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Posted: 26 September 2012 09:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 271 ]
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...not exactly.  Since I last moved (some almost 15 years ago) rents have become ridiculously expensive where I live even, for studio not much less 1BR flats.  I’ve been fortunate up to now as there maybe 3 rent increases (all very modest) at most at the place where I have lived all these years.  Looked at one studio in town recently which was going for 675USD + all utilities (the ad said 625$ and nothing about the extra utility payments) which comes to nearly 800USD a month (not including about 110USD a month for transit to get to and from work).  I make about 1,400 after deductions & taxes, which wouldn’t leave much for food, never mind 3D stuff.  On top of it there is a 40USD non refundable application fee for “screening” purposes (which is nothing more than a scam in these days of the ‘Net)

Rents are a bit cheaper in the burbs, but one needs a car to get around out there as transit service (particularly on evenings and weekends) is pretty terrible. Don’t care to make my lengthy commute any longer than it already is either. Many of these places though are pretty much “slap dash” affairs with poor insulation, pasteboard thin walls, and baseboard electric heating (with the heating units conveniently located just beneath the non-weatherised windows). Consequently, any “savings” on the rent is greatly offset by high electric bills during the cold rainy season here.

Another issue that has come to light over the years is hooliganism which is actually worse in some of the orbital communities than in the city proper, as most of the gangs were pushed out of the city centre by all the gentrification and development.  A night doesn’t go by where I don’t hear on he news about a gang related shooting or beating in what once was a fairly quiet “bedroom community.”

A lot of it all has to do with all the upscale development, gentrification, and speculation going on here in Portland (Oregon). There’s also a really annoying trend going on these days called “flipping”: where a house (or even apartment block) that has been foreclosed or vacated because of financial stress, is bought only to be turned around for a profit.  This tends to inflate housing costs which is further exacerbated locally here due to the Metro area’s unique “Urban Growth Limit” that was imposed years ago to prevent “Los Angeles” type sprawl.  As many lost their homes during the economic downturn they have turned to renting which has made it a “landlord’s market”. For example, at one apartment house down the block from me, rents were recently increased by upwards 200USD/month (causing a number of residents to move out).

So, in spite of being steadily employed for the last 17 years with the same employer (earning a decent though definitely not “upscale” living), I could easily find myself homeless because of where the housing market here is heading.

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Posted: 26 September 2012 09:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 272 ]
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Just bought a church, a library and one giant ass foyer. Coming soon to a motion comic near you. Thanks! wink

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Posted: 26 September 2012 09:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 273 ]
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...have all three plus a “kick butt” classy dining/ballroom.

Yep, Swindon Manor is coming together nicely (well except maybe the church, I think the Vicar would have something to say about that). smile

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Posted: 27 September 2012 12:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 274 ]
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BC Rice - 26 September 2012 09:37 PM

Just bought a church, a library and one giant ass foyer. Coming soon to a motion comic near you. Thanks! wink

Lol, I think Anderson Hall just got it’s new name wink

Thanks for the support, enjoy.

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Posted: 27 September 2012 12:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 275 ]
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Kyoto Kid - 26 September 2012 09:33 PM

...not exactly.  Since I last moved (some almost 15 years ago) rents have become ridiculously expensive where I live even, for studio not much less 1BR flats.  I’ve been fortunate up to now as there maybe 3 rent increases (all very modest) at most at the place where I have lived all these years.  Looked at one studio in town recently which was going for 675USD + all utilities (the ad said 625$ and nothing about the extra utility payments) which comes to nearly 800USD a month (not including about 110USD a month for transit to get to and from work).  I make about 1,400 after deductions & taxes, which wouldn’t leave much for food, never mind 3D stuff.  On top of it there is a 40USD non refundable application fee for “screening” purposes (which is nothing more than a scam in these days of the ‘Net)

Rents are a bit cheaper in the burbs, but one needs a car to get around out there as transit service (particularly on evenings and weekends) is pretty terrible. Don’t care to make my lengthy commute any longer than it already is either. Many of these places though are pretty much “slap dash” affairs with poor insulation, pasteboard thin walls, and baseboard electric heating (with the heating units conveniently located just beneath the non-weatherised windows). Consequently, any “savings” on the rent is greatly offset by high electric bills during the cold rainy season here.

