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The impact of ultra-luxury but empty condominiums

August 30th, 2014 · 6 Comments

A comment left on a recent post about housing made an interesting point that I think is worth sharing more broadly (here’s the original post, “Looking back: The housing crisis in 1991“). Here’s an excerpt from the long comment by the reader who uses the name, “compare and decide.” One aspect of luxury condominiums that […]

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Tags: Economics · environment · Politics

Tourism: Hitting record highs or steadily declining?

August 24th, 2014 · 15 Comments

I have to admit being totally confused by the apparent conflict between two recent reports about the state of Hawaii’s visitor industry. This morning’s Star-Advertiser reports that tourism officials are looking to “extend record-setting visitor numbers” achieved over the past few years (“Tourism officials aim higher“). Reporter Allison Schaefers tells us: Hawaii Tourism Authority board […]

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Tags: Business · Economics · Media · Politics

What we can learn from the people of Troy

August 7th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Here’s an amazingly wonderful contribution to the discussion of the “no new taxes” view of the world, stemming from a battle several years ago over funding for the community library in Troy, Michigan. It has nothing to do with Iselle or Julio, the storms bearing down on the state. A professor at Penn State described […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Economics · Politics

Is “Degrowth” the Next Big Thing?

April 7th, 2014 · 22 Comments

The counterculture of the 1960s (which really dated between the 1950s and early 1970s) was in part a reaction to and rejection of the consumerist culture that emerged in western societies in the post-WWII decades. One thread in the counterculture embraced simpler styles of living, valuing nonconsumption and voluntary poverty over the glitz and glitter […]

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Tags: Blogs · Consumer issues · Economics

Friends in need of a long-term rental

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

I’m passing on this plea from friends here in Kaaawa. After 14 years as stable renters just a couple of houses from us, they’ve suddenly been dumped back into the rental market after their landlords decided the house is due for a major remodel. So they have to find a new place. These folks are […]

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Tags: Cats · Consumer issues · Economics