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Starbucks knows the next hot neighborhood before everybody else does

What does that look like in practice? Let’s look at the historical home value appreciation of areas that now are located within a quarter mile of a Starbucks. A home that is now near a Starbucks would have sold, on average, for $137,000. A home that is not near a Starbucks would have sold, on average, for $102,000.

Fast-forward 17 years to 2014. That average American home has now appreciated 65%, to $168,000. But the Starbucks-adjacent property has far outpaced that, appreciating 96% to $269,000.

Starbucks is the fuel, not the follower

“Try some decaf,” you may be thinking. “Home prices rise and fall for a lot of reasons. How do we know this has anything to do with Starbucks?” For instance, maybe this isn’t a Starbucks Effect at all. Maybe it’s just a coffeeshop effect.
To examine that possibility, we took a look at another prominent coffee chain, Dunkin’ Donuts.
What did we learn? Homes near Dunkin’ Donuts reflect a similar historical trend. But while they appreciate faster than the nation’s housing as a whole, they still don’t appreciate as fast as properties that are now a quarter-mile from a Starbucks.

http://qz.com/334269/what-starbucks-has-done-to-american-home-values/

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Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

King Abdullah

king-rip

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2922592/Has-Saudi-Arabia-s-King-Abdullah-died-battle-pneumonia.html

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Take time to craft the story of your life.

There’s been considerable research on the importance of reminiscence, life review. Most old people would like to be able to see their lives as a meaningful whole, to be able to sum it up into a coherent narrative.

I don’t want to wax too poetic, but I have really been struck by something which the famous psychologist Erik Erikson said. At some point you realize that you’re given this one chance — he words it this way — ‘this one chance in all of eternity to enact an identity and to play it out in the real world.’

Towards the end of life, what’s really important to people is to be able to see how their life mattered, how it was meaningful, how there was a story to it that wraps up in a good way.

People who are able to create that kind of narrative, and think of their life in that way, are typically happier. They’re more generative. They’re much more serene and open to the end of life. So that is really good work for people to do. Writing about it is something that a number of my interviewees did. Often my best interviewees were people who had done some writing of memoirs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/21/lessons-loving-living_n_6510734.html

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

How doctors keep young: Their biggest secret? They will do anything to steer clear of other doctors

In our life-changing series, one of Britain’s top doctors has been explaining how you really can defy the years and stay feeling younger for longer by following a few simple rules. 

Yesterday, he explained how to age-proof every part of your body. 

Today, he explains how to choose and use healthcare wisely – and what doctors do to keep themselves young.

We all know one of the downsides of growing older is that the risk of health problems increases. It is no surprise that the percentage of people free from disease decreases as age increases – in each age group from 60 onwards, the percentage of people who have more than one disease grows greater.

However, what is less well known is that many of us are receiving medical treatments that are of little benefit – and, in fact, may be doing us harm. Just consider what doctors do when they have a health problem themselves. You might expect them to opt straight away for the best drugs or an operation by the best consultant in his or her field.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2917238/How-doctors-young-biggest-secret-steer-clear-doctors-Learn-avoiding-medicines-ops-don-t-need.html#ixzz3PMDcyZNQ

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Here Is The Most Popular Cuisine In Each State

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/most-popular-cuisine-state_n_6457252.html

Florida

  1. Cuban — 757 percent higher than national average.
  2. Caribbean — 286 percent higher than national average.
  3. Peruvian — 264 percent higher than national average.
  4. Latin — 217 percent higher than national average.
  5. Spanish — 159 percent higher than national average.

Illinois

  1. Pakistani — 80 percent higher than national average.
  2. Hot dogs — 76 percent higher than national average.
  3. Middle Eastern — 34 percent higher than national average.
  4. Greek — 25 percent higher than national average.
  5. Indian-Pakistani — 23 percent higher than national average.

Massachusetts

  1. Portuguese — 716 percent higher than national average.
  2. Brazilian — 361 percent higher than national average.
  3. Irish — 179 percent higher than national average.
  4. Seafood — 90 percent higher than national average.
  5. Middle Eastern — 82 percent higher than national average.

Connecticut

  1. Spanish — 168 percent higher than national average.
  2. Deli — 95 percent higher than national average.
  3. Italian — 89 percent higher than national average.
  4. Irish — 69 percent higher than national average.
  5. Caribbean — 56 percent higher than national average.

New York

  1. Kosher — 414 percent higher than national average.
  2. Halal — 233 percent higher than national average.
  3. Spanish — 206 percent higher than national average.
  4. Caribbean — 158 percent higher than national average.
  5. Delis — 117 percent higher than national average.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/14/most-popular-cuisine-state_n_6457252.html

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Breastaurants Booming As The Restaurant Industry Struggles

Sales at the Tilted Kilt, Twin Peaks and Brick House, casual eateries featuring scantily clad waitresses, have grown at a double-digit pace over the last year, according to projections from Technomic, a food market research firm. At the same time, sales limped along at most big restaurant chains like Olive Garden and TGI Friday’s.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/13/breastaurants-growth_n_6443274.html

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

The $140,000-a-year welding job

HOUSTON—Justin Friend’s parents have doctoral degrees and have worked as university lecturers and researchers. So Mr. Friend might have been expected to head for a university after graduating from high school in Bryan, Texas, five years ago.

Instead, he attended Texas State Technical College in Waco, and received a two-year degree in welding. In 2013, his first full year as a welder, his income was about $130,000, more than triple the average annual wages for welders in the U.S. In 2014, Mr. Friend’s income rose to about $140,000.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/140-000-welding-job-193900082.html

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
 
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