Imagine a nice Starbucks in the ghetto. The only regulars would be drug dealers, prostitutes, and masked gunmen that rob them every night.
That and they would get looted too.
It's all Obama's fault!!!
Overall, we've had less snow then last year but the temps have been colder.
We have already exceeded our average annual snowfall, and are due another big snowstorm on Thursday.
Maybe the same people who do the real estate valuation models are doing the global warming models???
Maybe the same people doing global warming modeling were also predicting a 20% stock market decline last 2014.
Spring is two weeks away.... Thanks Global Warming!!!
I'm guessing that we will still have snow piles all over well into spring.
You would think that they would know better than to have a crappy army when you have a border with Russia.
In the Times analysis, the Bronx had the worst offenders, with 10 properties alone racking up 331 tickets. Most of these properties have been in foreclosure, according to RealtyTrac Inc., a company that tracks such proceedings. They included ramshackle, single-family houses covered in graffiti, with smashed windows and temporary doors held shut with padlocks.
Why am I not surprised that a place famous for black people has the least people taking care of their sidewalks.
A bulk of the issue is that in vacant buildings it can be difficult to determine who the owner is, who is responsible for maintenance, or to compel payment.
The city has real estate records, since they do send out property tax bills. If not paid they should seize the property and sell to the highest bidder.
The house next to me is vacant, so I shovel their sidewalk clean. I do this mostly because it helps keep my sidewalk clean too, since nobody is tracking snow and ice from that side onto my sidewalk.
"How would they know the size of the men's penises?"
Calculate the % of Asians.
Is that picture of Season 1 Survivor winner Richard Hatch?
Runners training for the Boston Marathon face new endurance test: relentless snow and ice
BOSTON — "Bam! Bam! Bam!" That's the sickening thud Becca Pizzi says runners make when they're out training for the Boston Marathon and bite the dust.
Or, more specifically, the snow.
"I was running on Heartbreak Hill and people were hitting the ground so hard they couldn't get up. You hear those 'bams!' and you're afraid they've broken something," said Pizzi, 34, a day care center owner who's struggling to get in proper shape for her 15th Boston.
Running 26.2 miles requires endurance, but 8½ feet of snow and lots of treacherous black ice are testing this year's participants in frustrating new ways. With race day less than two months away, the relentless winter is sending some runners indoors to basement treadmills and health clubs — and driving others just plain nuts.
One of the blizzards that hit the city in rapid succession forced the Boston Athletic Association, which administers America's premier marathon, to cancel a training clinic. Though the worst of the winter now seems past, there are only 48 days left until April 20, the 119th running of the venerable race.
That's not a lot of time to get legs and lungs in shape. And many streets and sidewalks remain slick, making it difficult and dangerous to share narrower-than-usual roads with drivers and log the 20-mile runs that are a staple of marathon training.
"I'm so sick of sliding around on the snow and ice," said Peter Horning, 30, a chemist who lives in Boston's Chinatown. "It's way worse than running on beach sand. It's exhausting. Every three steps count for seven."
Thirty thousand runners from 90 countries and all 50 states will be represented, including more than 4,800 from hard-hit Massachusetts alone.
Motivated by a desire to run a personal best or to raise money for charity, they're doing what they can to brave the elements or find creative training alternatives.
Some, like Eric Bergen of the Greater Boston Track Club, have resorted to doing all their running indoors on a track or a treadmill. "I haven't stepped outside for a single run in five weeks," he grumbled.
Many marathoners despise what are often called "dreadmills." Their advantages are obvious: There's no weather or traffic to contend with; runners can go as fast as they want, with surer footing; and sweaty indoor workouts can be good preparation if race day is unseasonably warm.
So, too, are the disadvantages: running mindlessly in place, mile after mile for up to three hours at a time, on a bouncy belt that doesn't mimic Boston's potholed asphalt or the course's challenging hills.
Despite the brutal conditions, Kevin Cordaro of Whitman, a cardiology researcher whose Boston goal is 2 hours 45 minutes, managed to run 80 miles last week. But 56 of those were run outdoors, at night, on a half-mile loop in his neighborhood to avoid cars and plows.
That's 112 laps — only slightly less mind-numbing than running in place or circling a track.
"Depending on how many street lights are on, the scenery ranges from stagnant to nonexistent," said Cordaro, 25, so bored he's been listening to "This American Life" and other podcasts while putting in his miles.
To avoid falling outside, others wear cross-country spikes or snap-on devices designed to provide traction.
Gary Circosta learned the hard way how lethal winter can be.
Shortly after Thanksgiving, the 67-year-old dentist — training for his 16th Boston Marathon — fell hard on black ice near his home in central Massachusetts. Two broken ribs punctured and deflated a lung; another rib tore a hole in his diaphragm. He wound up in emergency surgery for septic shock and almost didn't survive.
The biggest difference between this winter and previous winters is that I have never experienced it below freezing all day - every day like this. A normal Baltimore-DC area winter we actually have an average daytime high above freezing every day - even in the winter (or nearly so). That and we used to get rain in the winter too. That really helps melt the snow, so when it does. It's gone in a few days. This winter that just isn't happening. What would normally be rain events that help melt the snow (and clean the streets of salt and chemicals) has been yet still another snowfall. So any evaporating or the rare melting (does happen some in sunny days, even when it is below freezing) that incurs in between snowfalls is being reversed by the nest snowfall, so we end up with snow that just keeps piling up and doesn't seem to go away. We just aren't used to that here. It's more like a Canadian winter than ones that we are used to. I know you folks in California really can't understand this, unless you lived someplace like Michigan or upstate NY (or a similar place).
Besides being very annoying, there is often no place to put all the snow either, at least in urban areas.
It's all Obama's fault!!!
Somehow I don't see AF as someone who wears a suit and buys stock. More like tattoos, leather outfits, and illegally buying guns. Something like that bounty hunter - Dog.
I'm reasonably sure that Dog The Bounty Hunter owns stocks too.
Too late to short Amex and Buy VISA stock at this point.
Maybe this is why we haven't heard from APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostikovitch. Perhaps he has been busy buying stocks.
Iwog wrong again!
Iwog wrong again!
He's living in Caligulan splendor somewhere.
It's all Obama's fault!!!
Technically, haven't 401K loans been in place for a long time to do essentially the same thing?
Yeah, but making them penalty free opens the door to using them as a substitute for a bank account.
I've been doing this the old fashioned way, by lifting my leg when I fart so that everyone will know.