish home offices growing in numbers – The Hindu - June 17, 2020 by admin

    With a sizeable number of companies asking their employees to work from home till the end of the year, the concept of home office is coming into sharper focus. The accent is largely on ergonomic comfort, and to make sure that employees invest in this essential, some companies offer them an allowance.

    There is an unmistakable trace of pride in her voice, as Anika Tanwar discusses a corner of her home, where she has raised an office with the 10,000 allowance her company extended to her.

    Bobble AI, a tech start-up based in Gurugram, offered its employees the option of either renting out furniture or buying them, and Anika chose the latter option.

    She bought a foldable and compact work desk along with a swivel chair that came with a backrest, armrest and height adjustment feature.

    Anika wanted the the work desk to fit neatly into a corner of her bedroom, and add to rooms aesthetics.

    She points out that her work table that can hold a small plant and has a diary and water bottle holder, along with the laptop. I now feel like I have created a physical and mental space where I can work more productively, she exults.

    Some companies have either engineered a tie-up with rental furniture providers or have increased the scope of existing allowances to include WFH furniture.

    Razorpay started offering a monthly remote working allowance of 1500 to every employee so that they can rent office furniture, upgrade the broadband connection, or spend on any other essential. It has also partnered with Rentlite to help its employees find furniture on rent.

    Microsoft has extended its policies to enable employees to procure the right equipment, including ergonomic furniture.

    Standard Chartered bank has come up with an arrangement with Featherlite where 100 ergonomic chairs had to be delivered to its employees homes in Chennai.

    Furniture sellers underline a spurt in demand for ergonomic chairs since the lockdown began, and point out that some employers placed bulk orders to help their employees. With delivery channels opening up now, many individuals have started placing orders.

    At Godrej Interio, one of the most searched products is a work chair, more specifically a motion chair. This chair is unique as it is designed on the principle of active seating, says Sameer Joshi, associate vice president, marketing (B2B), Godrej Interio. The seating is said to promote movement and improve posture.

    Furniture makers are offering furniture adapted to a particular metier.

    For someone who would be desk-bound for long hours, we offer a desk that can hold many things. For those in creative pursuits, a desk that can be moved easily, says Sidhant Lamba, founder, Fabrento, an online furniture renting service, which is launching a new range of desks.

    Co-living spaces is another segment that is introducing changes since WFH became so widespread.

    In a majority of co-living spaces, the room would have a wardrobe and bed and not necessarily a desk. Home owners are in talks with us about incorporating a WFH set-up into their rooms, says Lamba.

    Similarly, Godrej Interio is promoting furniture solutions that are aligned with the rest of the home furniture.

    There is high demand for this range, which include interactive poufs, easy seat a foldable chair, flip a foldable desk, computer tables and study tables, says Joshi.

    Multifunctional modular products are also in demand. Finding multiple uses for a space, they are ideal for smart homes and studio apartments where space is a constraint, says Joshi.

    There is also a market for services to establish elaborate home-offices.

    Coworking space provider Awfis has launched Awfis@Home that attends to the A-to-Z of establishing a home office starting with assessing the home, enhancing physical infrastructure with smart furniture and offering technology support like broadband connection and collaboration tools. This service works on a monthly subscription model starting at 2500.

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    Prize: Cal-Earth Is Digging Deep To Shelter Those In Need | Hackaday – Hackaday - June 17, 2020 by admin

    For the average person, a government order to shelter in place or stay at home comes with some adjustments. Many changes are cerebral: we navigate vast expanses of togetherness with our families while figuring out how to balance work, life, and newfound teaching roles. Other changes are physical, like giving each other enough space to be successful. A lucky few can say that not much has changed for them personally. No matter what your position is in this thing, if you have a place to shelter, youre doing better than 20% of the worlds population.

    An estimated 1.6 billion people, including those who are homeless and those who are refugees, are living without adequate shelter. The need for shelter is a cornerstone of human well-being, and yet building a home for oneself can seem totally out of reach. After all, most people arent qualified to build a habitable structure without an architect, an engineer or two, and a team of construction workers with heavy equipment. Or are they?

    It all depends on the design and materials. Dome structures have been around for centuries, and the idea of using packed earth to build walls is a tried and true concept. Architect Nader Khalili perfected a blend of the two concepts with his SuperAdobe construction system, which employs long sandbags filled with moistened earth. Khalili opened the California Institute of Earth Architecture (CalEarth) in 1991 to explore the possibilities of SuperAdobe and to educate others in the building process.

