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Wednesday, June 23, 2021   /   by Adam Donaldson

New Yorkers, Californians flee to move to Arizona

Article originally posted on azbigmedia.com on June 23th, 2021
Americans are moving from population centers like New York, California, and Illinois in record numbers. And one of the hottest plans — both literally and figuratively? A move to Arizona. According to research from North American Moving Services.

Key Takeaways from the 2020 Migration Report
• People are fleeing California to move to Texas, Arizona and Idaho
• Illinois, New York, and New Jersey are the three states with the most outbound moves.
• The top five inbound states in 2020 are Idaho, Arizona, Tennessee, South Carolina, and North Carolina, with Tennessee overtaking South Carolina from the 2019 results.
• Florida, Texas, and Colorado round out the top eight states for inbound moves.
• Despite pandemic, people continued to move at rates comparable to 2019
According to the report, Phoenix, Houston and Dallas were the top three cities welcoming new residents while New Yor ...

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021   /   by Adam Donaldson


Article originally posted on tucsonfoodie.com on June 16th, 2021
There’s a new bagel spot rolling in on the east side of town. Right next to Pizza Luna and on the corner of Speedway and Wilmot, Bubbe’s Fine Bagels is setting up shop at 1101 N. Wilmot Rd.
In Fall 2020, longtime Pizza Luna employee, Kyle Leuer, along with his partner Becca Groff, approached Marc and Tracy Frankel — owners of Pizza Luna — about the bagel concept and have since helped them move forward with their plans. The idea of opening the shop really took off after making bagels from leftover pizza dough.
The bagels are inspired by the way they’re made on the east coast, but with new-age techniques, and each tasty batch takes three days to complete.
The location, which shares a wall with Pizza Luna, is being completely built out and renovated in a way that gives visitors an intimate view of the bagel-making process.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2021   /   by Adam Donaldson

Tucson considers making room for more casitas

Article originally posted on tucson.com on May 26th, 2021
Calling it an effort to provide more affordable housing, Tucson is considering amending the city code to allow accessory dwelling units, casita-like structures where people can live.
Amending the city’s development code to authorize the dwellings called ADUs for residential use is also part of the city’s push to support multigenerational living options and promote infill development.
The smaller units are add-ons to main residences with their own kitchens and restrooms and are typically under 1,000 square feet. Tucson’s code currently states accessory structures to residences cannot serve as dwelling units.
City staff’s currently proposed regulations include putting the maximum size of the units at 1,000 square feet, allowing one ADU per a residential lot and requiring one parking space per ADU.
With the option to rent ADUs to ones’ parents or grandparents, the units can also provide more ...

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Monday, May 17, 2021   /   by Adam Donaldson

Study: Most U.S. consumers to stick with eating at home post-pandemic

Article originally posted on supermarketnews.com on May 13th, 2021
The eat-at-home trend boosted by the COVID-19 crisis won’t recede anytime soon post-pandemic, according to new research from CPG sales and marketing firm Acosta.
After the pandemic ends, 92% of families plan to continue eating together at home at least as often as — or more often than — they do now, Acosta’s “COVID Dining Journey: Eating at Home and Away From Home” report found. Online surveys of Acosta’s proprietary shopper community, conducted between March and April, showed that eating together as a family will stay the same for 72% of all households, while 20% expect to eat together more frequently.
Almost two-thirds of shoppers polled reported that, since the coronavirus outbreak, they cook at home more and eat “far more” meals at home all the time, Acosta said. That trend spanned all eating occasions during the day. Following the start of the pandemic ...

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Monday, May 10, 2021   /   by Adam Donaldson

Luxury Kitchens & Bathrooms are Pandemic Must-Haves

Article originally posted on zillow.com on March 11th, 2021
Collectively, Americans spent a lot more time at home last year cooking, eating, and, well, taking care of post-meal business. Perhaps not coincidentally, features related to high-end kitchens and luxurious bathrooms frequently appeared in the online listing descriptions of homes that ended up selling for more money than otherwise expected.
To determine the price premium associated with certain features, Zillow analyzed closed home sales in the United States in 2019 and 2020 where we could match the sale to the listing description and the home’s Zestimate in the month before listing. Six out of the top 10 features mentioned in listings that sold for more than expected in 2020 are kitchen-related, two are related to bathrooms and one — “modern farmhouse” — could reasonably apply to both (assuming “modern” does not imply an outhouse situation). 
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