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3 brand spanking new places to live in downtown Dayton

Published: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:42 PM

We take you inside Monument Walk, a Charlie Simms development in Downtown Dayton. Video by Amelia Robinson

There are more housing options than ever in downtown Dayton. 

Okay, okay some of these aren’t ready quite yet BUT when they are at least you’ll be the first to know about it!

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If you’re looking for a new pad, there are a few hot options that just arrived on the market.

Monument Walk

Photos of Monument Walk, a new Charlie Simms development in downtown Dayton.(Dawn M Smith)

Monument Walk is a 17-townhouse complex near the corner of Ludlow St. and Monument Ave. It’s the fifth downtown Dayton project for local developer Charles Simms. 

>> Downtown ‘renaissance’ helping drive answer to ‘Why Dayton?’

The 3,227 to 3,470-square-foot, elevator-ready homes start at $489,900.

We got a sneak peek of one of these plush townhouses during the free Downtown Housing Tour organized by the Downtown Dayton Partnership. 

>> Swanky Oregon District home that once held Southern Belle is on sale

Delco Lofts

Rendering shows the inside of a Delco Loft apartment. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

With a prime spot nestled between Fifth Third Field and soon to be Lock 27 brewery’s downtown location, the Delco Lofts are surely the next hot place to live. 

>> PHOTOS: See the latest progress on downtown’s Delco Lofts

The lofts, whose lease rates range from $905 for an one-room apartment to $1,700 for a split-level loft, will feature 12-foot ceilings and 16-feet-wide floor-to-ceiling windows, developers Crawford Hoying and Woodard Development said. 

>> 10 downtown Dayton projects to be excited about

>>UPDATE: These downtown apartments are filling up FAST

The Wheelhouse

Here is an update on what's going on at Troll Pub Under the Bride and The Wheelhouse apartments. Video by Amelia Robinson

Lee Weyland of Weyland Ventures said things are moving along well for The Wheelhouse project, located at 210 Wayne Ave.

>>PHOTOS: Look inside the new Wheelhouse Lofts in Dayton’s Oregon District

You might know this space better as “that (formerly) abandoned building next to the old Garden Station.”

So far it will include a 40-unit apartment building and a Troll Pub Under the Bridge restaurant and bar.

>> Louisville pub plans to open 250-seat location in Dayton

The developers are hopeful that tenants will be able to move in by late June or early July. 

>>RELATED: As $8M project wraps up, here’s what’s next for developer

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6 house upgrades to do now for a better listing price later

Published: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 2:08 PM

Be sure to avoid these 6 common mistakes that first-time home buyers often make Not getting a professional inspection Not putting a pause button on purchases Not keeping up with correspondence Not understanding the hidden costs of buying a home Not working with a buyer's agent Not looking into loan assistance programs

Whether you want to flip your house in a few months or you just want to use your remodel money wisely, the most beneficial home upgrades are not a matter of chance.

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And they "aren't particularly sexy," according to Bank Rate's Holden Lewis. 

Except for a minor kitchen remodel, according to Remodeling magazine's 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, you'll gain the highest returns from getting work done on the exterior of the house (hello, garage door!), not interior renovations of the sort that you can enjoy yourself (goodbye, dream rec room).

Developing the discipline to put your budget into the remodeling projects that deliver the highest return, instead of, say, your dream outdoor kitchen or super-size MIL quarters, will pay off when you sell, Remodeling said.

The magazine compared the average cost of 21 popular remodeling projects completed by pros in 149 metropolitan areas. Then it surveyed real estate pros in 100 markets to find out how much each project would increase a home's resale value a year after each project was completed. (Note that none of the projects actually added value to the final sales price of a home. Instead, they were the projects that paid back the highest amount of the initial investment, either in actual dollars or percentages).