    I grew up among the poor. I am one of nine children, and constantly knew need. I never forgot, so now Im responding. Nader Khalili

    This year, the Hackaday Prize is teaming up with CalEarth to push their widely accessible concept of sustainable living into the future. As with our other three non-profits, this effort is twofold. The open call challenge invites you to design sustainable add-ons for SuperAdobe homes that expand their livability and are simple to build and use. Throughout June and July, our CalEarth Dream Team members are working to find ways to automate the process so that these homes can be built much faster, and in turn help more people.

    The SuperAdobe system is simple enough that people of all ages and backgrounds can start building as soon as they learn the methods and observe them in action.

    Essentially, long sandbags are filled in place, by hand, with moistened soil from the site. The soil is stabilized with lime, cement, or whatever is available. Then the bags are tamped down and spiraled into layers, with a course of barbed wire laid in between each one for stability.

    Its a laborious process for certain, but the result is a sustainable home thats easy to heat and cool even in weather extremes, and can withstand natural disasters including seismic shocks. SuperAdobe structures are designed with the elements in mind, and are positioned to leverage natural light and guard from wind.

    CalEarths main focus is on providing a system to build affordable, sustainable homes for refugees, homeless, and other displaced persons. They have directly helped those affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and other disasters by building shelters in a matter of days.

    Many of CalEarths students take the idea and use it to start or further their own relief initiatives. In 2005, the Small Earth charity in the UK built 40+ domes in Kathmandu, Nepal, creating a hostel for children and their caretakers. Happily, all the domes survived a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in 2015.

    The CalEarth Institute in Hesperia, California offers workshops and classes both in person and online for anyone who wants to go forth and build Earth-friendly homes for others or even for themselves. While the Institute itself is a wonderland of resources, the idea is to be able to build SuperAdobe structures anywhere theyre needed, using whatever materials are available.

    Therefore, the ability to substitute and improvise is an important part of the plan. CalEarth have recently developed a duffel bag shelter system. Essentially, they wanted to be able to put someone on a plane with two duffel bags packed with enough tools and materials to build a six-foot emergency shelter anywhere in the world (PDF).

    One of CalEarths goals is to make these emergency shelters more livable in the long-term by integrating modern comforts that use sustainable technology. These would come in the form of modular add-ons that can be customized as needed.

    Their main focus for these add-ons is on heating and cooling methods like the rocket mass heater and passive cooling system in the eco-dome shown above. They are also focused on finding thermal flooring solutions, new uses for solar panels, and ways of harvesting water. If you can think of a way to collect rainwater, filter it, and pump it through a solar-heated shower, youre definitely on the right track.

    Ideally, these add-ons would be modular and highly mobile to compliment the emergency shelter duffel bag system. Flat-pack design would be perfect. They should be easy to deliver around the world, and then to set up and use once they arrive. These problems need fresh eyes and creative thinkers who value simplicity and using natural resources wherever possible.

    For the Dream Team challenge, the focus is on automation. The single most expensive aspect of building SuperAdobe structures is the time investment. Right now, its all manual labor, and the bags are filled by hand, one bucket or coffee can at a time.

    The CalEarth Dream Team will be working to develop modular solutions to automate the process every step of the way. For example, finding a way to mechanically open the bags and keep them open as theyre filled so that the humans can focus on other things. Or how about a crank-powered machine that can fill the bags faster, or a collapsible tool that can tamp the bags in larger footprints? Maybe theres a way to lay barbed wire automatically so no one has to worry about getting hurt.

    Whatever you come up with, we want to see it. Watch the Q&A video with CalEarth directors Sheefteh and Dastan Khalili below to better understand the challenges of building and modernizing sustainable housing, and start your entry today!

    All images courtesy of CalEarth.

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    This is the plan to rebuild Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley for the Black community | Urbanized – Daily Hive - June 17, 2020 by admin

    What exactly is Hogans Alley in Vancouver, and what are the proposed plans for its future?

    It was Vancouvers first enclave for some of the citys early Black Canadian immigrants, located within a T-shaped intersection at what is now the easternmost end of the Dunsmuir and Georgia viaducts immediately south of Chinatown.

