The Breads Roundup No. 79

Wellness Resorts, Green cities and Housing Booms

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Hello Spirits of the Wind and Sea,

We went through photos on my trip home. This was from my sister’s birthday party where we had an exotic animal guy (that was a thing). Except when I asked if he brought a bunch of animals over to our house my parents said “no we went to his house and he just had all these animals in his basement” which like ok I guess. Also feel like things are a little too casual with this puma over here. Also what is this faceless man doing with open toed shoes?! So many questions.

Last weekend I went home to see my parents for the first time since February of 2020. It went off almost without a hitch save for American cancelling my Thursday eve flight like the rat bastards they are due to a crazy one hour storm. To be fair it was a violent storm that led to subway flooding, but on the other hand it only lasted an hour. I’m assuming the pilots on the plane were at their time limit so they couldn’t just delay it an hour or two. Ended up taking a flight the next night from NYC to Charlotte and then to Cleveland. Gotta love the flights where both legs are longer than the direct flight from A to B would be!

But it was worth it in the end. Absence had truly made the heart grow fonder. I was definitely the most excited I’ve ever been to go sleep in my childhood bed as an adult. It’s been a long year and a half so having some parental comfort for the first time in a while was splendid. I’ve also learned to just let go of the things they do that annoy me (all small things) that I can’t change. It’s been really helpful in improving our relationship. I’m sure I annoy the hell out of them too. Also my first time bringing the GF home which turned out swell. Anywhoo the visit was nice and now I’m back home still looking for an apartment so if you have any leads holler at ya boy!

Ok time for the usual linkies. Enjoy.

Here’s Who Will Be Left Behind In The Housing Boom

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
Yes, it is the people you would think it would be. But it is also plenty of other people you didn't think it would be. As people from the big cities increasingly migrate out to smaller, cheaper cities, buying up homes sight-unseen for much more than the asking price they choke out the market and make it untenable for current citizens of a city to purchase homes at fair market rates. Imagine wanting to buy a home in Boise two years ago and then wanting to buy one nowish only to realize the average price of a home has gone up nearly 40% since 2020.

And A Quote From The Article Please:

This emergence of buyers relocating to lower-cost markets, paired with low interest rates, limited housing supply, investors looking to make money on the housing upswing and home shoppers caught up in the excitement, mean higher home prices. In the existing market, which represents the bulk of total home sales, prices are up 24 percent nationally from prices in May of last year, according to the National Association of Realtors.

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
As I said to myself at the beginning of the third act of the Disney Channel Original movie Smart House "All this sh*t with the houses and what not is getting crazy!" A terrible joke? Yes. But it is almost midnight and I'm feeling for all the people getting priced out of homes in their own cities by all the transplants moving in from more expensive places and ogling at the price per square footage you can get. As the people who are priced out of their own cities go to other cities where they subsequently price out other residents and so on and so on we will eventually become a society of people renting out backyard treehouses and dog houses for the price of what could get our parents a three bedroom Tudor!

Wellness Resorts Eye Long Covid Treatments As New Moneymaker

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
Who would have thought that there would be super expensive wellness retreats out there offering up programs to treat long-covid symptoms. Definitely not me. I would never be so cynical as to think some of these properties would offer up totally unproven treatment techniques at premium prices!

And A Quote From The Article Please:

But the very absence of clear guidance from physicians has opened the opportunity for medical spas and wellness resorts to offer their own options, often with locally inspired or high-tech modalities that are either unproven in clinical settings or otherwise overlooked by Western medicine. The question is less whether it’s worth trying these approaches and more whether people will shell out for it—many require weeklong commitments and hopping a flight halfway around the globe.

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
Look you can get rid of that Covid cough and get some wonderful Mediterranean insta pics all for the low low price of the down payment on your new house in Boise! Ok I'm sorry for being really snarky on this. But it's definitely something to be aware of as you are scrolling your feeds and see more and more influencers schilling long-covid treatments that are nowhere near proven. I'm not saying they don't work. I'm just saying approach these things with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Who’s The Green City For, Really?

Just Give Me A Synopsis:
A piece that uses NYC's new green development at Pier 51 on the Hudson River as a lens through which to view how we think about green space in urban areas. A good reminder to read into the reasoning behind things.

And A Quote From The Article Please:

This idea that all green spaces are an unmitigated social good is nothing new, says Angelo. It's a concept that’s existed since the late 19th century. What is unique now, though, is public awareness of ecological concerns like climate change. Green cities are now the epitome of an ideal, modern urban life, and urban planners seek to integrate highly visible, nature-based projects into cities (Angelo sometimes refers to these as “eco-spectacles”). They often do so, she argues, to manifest an aspirational view of what the “perfect” city should look like, as opposed to thinking what’s best for all of its residents.

And Tell Me Why I should Care:
This piece rightfully points out that all green space in cities is a net positive. What it also discusses is that all green space is not created equal. Much of it can be exclusionary and/or hold hidden agendas for investors. Oh this new verdant outdoor bowling alley is being built to attract residents who love plants and stacking up strikes, but will also raise property values in the area and push out other "undesirable" types of people. More green is always better, just be aware of the spectrum!

Weird Internet Resource Of The Week

This week this section will not be an app or site you’ve probably never heard of. Instead it is a reading guide from one of my favorite new(ish) publications, Rest of World. They are producing amazing journalism based on what they call “The Global South” or basically the non-western world. This reading guide features incredible looking (disclosure I haven’t read any, but intend to) books from all corners of the world, some of which you’ve probably heard of, other you probably haven’t. Read from diverse voices, you’ll learn a lot more that way. Check it out.

Other Interesting Things You May Or May Not Care About

Brands I Quite Like

There are so many brands out there that are not cool or unique that I thought I would highlight new brands that I think are in fact doing dope things and are worth knowing about. This is not sponsored or full of affiliate links.

Rosemary Home - Carefully Curated Home Goods

You’re not going to buy all of your shelfware, dishware or tchotchkes from this place. But you could definitely buy a thing or two to really zhoosh up a place. They pick vintage items from all over the world and thus have created an online shop that looks like the lovechild of your eccentric aunt’s home and an influencer’s Etsy shop. Some things are pricey, some things are reasonable. Some things are wildly unnecessary, some things are utilitarian. It all looks pretty cool. Check em out.

Let’s Just Looks At Art Because Reading Sucks

Lists Are What The Internet Was Made For!

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