The projects that yielded the most bang for the buck from Remodeling's findings included these top six, based on national average:

1. Garage door replacement

Job cost: $3,470

Value added: $3,411

Cost recouped: 98.3 percent

2. Manufactured stone veneer

Job cost: $8,221

Value added: $7,986

Cost recouped: 97.1 percent

3. Wood deck addition

Job cost: $10,950

Value added: $9,065

Cost recouped: 82.8 percent

4. Minor kitchen remodel

Job cost: $21,198

Value added: $17,193

Cost recouped: 81.1 percent

5. Siding replacement

Job cost: $15,072

Value added: $11,554

Cost recouped: 76.7 percent

6. Window replacement, vinyl

Job cost: $15,955

Value added: $11,855

Cost recouped: 74.3 percent

The most sensible indoor remodel project after the minor kitchen remodel was a Universal Design bathroom, which Remodeling concluded would cost about $16,393 and add about $11,581 in value, for 70.6 percent.

For 2018 and on into future years, Remodeling expected a continued gain in costs for remodeling projects, like the 3- to 5-percent increase in costs experienced in 2017. "Fall hurricanes and fires began fueling what one building products distributor calls 'a freight train of extraordinary demand' — demand certain to keep elevating the prices for many building materials," noted the publication. "Expect, as well, an even greater shortage of skilled workers in disaster-struck markets as those workers struggle to fix up their own homes and employers feel pressure to respond with pay hikes."


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The story behind 6 of the creepiest  nursery rhyme lines 

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 1:10 PM

Here's the story behind some creepy nursery rhyme lines "Hey Diddle, Diddle" may be a reference to the scandal between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester “Humpty Dumpty” was a piece of propaganda that passed from town to town as the news of Charles I's defeat The old woman from "Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe" may have been Queen Caroline or Elizabeth Vergoose of Boston

It's a lucky babe who is sung to sleep with a nursery rhyme, soothing and rhythmic, just like a mother's heartbeat. And the rhymes date back centuries.

Still, "for all their popularity, most of us don't know what the heck we're singing about," noted Emily Frost in Babble. "There was an old lady who lived in a shoe? What!? To make matters worse, we're singing them with children who are at the height of their inquisitive and persistent phase, as in, 'Why? Why? But why?'"

»RELATED: Real-life Humpty Dumpty statue falls off wall

Every now and then, it's refreshing to join the little ones in a good bit of curiosity. 

Before chanting another rhyme about animals who may or may not have any wool or pockets that are full of posies, let's review some lyrics and their origins. Just what do those weird old nursery rhymes mean?

First off, there are the purely bizarre. Kids don't have to grow up and read Alice In Wonderland for outright strange sequences. Not when there's Hey Diddle, Diddle, a nursery rhyme that can be traced back to 1500s England and may be a reference to the scandal between Queen Elizabeth I and her "lap dog," Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester, according to ABC Kids, Inc.

Sure, the diversity of the dish running away with the spoon is admirable, but "The cat and the fiddle / The cow jumped over the moon / The little dog laughed to see such fun," is pretty odd.

Runner-up in this category, definitely is the Three Men in a Tub. There is the obvious question of whether anyone could ever make a solid living as a candlestick maker. And the whole scene of "Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub. And who do you think were there? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, and all jumped out of a rotten potater" conjures up the kind of dream you'd have after too many late-night chili dogs.

It's kind of surprising that Stephen King hasn't based a suspense story on a similar scenario: “Them”, instead of “It”.

Even weirder: the actual story behind the lyrics, according to Albert Jack in Babble.  It dates back to the 15th century and first referred to "maids" in a tub, not men, and most likely alluded to a traveling peep show.

When the nursery rhymes aren't outright acid-trippy, they can still be oddly violent, especially against the background of slumbering babies and their parents sing-song voices. Um, really, "All the king's horses and all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty together again" after his great fall? And while illustrators have long considered Humpty an egg, that's not apparent in the verbal version. Shattering is so uncool!

The historical background does put a positive spin on the death and destruction that modern-day parents can appreciate: "Written in the same vein as “Hitler Has Only Got One Ball” (a song mocking the Nazis that raised the British spirits during the darker days of World War II), “Humpty Dumpty” was a piece of propaganda that passed from town to town as the news of [Charles I's] defeat spread across England and the Parliamentarian troops slowly returned home, teaching even their youngest children to recite the tale of their victory," Jack said.