    The footprint of the former Hogans Alley is framed today by Main Street to the west, Union Street to the north, Jackson Avenue to the east, and Prior Street to the south.

    Footprint of the historic Hogans Alley in the present day urban context. (Vancouver Heritage Foundation)

    According to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation, BCs first Black immigrants arrived from California in the middle of the 1800s, and by the early 1900s they created a community in and around the Strathcona neighbourhood, with Hogans Alley eventually becoming the cultural hub of the community.

    They were joined by Black homesteaders from Alberta, who originally came from Oklahoma, and by Black railroadportersworked at the Great Northern Railway nearby. Housing discrimination in other parts of Vancouver also concentrated the citys Black population in this area, reads the foundations historical account.

    Hogans Alley in 1958. (City of Vancouver Archives)

    2014 Canada Post stamp commemorating Vancouvers Hogans Alley. (Canada Post)

    The former neighbourhood was known for being home to Nora Hendrix, the grandmother of rock legend Jimi Hendrix, and a cook at Vies Chicken and Steak House, considered one of Hogans Alleys culinary institutions.

    But the latter half of the 1960s marked the neighbourhoods demise, when city blocks of homes and businesses that form Hogans Alley were demolished for the new replacement Georgia Viaduct.

    The original viaduct, built in 1915 and named the Hart McHarg Bridge, was located towards the north of the existing viaduct, with its easternmost end located in the area of the intersection of East Georgia Street and Main Street.

    When the bridge was first built, it spanned over a portion of the False Creek waterway that had yet to be filled in, andover Canadian Pacifics vast railyards in Northeast False Creek.

    The original Georgia Street Viaduct (Hart McHarg Bridge) in 1915. (City of Vancouver Archives)

    The original Georgia Street Viaduct (Hart McHarg Bridge) over a waterway in the area that is currently Andy Livingstone Field. (City of Vancouver Archives)

    Half a century later, it became apparent a new replacement viaduct was needed due to the original viaducts age and its poor construction. There were plans early on to run the streetcar on the viaduct, but this was never realized, as there were concerns over the structures ability to hold the weight.

    Even some of the lamp posts on the structure had to be removed to reduce its weight load, never mind running frequent streetcars and the vibrations it would create.

    It was poorly built and plagued by difficulties from the beginning; it was not uncommon to see sagging sections, timber propping it up, and concrete falling to the ground below, reads the foundations description.

    Remnants of the original Georgia Street Viaduct (Hart McHarg Bridge) near the intersection of Main Street and East Georgia Street, immediately north of BC Hydros Murrin Substation. (Google Maps)

    However, it was eventually made known that this would become much more than just a viaduct replacement project. The new replacement viaduct was envisioned to become a small segment of a new citywide freeway network, crossing through much of the downtown peninsula, including other areas of Strathcona, as well as Chinatown and Gastown.

    Historic Chinatown was ultimately saved from the plans, but not Hogans Alley, with its residents subjected to discriminative practices by both the city and media.

    Over the years, the Black population endured efforts by the city to rezone Strathcona making it difficult to obtain mortgages or make home improvements, and by newspaper articles portraying Hogans Alley as a centre of squalor, immorality and crime, continued the foundation.

    The modernized Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts reached completion in 1971, but this would become the only span of the envisioned freeway network, as the plans were withdrawn the subsequent year in response to widespread public opposition.

    Construction of the new replacement Georgia Viaduct over Main Street in 1971, looking east towards the former site of Hogans Alley. (City of Vancouver Archives)

    Old Georgia Viaduct (Hart McHarg Bridge) over Canadian Pacifics Beatty Street railyard in Northeast False Creek in 1970, before the demolition of the structure and completion of the replacement. (City of Vancouver Archives)

    But the expropriation and demolition of Vancouvers original Black community for the new roadways was not uniquely a Vancouver phenomenon.

    The same upheaval was experienced in the post-war era in cities across the United States, when governments set their sights on using African American neighbourhoods for the construction of their Interstate highways.

    Today, the footprint of Hogans Alley is used as a green space and the site of a recently built temporary modular housing building for the homeless.

    As an integral part of the citys Northeast False Creek Plan, there are plans to demolish the viaducts and redevelop the area with forms and uses that acknowledge the areas history and reestablish a cultural hub for the Black community in Vancouver.

