Real estate | Econ development

Sports And Money: Does Spring Training Pay Off For Florida And Arizona?

For baseball fans, the long wait is over. Pitchers and catchers around Major League Baseball are reporting this week, and Spring Training — when big leaguers shake off their off season cobwebs — is about to be in full swing. Spring

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Must Read Money Stories, Wednesday, Feb. 18.

Out with a bang. The now former chief political commentator at the Telegraph published an incendiary resignation letter online yesterday. Peter Oborne alleges that the Telegraph has allowed its advertisers to drive the direction of the paper’s news coverage. He

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Technology And Money: Apple, Arizona And An Economic Development Tango

For the past couple of years, Mesa, AZ, has proudly been able to proclaim its stature as an Apple manufacturing site. But amid the hoopla of the Super Bowl in Phoenix, Apple’s plans to produce sapphire screens for iPhones at

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Cities are balking at funding new sports stadiums

For decades, new sports stadiums have presented taxpayers with a big dilemma. Either they had to shell out hundreds of millions of dollars to bring a new team to their city, or spend equal amounts to keep one from leaving.

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Entertaining Business: the real deal of real estate on Buying and Selling

HGTV’s Drew and Jonathan Scott have parlayed their sibling banter into multiple home improvement shows Property Brothers, Buying and Selling and Brother vs. Brother. The themes of these shows slightly vary, but most involve taking some sort of fixer-upper home,

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Solar Power: Can the blazing demand for it be sustained?

Solar Power: Sometimes a theme won’t take no for an answer; it keeps bubbling up here and there demanding to be recognized. A couple of weeks ago, a tradesman recommended a solar-powered charger for one of my electric-powered household gadgets. 

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Quicktips: From pampering people and pets to scams and surcharges

Another raft of ideas jotted on scrap paper or e-mailed to myself are in danger of sailing off into the horizon, so welcome to another installment of Quicktips, the place we salvage viable story pegs at risk of becoming forgotten

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Does the summer home sales bounce help furniture dealers, related industries?

With existing home sales for May posting their best gain since 2011, as USA Today reports, and this week’s new home sales report expected to show a modest increase, according to Business Insider, you might want to take a mid-year

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Find local economic indicators in quirky commerical real estate stories

The commercial real estate sector tends to get overlooked amid spring selling season in the single-family housing market, but a couple of interesting stories have caught my eye recently and they’re ripe for localizing.  And the root causes of the

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A new way to look at housing prices: NYT’s shows what a buck will buy

I always admire alternative storytelling, from video to maps to interactive graphics or just clever ways that writers use prose.  A a recent business story in the New York Times recently caught my eye and I think it’s just ripe

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