Is your house subject to strange creaking noises? Sudden, inexplicable, drops in temperature? And, most spine tingling of all, blurry reflections in windows and mirrors? If so, it could be your place is haunted.
That may not be a big deal for you though, if one, you don’t believe in paranormal phenomena, and/or two, you don’t actually intend to reside in said property, but rather rent it out to someone else, or move the problem sideways, as it were.
All of these strategies share a few key assumptions: that demand for cars within the Millennial generation is just waiting to be unlocked; that as the economy slowly recovers, today’s young people will eventually want to buy cars as much as their parents and grandparents did; that a finer-tuned appeal to Millennial values can coax them into dealerships. Perhaps. But what if these assumptions are simply wrong? What if Millennials’ aversion to car-buying isn’t a temporary side effect of the recession, but part of a permanent generational shift in tastes and spending habits? It’s a question that applies not only to cars, but to several other traditional categories of big spending – most notably, housing. And its answer has large implications for the future shape of the economy – and for the speed of recovery.
If smartphones have have effectively shrunk the size of computers, and I’m thinking of the desktop devices of say ten years ago, then it’s time we considered applying the same proportions to our homes. And it’s not as if people are struggling to live reasonably comfortably in spaces that are the size of the average garden shed either…
I had been away from this state for over 20 years, and it took a great deal of courage to make the trip from Yosemite to visit 50 Villa Street. I tried not to think of what it might look like. Unbidden, images of decay arose, or perhaps an apartment building standing where I used to play.