Asian malls in the U.S. are packed and adding new stores, bucking a retail trend
Every weekend this summer, thousands of people have flocked to a seasonal night market in front of Asian Garden Mall in Westminster, California, to scoop up grilled razor clams, balut and fresh-squeezed sugar cane juice. Twenty minutes north, in Buena Park, Yena Kim and Jackie Lee, both 16, visit The Source OC at least once a month.
Texas natives likeliest to ‘stick' around, pointing to state's economic health
How well does each state keep its native residents? Based on a calculation measuring the share of people born in each state who still live there, Texas is the nation's “stickiest” state. The natives aren't leaving. Since the pandemic, shifts in population—from states like California and New York to destinations such as Texas and Florida—have been well documented.
Santa Monica tries pickleball to fix ailing Third Street Promenade
Los Angeles Times
Could pickleball be the answer to America's big-box retail crisis? In Santa Monica, it may be a start. Pickle Pop, an indoor pickleball venue where players can reserve court time, opened its doors on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade, one of the city's popular shopping areas, on Saturday. Part sports club, part clothing retailer, part restaurant, Pickle Pop positions itself as an inviting space for serious athletes and social picklers alike, offering a relatively affordable alternative to waiting in line to play at public parks.
Over 40,000 eviction notices have gone out in L.A. this year
Los Angeles Times
At Promenade Towers, a Bunker Hill apartment complex with 611 units that bills itself as “an urban oasis in the heart of downtown,” tenants received 371 eviction notices from late January through July. At 1600 Vine, a Hollywood building with 375 units that's been known for attracting social media influencers who have posted from its balconies and manicured courtyard, 313 notices were issued in that period.
A statewide cap on property taxes could be on next year's ballot
Colorado Public Radio
Colorado voters could face another property tax question next year. Supporters say this one offers a simple, statewide remedy for property owners, but opponents argue it would come with a host of complex consequences for local communities. A conservative coalition says it submitted about 225,000 voters' signatures in support of the potential ballot measure, currently known as Initiative #50.
'Portability' tax exemption can save Florida homeowners big money
Palm Beach Post
LOCAL 'No clue how it works': Little-understood property tax rule can save homebuyers thousands It's called "portability" and it means people can take advantage of their homestead savings...
Williamstown Grappling With 'Fairness' of Property Tax Proposal
A property tax proposal that has dominated Select Board discussions this summer largely comes down to a question of how one defines "fairness." Select Board member Stephanie Boyd has been advocating that the town consider adopting the commonwealth's residential tax exemption as a way to shift some of the tax levy away from owners of lower-priced homes and toward owners of higher-end properties.