Senior Housing - Broken Brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"While senior-housing industry executives say there is solid evidence seniors have been better off in their care they acknowledged they have suffered a major image problem."    Clearly, senior housing is a broken brand.   In addition, telemedicine makes it increasingly possible for the elderly to age at home, be that their family house or an apartment in a multi-generation residential complex in Tucson, Arizona.

2020 43

Your House/Condo/Mobile Home In Tucson, AZ Will Likely Sell This Spring

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Here in Tucson, Arizona, the temperature on Thanksgiving Day will be about 80 degrees. Of course, we know that we better make the decision soon whether to buy a house. All those houses, condos and mobile homes in AZ which haven't sold will probably be the subject of bidding wars.    A hand-wringing new acquaintance here has put his house on the market twice. Not that we haven't had a few nippy days now and then since late October.

2014 47

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The Stock Market - Folks In Tucson, Arizona Didn't Notice

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

All through the weekend, when the stock market plunged more than a 1,000 points and as talking heads speculate how bad or not so bad it will get, my social and professional circles in Tucson, Arizona never mentioned what is transfixing metro centers around the world. All that it means is that you have a bigger house than many other people.

Chevy Cobalt - From Empty To Full, $18.32, Fry's, Tucson, Arizona

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Roger, Tucson, Arizona. We can consider we can afford the gas to get to the second house we buy. Okay, I did have Reward Points From Fry's (One of Kroger Supermarket Brands). Those totaled a 20-cents discount per gallon at Fry's gasoline pumps, on 1st Avenue and E. But, still, even without it, I would have filled up the empty tank of the Chevy Colbalt for less than half what it had cost last April when I filled up on Foxon Road, in New Haven, Connecticut.

You Thought You Were So Smart Relocating to Tucson, AZ - Financial Joke on You

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Tucson, Arizona used to be  the affordable and desirable place to relocate for retirement and various versions of downsizing expenses. Back in April 2014, a large, that is 440 square foot, studio apartment at Tucson's Vista Montana complex went for $400 a month.   Retirees and the semi-retired who pulled up roots in the Northeast or West Coast for the low-cost lifestyle in Tucson now find themselves in a financial pickle.

"Affordable Housing"- No Longer Just a Low-Income Meme

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released a disconcerting report. " The economic experts define "cost burdened" as paying more than one-third of income for housing. million in America pay 50% or more for housing.   Take Tucson, Arizona. Public relations and marketing communications firms can be in the front lines in lobbying for affordable housing.

2020 40

"Affordable Housing"- No Longer Just a Low-Income Meme

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released a disconcerting report. " The economic experts define "cost burdened" as paying more than one-third of income for housing. million in America pay 50% or more for housing.   Take Tucson, Arizona. Public relations and marketing communications firms can be in the front lines in lobbying for affordable housing.

2020 40

The New Aging - Bringing Back the Boarding House

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They sold the family house in order to reduce the financial uncertainty of home ownership. One solution is to bring back that one-time popular living model: the boarding house.   My introduction to boarding house living came when I was a doctoral student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. My most vivid memory was hosting a party in the "parlor" of a boarding house on South Division Street.

2018 40

Housing We Can Afford - Tipping Point

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Last night at a social gathering in Tucson, Arizona, I  again  ran into expatriots from New York City. The tipping point for all us was the rapidly escalating cost of housing in the east. One Millennial said that in Brooklyn she felt she had really lucked out to have a room with no private bath or private entrance in a house for about $700. Then little by little she realized she could have a studio apartment or even one bedroom in Tucson for half that. 

2014 40

Old-Fashioned Solution for Multi-Dimensional Problems: Bringing Back Boarding Houses

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Actually, it's an old-fashioned one: a cool version of the boarding house. " Decades ago, television series and B-films about the wild west had featured those boarding houses. Most were flop houses.    When I worked in Barcelona, Spain, I bunked in a boarding house off Calle de San Francisco. Unlike the traditional SRO, living in a boarding house is usually wholesome and safe.