Another issue that has come to light over the years is hooliganism which is actually worse in some of the orbital communities than in the city proper, as most of the gangs were pushed out of the city centre by all the gentrification and development.  A night doesn’t go by where I don’t hear on he news about a gang related shooting or beating in what once was a fairly quiet “bedroom community.”

A lot of it all has to do with all the upscale development, gentrification, and speculation going on here in Portland (Oregon). There’s also a really annoying trend going on these days called “flipping”: where a house (or even apartment block) that has been foreclosed or vacated because of financial stress, is bought only to be turned around for a profit.  This tends to inflate housing costs which is further exacerbated locally here due to the Metro area’s unique “Urban Growth Limit” that was imposed years ago to prevent “Los Angeles” type sprawl.  As many lost their homes during the economic downturn they have turned to renting which has made it a “landlord’s market”. For example, at one apartment house down the block from me, rents were recently increased by upwards 200USD/month (causing a number of residents to move out).

So, in spite of being steadily employed for the last 17 years with the same employer (earning a decent though definitely not “upscale” living), I could easily find myself homeless because of where the housing market here is heading.

Nasty.

I assume the price increases are bringing in more people, and displacing the rest?

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Posted: 27 September 2012 01:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 276 ]
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...yep, effectively attracting the upwardly mobile 20 - 30 something crowd who have marketable college degrees and nice incomes. 

Meanwhile the Joe/Jane “average” wage earner is being squeezed out of the market.

Not into dealing with a shared living situation.  I have enough “drama” at the day job and on my commute the way it is. “Home” should be a refuge, from stress and petty mind games.

...at least in my book.

Left a second note at a place down the block that has a vacancy (not the aforementioned apartment house in the last post).  Right now, getting it would be a bigger prize than winning the Megabucks Lotto.

...eek it’s late.  Gotta go, as morning comes way too quickly.

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Posted: 29 September 2012 06:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 277 ]
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Building Invetero and rubble from West Park Legacy

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Posted: 29 September 2012 07:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 278 ]
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Did this one for the RRRR contest, using WestPark and EastPark stuff, so I thought I post it here wink

Lost in translation
(The headmaster said bring your parents for a visit, and exchange student Farouk did)

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Posted: 29 September 2012 02:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 279 ]
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LOL Nice one Totte. Can’t tell from here is that mum or dad? She/he looks good for thier age. wink

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Posted: 29 September 2012 02:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 280 ]
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Szark - 29 September 2012 02:52 PM

LOL Nice one Totte. Can’t tell from here is that mum or dad? She/he looks good for thier age. wink

Next time we will bring the RRRR to the commons so everyone can play!
Been a PC only thing organized by the BWC wink

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Posted: 29 September 2012 03:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 281 ]
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I can see the PC forum just I don’t spend much time in there. I have promised myself to enter more next year and to hang out a little more over there.

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Posted: 29 September 2012 04:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 282 ]
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...the PA ketchup sale has been extended through Monday (payday for me) so I now can pick up Invetero. Yay!

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Posted: 30 September 2012 01:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 283 ]
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Kyoto Kid - 29 September 2012 04:26 PM

...the PA ketchup sale has been extended through Monday (payday for me) so I now can pick up Invetero. Yay!

Yay!

Nice renders guys.. Totte, that’s a funny render smile

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Posted: 30 September 2012 12:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 284 ]
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I just wanted to show off my appreciation for the great West Park set. I have really come to enjoy the quality and work that went into the set, and I am using it extensively in an animation project that’s in development.

Here is a quick look at how it is being used in a test animation. This is just a still frame to work on lighting and effects, and the final animations will build on what I’ve learned from experimenting with and tweaking this animation. If there’s enough interest, I’ll even post the animation.

 

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Posted: 30 September 2012 12:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 285 ]
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...I love the fact the “big” sets are also modular so those of us without monster systems can still work with them.  It takes a bit more to position and assemble the individual components than the load the entire set, but that’s a very small price to pay.

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