    A preliminary proposed concept created in 2017 by the municipal government and architectural firm Perkins & Will for the Hogans Alley portion of the redevelopment a 3.5-acre site between Main Street and Gore Avenue calls for six buildings reaching up to 14 storeys.

    Architectural concepts for the Main Street Blocks, with the west block and Hogans Alley to the east. (Perkins + Will / City of Vancouver)

    Architectural concepts for the Main Street Blocks, with the west block and Hogans Alley to the east. (Perkins + Will / City of Vancouver)

    The buildings are oriented around the recreation of Hogans Alley a unique public plaza and pedestrianized laneway that spans thewest-north length of the development, with retail and restaurants within the ground level of the buildings activating the public spaces.

    These businesses will also be supported by the economic activity that can be expected from the foot traffic of the new St. Pauls Hospital campus, located just across the new Pacific Boulevard immediately to the south.

    Artistic rendering of the new St. Pauls Hospital and health campus at the False Creek Flats (right), the new Pacific Boulevard (left), and the towering forms of the Hogans Alley redevelopment (bottom left). (IBI Group Architects / Providence Healthcare)

    There will be approximately 300 units of social housing within the upper floors of these buildings.Green terraces, porches, and rooftop gardens are defining features of the architectural concept.

    The proposed massing will be a departure from the conventional tower and podium model that characterizes much of Vancouvers recent mid-rise and high-rise development, reads the architects vision.

    The stepped massing is specifically tailored to respect view cones and adjacent contexts and the overall form is expressive of a unified architectural expression. This will render a clear sense of place necessary for its identity as a cultural precinct.

    Artistic rendering of the new Hogans Alley. (Perkins + Will / City of Vancouver)

    Artistic rendering of the new Hogans Alley. (Perkins + Will / City of Vancouver)

    The key cultural component of the Hogans Alley redevelopment is at the western end of the development site, fronting Main Street, where the Black Cultural Centre of Vancouver is planned. There will be social and community gathering facilities, as well as a rooftop basketball court, daycare, and non-profit office space.

    Hogans Alley Society is envisioning this cultural centre to become a programming hub for food, gathering and celebration, education and empowerment, art music and dance, and research and knowledge of Black Canadian history.

    But all of this hinges on the citys ability to raise much of the $1.7 billion in public benefits costs from the market residential redevelopments set for Northeast False Creek (NEFC), particularly Canadian Metropolitan Properties Plaza of Nations redevelopment and the larger Concord Pacific redevelopment.

    Area developers will cover a majority of the expected costs of the NEFC public benefits, which consists of 32 acres of new and renewed parks, 1,800 units of social housing, a community centre with an ice rink and other facilities, and Hogans Alley.

    The remaining costs will be covered by the citys budget, which has been shaken up by the plummet in revenues as a result of COVID-19. Sources previously told Daily Hive Urbanized as much as $400 million and $500 million could be required from the city, and this was before the pre-pandemic downturn of the housing market.

    Artistic rendering of the Creekside Park expansion and the Concord Pacific portion of the Northeast False Creek redevelopment. (Concord Pacific)

    As a result, there is some uncertainty with the precise timeline of NEFC, specifically a target date for the demolition of the viaducts to kickstart the new developments. Before the viaducts can be demolished, the new replacement roadway must be built.

    The existing viaducts are a major thoroughfare into downtown, with approximately 45,000 vehicles per day during normalcy.

    Without the viaducts, the plan with the new and reconfigured road system is to redirect vehicle traffic onto a new bi-directional Pacific Boulevard, and onto Hastings Street, Pender Street, Cordova Street, Cambie Bridge (via 2nd Avenue), and to a lower degree Water Street.

    Vancouver Skate Plaza underneath the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts. (Northeast False Creek / Flickr)

    Rezoning applications have been approved for the Plaza of Nations and BC Place residential tower developments, with the Plaza of Nations project now in the development application stage. The rezoning application for the Concord Pacific project was scheduled to be deliberated over the last few weeks of the previous city councils term in office in 2018, but it was abruptly withdrawn before the election.

    Despite the fiscal hurdles, planning for NEFCs public benefits continues, including the Creekside Park expansion and the Dunsmuir Connection an elevated walking and cycling route between the existing western end of the Dunsmuir Viaduct to Quebec Street, ending within the park near Science World.