And that stinking Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe? Had so many children, she didn't know what to do? Surely we're not advocating her approach of giving them all broth without any bread, whipping them all soundly and putting them to bed?

But the reassuring note about the Old Woman nursery rhyme is that it probably related to a good thing: According to ABC Kids, Inc., two famous figures may have been the old woman in the rhyme. One is Queen Caroline, wife to King George II, who had eight children. The other is Elizabeth Vergoose of Boston, who had a total of 16 children, six of her own and 10 adopted. A queen who could produce lots of kids for her monarch (the old "heir and a spare") was a good thing, even if whipping was not.

Rock-a-bye-baby is another that's melodious, and has soothed tykes to sleep by the billions. Probably better not to dwell too long on the lyrics involving, "When the bough breaks the cradle will fall, And down will come baby, cradle and all."

It's just no good to have a baby falling out of a tree, whether or not the chant was written by an American immigrant or back in England, as speculated.

Another disheartening, gray tale that is widely accepted and rarely analyzed: "Old Mother Hubbard." The first few lines from this 1800s rhyme, possibly based on a comic book, are probably all most of us know well:

Old Mother Hubbard/Went to the cupboard/To give the poor dog a bone/When she came there/The cupboard was bare/And so the poor dog had none.

While that's not a sweet message for our tots, the second verse is a real hair raiser:

She went to the baker's/To buy him some bread/When she came back/The dog was dead!

To which we reply, "Yikes."

If you think about it, this might be good training. Today, toddlers can subconsciously absorb lyrics to nursery rhymes like Frere Jaques, and only many years later ponder such questions as, "Would morning bells that are ringing really go 'ding, dang, dong?'" This reasoning process will prepare them not to be alarmed when they start listening to rock and pondering lyrics to, say, American Pie. Or maybe they'll do like they do now: enjoy the bonding and not worry about the words.


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Woman could face jail time over garden

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

Atlanta City Code Enforcement told Lexa King that her flowers are overgrown. (Photo via WSB-TV)
Atlanta City Code Enforcement told Lexa King that her flowers are overgrown. (Photo via WSB-TV)

A Georgia woman could face jail time and a large fine over her garden.

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Atlanta city code enforcement officers told Lexa King that her flower garden is overgrown.

King told WSB-TV’s Rikki Klaus that she’s been growing her garden for about 30 years. She beams when she talks about the azaleas in her yard.

"And since I pay the taxes and since I pay the mortgage and since I pay the insurance, I figure I'm the one that gets to say," King said.

Code enforcement officers see the situation, and her garden, differently.

"They said it was messy, said it was overgrown,” King said. "I said, ‘Well, this is a matter of your interpretation.’”

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In December, King said, an anonymous complaint led to an arrest citation. It details "overgrowth" in her yard and said she's violating a city code that prohibits "excessive growth."

"We asked him for a definition of excessive, which he could not provide," King said.

Klaus asked King whether she plans to cut the shrubs back.

"Not unless I'm absolutely forced to," King said.

King said she's fighting a bigger battle to protect the quirkiness of Atlanta’s Candler Park neighborhood.

"This is not about me. It's not about those azaleas. This is about our neighborhood and the way of life that we have here," King said.

Neighbors said they've been writing to City Council members on King's behalf.

"We're hoping for dismissal of these charges before Lexa King appears in front of the Municipal Court of Atlanta to be sentenced for her crime of azaleas," neighbor Scott Jacobs said.

Klaus researched the penalties of a court citation. King could face up to 60 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Her hearing will take place in August.

Klaus contacted code enforcement for reaction to this story. She’s still waiting to get a response. 

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Protecting your smart home

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Today, nearly one-quarter of U.S. homeowners live in a smart home, and that number is expected to double over the next five years. If you haven’t bought into smart technology, you’re rapidly becoming the minority. The smart home offers luxury and convenience to homes, but as homes get smarter and cooler, the people living in them have to become smarter, too -- and safer. In an age where everything from our front doors, to our televisions, to our bank accounts, to our cars, is connected, it’s crucial to ask yourself “Am I being safe?” Click here to read some tips on you can keep your smart home safe.

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