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Stamen delivers another lovely project: Trulia Hindsight.

posted by Jason Kottke   May 30, 2007

Stamen delivers another lovely project: Trulia Hindsight. It’s an animated map of the US which shows new home construction over a period of years “with an eye towards exposing patterns of expansion and development”. As you might expect, the growth of a city like Las Vegas is interesting to watch. More on the project from Stamen and on the Trulia Hindsight blog.

Undiscovered bedrooms, the typical dream of the

posted by Jason Kottke   May 18, 2007

Undiscovered bedrooms, the typical dream of the New Yorker. I always thought the undiscovered room dream story was apocryphal until Meg, unaware of the story at the time, dreamt of finding another room in our apartment a few months ago.

Rollercoaster version of the graph of US

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 04, 2007

Rollercoaster version of the graph of US home prices adjusted for inflation…you basically ride the curve of the graph. Brilliant…I want to ride all the graphs I come across! (via is it real or is it magnetbox)

The McMansion page on Wikipedia is surprisingly

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 02, 2007

The McMansion page on Wikipedia is surprisingly detailed. Other terms for a McMansion include Faux Chateau, Frankenhouse, Starter Castle, and Parachute Home. The Lawyer Foyer refers to “the two-story entry space typically found on many McMansions which is meant to be visually overwhelming but which contributes little to the useful space of the house”.

LeBron James’ new house: 35,440 sq ft, 2200 sq

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 28, 2007

LeBron James’ new house: 35,440 sq ft, 2200 sq ft master suite (with 2-story walk-in closet), theater, casino, barber shop, bowling alley, and a limestone bust of LeBron wearing a headband.

Roommate Wanted: Share My West Village Pad. “

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 21, 2007

Roommate Wanted: Share My West Village Pad. “Ideally, you do not have ‘a lot’ of friends (i.e., any). But if you do, they cannot visit the apartment at any time.”

The friendly city

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 06, 2007

Story about a couple who moved out of their suburban house and into a condo in the city and how their lives have changed.

This has had a profound effect on how we interact with people. We realize now that the cocoons of our cars kept us well insulated from the people around us. Our genuine interactions were with family and coworkers, the only people who saw us stripped of the metal that clothed and protected us. Our neighbors, we discovered, were virtually strangers. Now, we stand face-to-face with people in our building’s elevators, at our corner hangouts, and on the sidewalks. We chitchat and pet our neighbors’ dogs. We exchange ‘good mornings’ with the people we pass everyday on our way to work. We’ve developed friendships with several proprietors and servers at our favorite restaurants.

(via a.whole)

Blast from the past: MRWong’s Soup’Partments, the

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 07, 2006

Blast from the past: MRWong’s Soup’Partments, the world’s tallest virtual building.

Suroweicki explans why ever-rising housing prices may

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 27, 2006

Suroweicki explans why ever-rising housing prices may be deceiving. “If you control for inflation and quality…real home prices barely budged between the eighteen-nineties and the nineteen-nineties. The idea that housing prices have nowhere to go but up is, in other words, a statistical illusion.”

The 10 best blocks in NYC.

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 13, 2006

The 10 best blocks in NYC.

Letters to George W. Bush from German

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 25, 2006

Letters to George W. Bush from German citizens attempting to affirm their rights to moon land they have purchased for $19.99 an acre. “If you intend to use my area within the bounds of your intention, to build a moon base or something else on, over, or under the surface of this moon area, you have to contact me personally. This must be absolutely, to clear up under which special conditions I will leave the rights of use to you or the United States of America.”

Graph of American house values from 1890 to

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 31, 2006

Graph of American house values from 1890 to the present. You can’t miss the sheer cliff starting in 1997. Houses have also gotten bigger over time. It would be interesting to see the same graph in price/square feet. (via ben hyde)

A West Village family built a porch

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 20, 2006

A West Village family built a porch and garden on top of their six floor apartment building. The photos are surreal. “The depth [of the soil] was kept consistent because Mr. Puchkoff had the foresight to collect two dozen chopsticks from Sushi on Hudson, a Japanese restaurant in the neighborhood, and mark them at seven inches.”

James Surowiecki fills us in on a

posted by Jason Kottke   May 01, 2006

James Surowiecki fills us in on a new investment opportunity, housing futures. “If housing futures work the way they’re supposed to, they will shift risk from those who are less able to bear it (individual homeowners with hefty mortgages) to those who are more willing to (speculators looking for a big upside on their investments). In the process, they will effectively provide a form of house-price insurance.”

Modernist prefab houses are all the rage

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 07, 2006

Modernist prefab houses are all the rage these days. “Designed by architects, constructed in factories and trucked to their sites, these houses had the look the couple wanted, at a lower price.” The Dwell House had a lot to do with current interest is modern prefab housing.

Manhattan’s Chinatown didn’t bounce back after 9/11 and

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 25, 2006

Manhattan’s Chinatown didn’t bounce back after 9/11 and the city’s Chinese are moving elsewhere in the city to find cheaper rents. (via dg)

1880s Brooklyn brownstone has swastika patterns as

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 29, 2005

1880s Brooklyn brownstone has swastika patterns as part of the wood flooring. “We turned to the landlord guy and said, ‘You haven’t fixed this?!?!’ He suggested that we could just put furniture over them. All four, in every room. And then he told us that there had been a number of Jews who’d looked at the place and ‘seemed really bothered by it.’”

Freakonomists Levitt and Dubner on how your

posted by Jason Kottke   May 05, 2005

Freakonomists Levitt and Dubner on how your real estate agent may not have your best interests at heart when selling your house.