    The city says it is also working on establishing a long-term partnership with theHogans Alley Society for the cultural hub aspects of the Hogans Alley development, but the current health crisis has delayed their planned progress this year.

    The Northeast False Creek Plan is a 20-year plan that relies on development funding and timing to deliver public benefits. This includes the removal of the Georgia viaducts and the recreation of the Hogans Alley Blocks. One of the key concepts outlined within the plan is the commitment to working with Hogans Alley Working Group to establish the long term involvement and investment of the Black Community in the future life of this block, including consideration of a land trust, reads an email from the City of Vancouver staff last week to Daily Hive Urbanized.

    Prior to COVID-19 related disruptions, City staff were in the process of working with the Hogans Alley Society to finalize a meeting time and agenda, including senior City staff. The meeting was intended to continue advancing foundational work on the implementation of the Hogans Alley block, as well as to work collectively to address systemic anti-black racism. Staff recognize that the COVID response has delayed progress and are likewise eager to continue these discussions.

    Black Lives Matter solidarity protest blockading the Georgia Viaduct on June 15, 2020. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

    In the meantime, in light of recent events, city staff say they are proposing to city council an interim memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will guide the partnership with the Hogans Alley Society. The MOU will formally recognize the society and address anti-Black racism and cultural redress with the Black Community and other local communities as a whole, create a safe space for the celebration of Black cultures within NEFC, and examine interim projects.

    The City recognizes that this is only the initial stage in building a relationship with the Hogans Alley Society and the larger Black Community, and see this work as crucial to the long-term success of the Hogans Alley Block and any future agreement for their development, continued city staff.

    Hogans Alley Society could not be reached for comment.

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    Ikea news: the 20% off sale is on but there’s a catch – Real Homes - June 17, 2020 by admin

    Is it just us, or does the idea of saving 20% at Ikea make your heart beat a little faster? You're right, we've probably spent too much time at home over recent months... although once you've checked out some of the items in the sale, you'll probably (maybe) understand what we're talking about.

    Whether you're on a mission to maximise the potential of your teeny tiny back garden or perhaps even your balcony want to create the perfect space to unwind in a larger outside space, or foresee a summer of al fresco dinner parties and want to make sure you're prepare, Ikea's 20% sale is the place to start.

    But, there's a catch. You need to have one of Ikea's Family Cards to benefit from some of the amazing offers we'll be talking about below. Good news is it's free and easy to sign up, so you'll be able to start making savings straight away. Rejoice.

    Discover everything you need to know below, along with some of our favourite Ikea garden furniture that's currently available with an impressive 20% off for Ikea Family members. And if you're desperate to make a saving now, check out our deals hub.

    As we mentioned above, by becoming an Ikea Family member you'll have the opportunity to make savings across the store straightaway. Some of our favourite perks include:

    Member discounts

    Ikea offer store-wide discounts to Ikea Family members, with the opportunity to make savings on everything from garden furniture (which we'll talk about more below) to everyday essentials. Items available with a discount vary from month to month, so you'll get the opportunity to pick up many new and exciting items with a tasty discount throughout the year.

    Specialist workshops

    Members also have the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of Ikea employees, with regular workshops providing everything from design inspiration to practical renovation advice and much more.

    Free tea and coffee

    Ikea Family members can also claim a free tea or coffee from Monday to Friday on presentation of their Ikea card.

    Signed up or thinking about it? Here are our favourite Ikea garden furniture savings.

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    TRN Dining Set | Was 35, Now 28 for Ikea Family membersPerfect for even the smallest of outdoor spaces, this modern take on the traditional bistro set is the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee or unwind at the end of the day. And for under 30, we really don't think you can go far wrong.

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    The Garden Furniture Centre...

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    PPLAR Modular Sofa Section | Was 60, now 48 for Ikea Family membersThe beauty of modular garden furniture is that it can be completely customised depending on your preferences and the space that you're working with. Styled with plenty of cushions, blankets and other soft furnishings, it's the perfect spot to unwind after a long day.

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    PPLAR Garden Table | Was 70, Now 56 for Ikea Family MembersIf you're trying to make the most of a super small garden, this might be the answer for you. Not only does this stylish set-up offer a spot to enjoy your morning coffee, it also boasts plenty of storage potential (see below). We love the idea of hanging small pots from the wall panel to create a stylish living wall.

