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Re: Random TV thoughts ...
« Reply #1500 on: May 23, 2018, 10:44:43 AM »

excellent series on PBS about art and the role it plays in civilization. highly reccomended. http://www.pbs.org/civilizations/home/

Zafer Kaya

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Re: Random TV thoughts ...
« Reply #1501 on: May 23, 2018, 11:13:16 AM »

I was rooting for that couple until they made their choice.

It was kind of obvious who had done the reno in that house.  There are three big, or at least well-known flipping companies in Richmond.  Fortunately, they went with the one of the three that isn't declaring bankruptcy and being sued by a dozen people.  It's the one group I have heard actually does a decent job.

But that house is everything that people would warn you about.  It's the most expensive house on that block by far.  And you are paying for someone else's design and that design is more for the house to sell than to cater to anyone's taste.  You can always replace the tub, cabinet, stove, bathroom tile, etc.  I'm not saying it's cheap, but it's going to be cheaper than the $100k that just added to the price and you can get it done your way.

It's one of those rapidly gentrifying areas that is all crazy now because of the housing market.  I'm sure y'all have them, too.   You walk down the street and the houses are like $150k, $190k, small house turned 4 unit rental, probably a trap house, rental, $220k, brand new $400k flip, definitely a trap house, extremely sketchy vacant lot.

I'll give them this:  that is an area that I think is kind of cool and I root for it.  It was an old streetcar suburb with a nice park that fell into a bad state where the park had needles everywhere and people were always getting shot.  It's somewhat historically black.  Not going back a long way, but to the 70's maybe because well.. it's poor and white flight.  But there's a road that goes through there with a lot of storefront and the community there has been somewhat active recently about fixing it up.  They've gotten some cool hipster places in there, but unfortunately a bunch of them have also closed.

So I could see how like maaaybe the city planner dude was like "Yeah, you know what?  I want to help and be a part of the community so I'm going to live in a not-so-eliteish place and fix this neighborhood."  Except then they bought a gaudy $430k house that costs more than the houses in the elite-ish neighborhoods they were looking at. 
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