Archive for January, 2008

Situational Awareness…

January 21, 2008

These men are installing and setting solid steel pillars in concrete to stop vehicles from parking on the pavement outside a sports bar in downtown Norman OK.    They are cleaning up at the end of the day.

How long do you think it will be before they realize where their vehicle is parked?

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Germantown

January 12, 2008

Last weekend  I went out looking for new place to live. I  wanted something urban and wanted to own it so I headed north to some new lofts in Germantown. The Lofts at Werthan Mills. WOW!

They took an old mill and have refurbished it into luxury (of course) lofts and townhouses.  Some units have great views of the city but they all come with a hefty price tag. Hefty as in $160k for a 600 sq ft condo…that’s roughly $283/sq ft. My house in the suburbs is $80/sq ft. A three story townhouse with a view of the Nashville Skyline will cost you $450k.

Directly across the street were income-limited apartments that looked very nice. Very contemporary and urban but you couldn’t make anymore than $25/k a year!  So on one side of Rosa Parks Blvd you’ve got low income housing and directly across the street on the same block you’ve got luxury condos.  What’s the deal?!

What about single 20 somethings that want something cool in the city, but can’t afford half a million dollars? What about the demographic that’s between the projects and luxury condos? Seems to me someone’s missing out on a good market. But everywhere you go it’s all luxury this and high end that.

So my search for cool/urban/artsy/hip/AFFORDABLE housing continues…

here are some pics of Werthan Mills…

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spice it up

January 7, 2008

I was pleasantly surprised while I was food shopping at (of all places) Wal-Mart the other night. I was making my usual stroll down every isle to see if something sparked a need for an item (this is were making a list would come in handy, but then where’s the spontaneity in that?).

I had just made a turn down the cooking isle and glanced at the spices when a new brand caught me eye. The brand is Watkins and is 100% USDA Certified Organic. I loved everything about the packaging: how each spice has its own color and how it popped off the shelf. Be sure to keep your eyes out for them next time you’re out and about.

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some tasty type

January 2, 2008

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seblester.co.uk is the personal website of Seb Lester, a designer living and working in London. It’s a showcase for personal illustration, photography, animation and lettering projects. The type designer’s work is in high demand with companies like the Intel Corporation, Dell, American Airlines, The New York Times, and GQ all clamoring for the U.K. based type designers font work. Check out his stuff when you get a chance. It’s tasty.