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    PPLAR / HGSTEN Dining Set | Was 490, now 470 for Ikea Family membersThis six seater dining set is perfect for those looking to set up a spot for al fresco dining with all the family and once lockdown is lifted with friends too. Stunning white wire chairs make a subtle statement and are sure to work in almost any garden scheme.

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    SOLLERN Outdoor Stool | Was 60, now 48 for Ikea Family membersNeed somewhere to store all the cushions you'll be styling your garden furniture with? This handy stool not only provides plenty of space to do so, it also doubles up as a foot rest for ultimate relaxation.

    Today's best garden storage bench deals

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    PPLAR Extendable dining table and chairs | Was 360, Now 296 for Ikea Family MembersRight now we can still only meet with groups of up to six people outdoors, but there's some suggestion that the number could increase as the summer progresses. Prepare for a summer of al fresco dinner parties with the help of this super stylish extendable dining set.

    More affordable outdoor dining sets...

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    Mooloolaba, Queensland 4557 | Sunshine Coast Wide – 26094. Real Estate Business For Sale on the Sunshine Coast. – My Sunshine Coast - June 6, 2020 by admin

    Modular Homes and BuildingsFew Queensland business opportunities can boast a successful 45 year trading history or be known as a leader within their industry. This is just a sample of the numerous selling points offered with this outstanding business.

    With a highly respected management team already in place, there are many options for the role of new owners. With endless opportunities for continued growth, the business services all areas of Queensland including many remote areas where it is often not possible or cost effective to build a traditional home.

    This highly systemised business will appeal to buyers with a background or affiliation of the building industry and those with an appreciation of the endless benefits, savings, flexibility and industry growth associated with modular homes.

    Centrally located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, this business has an impressive portfolio of more than 30 residential and commercial designs. These homes are built with robust steel chassis and framing combined with high quality building materials, providing unrivalled strength and the ability to withstand Queensland's harshest environments and weather conditions. All buildings are designed to be transported and installed quickly.

    The businesses financial performance and profitability is super impressive with consistent growth over the past 10 years. Current sales average north of $400,000 per month and as you would expect the business enjoys enviable profits. Buyers can expect a return on investment of circa 50% after managerial costs for the 2020 financial year.

    In addition to 45 years of intellectual property, proven systems and outstanding reputation, the business is being sold with all equipment and vehicles, a near new 3 bedroom display home (onsite) complete with everything required to operate this business. The owners of 10 years continue to invest in quality new equipment.

    Perfectly located on a large commercial site with impressive administration facilities, a large well-appointed shed, ample hardstand and room for construction and convenient access for logistics to all points North and South.

    Many of the professional team members employed have been in place long term and are very well looked after. The business attracts quality sub-contractors who are expert tradesman.

    With an impressive pipeline of work locked in for several months, this exciting 5 day per week operation will be one of Queensland's best business buys of 2020.

    Businesses this good are very hard to findcould this be the one you have been waiting for?

    Qualified buyers should contact Rod Russell on 0409 931 600 for further information.

    Price range $1,600,000 - $1,850,000 (depending on work in progress).

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    Coastal Beach Home Awarded "Home of the Month" Distinction From Modular Home Builders Association – Yahoo Finance - June 4, 2020 by admin

    The two-story home in Hull, MA, was built using the modular construction method. Excel Homes manufactured the modules and the home was built by Seacoast Modular Homes Inc.

    HULL, Mass., June 1, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Modular Home Builders Association awarded the Home of the Month distinction to a modular home in Hull, MA. The "beach break" model is blocks from the ocean. The home was manufactured by Excel Homes and was assembled on-site by Seacoast Modular Homes Inc.

    Images of the home and a full breakdown of the home's features can be found on MHBA's website.

    The home is part of an urban infill project and the developers decided to utilize modular construction for increased speed of construction. This decision paid off as the Massachusetts Governor issued a stay-at-home order two weeks after the delivery of the modules. According to Seacoast Modular Homes Inc., the developer of the project "has been able to expand [their] sights on to other projects that [they] may not have considered with [their] build-in-place mentality."

    The home itself is a beautiful five-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath, modern coastal model featuring wood and tile floors throughout and custom finishes. The home is equipped with a view of the Atlantic thanks to a second-story balcony that sits over the living space.

    Thanks to the speed and agility of modular construction methods, this home didn't face crippling delays due to COVID-19. Modular home construction takes place in a controlled environment which neutralizes delays from weather. It also enables manufacturers to exercise more control over working conditions.

    Modular Home Builders Association (MHBA) is the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to serving modular home builders and manufacturers. MHBA also advocates at the state and federal level to ensure a fair and competitive playing field for the industry. For more information, please visit

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    Partnership to deliver 120 affordable modular homes in Herefordshire – Planning, BIM & Construction Today - June 4, 2020 by admin

    The affordable homes in Herefordshire will use modern methods of construction (MMC) and will see ilke Homes provide the land for development.

    ilke will manufacture the 120 affordable homes for Stonewater, in its 250,000 sq ft factory in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire.

    The turnkey deal is a further step in the firms evolution from manufacturing homes to becoming a fully-integrated developer.

    Supported by Homes England, the currently derelict site, the former Holmer Trading Estate, will be transformed to tackle the growing demand for affordable homes in Herefordshire.

    Upon completion, all the homes will be available for either affordable rent or shared ownership and will be equipped with fully-fitted kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms supported with accreditations from NHBC.

    The deal follows ilke Homes recent expansion of the business with new offices in London, Birmingham and Bristol, as well as creating a new homes and development unit, to manage the near-200% annual growth.

    Matthew Bench, executive director of partnerships at ilke Homes, said:The need for affordable housing has never been more acute, and with construction having been paused on sites up and down the country, speed will be absolutely vital.

    By packaging up private land with turnkey development solutions in partnership with housing associations such as Stonewater, we can quickly scale-up the delivery of high-quality, energy-efficient affordable housing across the country.

    Our recent expansion into new regions gives us a greater national reach and with wide ranging offerings including providing superstructures, turnkey solutions and full land-led developments, we can truly drive the benefits that come from offsite manufacturing.

    Matthew Crucefix, director of development (West) at Stonewater, commented:Scaling-up the delivery of affordable homes is vital to ensuring that everyone in the UK has a place to call home.

    As we face the current coronavirus pandemic it has never been more important to do all we can to increase housing supply where it is safe to do so.

    This scheme is exactly the type of progressive development opportunity that will help meet the challenge we face to provide the affordable homes needed to tackle the housing crisis.

    Stonewater has demonstrated its agility in uncertain times by purchasing this land which has the benefit of an outline planning consent, were excited to be working up the reserved matters planning with ilke Homes and moving this project forward.

    Gordon More, chief investments officer at Homes England, added:Our strategic partnerships with housing associations are an important part of our commitment to delivering more affordable homes across the country.

    Utilising modern methods of construction is crucial to building new homes at the pace required, so its fantastic to see Stonewater using their strategic partnership with Guinness to collaborate with a leading offsite manufacturer like ilkeHomes.

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    City of Toronto identifies 2 sites for supportive modular housing initiative – - June 4, 2020 by admin

    The City of Toronto has identified two sites for the first phase of its modular supportive housing initiative, which aims to provide housing to 100 individuals experiencing homelessness by the fall of 2020.

    The project, which was announced at the end of April, aims to build a total of 250 modular units by the spring of 2021.

    City and CreateTO staff have been evaluating City-owned land across Toronto using criteria that included local demand for affordable housing, development potential of the site, local infrastructure, access to public transit, access to health and other community services, as well as zoning and other bylaw considerations, a statement from local officials said Tuesday.

    Two sites have been identified for the first phase of the project: 150 Harrison St., which will have 44 bachelor apartments and is the former site of the 14 Division police station, as well as 11 Macey Ave., which will have 56 bachelor apartments and is located near Victoria Park and Danforth.

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    The City will select qualified, non-profit housing providers to manage each site. The modular homes will be pre-fabricated and installed on-site, officials said.

    Each of buildings will have self-contained bachelor units and shared communal kitchens.

    Officials said there will also be a community engagement process online.

    I have led City Council in supporting the modular housing initiative because it is a key way in which we can provide residents access to stable, affordable, high-quality housing as quickly as possible, Toronto Mayor John Tory said.

    Through modular housing we can quickly create permanent housing options that will impact the lives of many people in our city.

    The modular housing program is one part of the wider HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan. That plan calls for the approval of 40,000 new affordable rental homes and creation of 1,000 modular homes.

    The modular housing program is estimated to cost $47.5 million, with the first phase carrying a price tag of $20.9 million.

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