2019 43

Airbnb: Can it extend its brand to shared home-cooked meals? (I can live-blog that here in Tucson, AZ)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Whose house did you dine at last night?   Here in Tucson, Arizona, where there are so many newcomers such as myself, Airbnb could develop a brisk business. The restaurant industry is likely nervous.   Airbnb could disrupt it, just as it is doing in the lodging business.  In a pilot program in San Francisco, Airbnb is trying out matching cooks with those who would like to enjoy a home-cooked meal in a private setting.

2014 43

Climate Change: Cold Becomes The New Smart

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The Guardian focuses on the popular destination for retirees and those who want to shift down to semi-retirement: Tucson, Arizona. Think about it: After being cooped up in an office in a Manhattan or Los Angeles high rise for 30 years, who wants to be cooped up in a air-conditioned house or apartment in Tucson? Also, because of the migration to Tucson of the middle class in California who can't afford that state rents seem to be going up.

Brand New York City - Only for Those with "Real Money"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Where I had re-located - Tucson, Arizona - is also less and less affordable. One factor is the migration there of those from California who are being driven out by unbearable housing costs. But Tucson is not longer Paradise in the Desert. For instance, at Vista Montana apartment complex in Tucson, a 440 square foot efficiency had billed at $400 a month in 2014. However, that truism also is extending to myriad metro areas such as Tucson.

The New Bohemians (Part 4) - Why We Mourn Vanishing World of Alt-Weeklies

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Right now, Tucson, Arizona, where I have relocated, still has the Tucson Weekly. At the Loft Cinema, an independent movie house, we read the Tucson Weekly in the dark before the coming attractions begin. Earlier this year, another alt-weekly died: the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The New Bohemians are still mourning. We had already lost our anchors in too many metro areas such as New Haven, Connecticut.

2015 52

The Coronavirus Economy - Will You Have to Retire Early, Relocate?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You sold the family house. You may have trouble selling your house, at least not at the price you need or not at all. Sure, Tucson, AZ requires a lot less to live in than Manhattan. But, since the big migration of those from California to AZ because of the high cost of living there, Tucson has become more expensive. What seems to make financial common sense is for you to move into their house. For those aging, relocation has always been a tough decision.

2020 40

Settling In - Not when making a good living requires non-stop pivots

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Our generations of Baby Boomers and X were reared to find a way to make a living, marry, have a family, and buy a house. There was one such neighbor in Tucson, Arizona. I had left the East Coast for Tucson in early 2014. At the time, Tucson was a good choice. The cost of living is the same as Tucson's. That is, our objective was to settle in. That was then.

2016 43

Homelessness Is Business Issue, Including Branding In Tourism, Real Estate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No family wants to buy a coop in Manhattan or a house in Tucson, Arizona after observing that some homeless have staked out that territory. The homeless cast a spell. And the dynamics of that voodoo can taint the tourist business. Cape Cod is no exception. In Hawaii, the powers that be had to get tough. The presence of the homeless who keep adding to the nest on the sidewalk can also taint a real-estate deal.

2015 50

SuperBowl 2015 - Lots Of Money To Be Made In Phoenix Metro Area

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Some in the Phoenix, Arizona Metro area have likely already leased space in their houses, apartments, and mobile homes through Airbnb for Super Bowl 2015.  While the North and East are receiving their first blast of Arctic air, here in Tucson we are a long way from needing to put on our heat for a few months.    Owners of properties with driveways will be posting signs "Park Here for dollars." 

2014 53

Work - New Status Symbol Among Older Americans

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

To learn new software "on the company," I applied for a part-time in Retirement Paradise Tucson, Arizona. And, they wondered if I was going to buy a house since I was probably earning so much (in addition I was operating a few telecommuting communications and coaching businesses). I was hired. Overnight I became a celebrity in the 100-unit rental complex. People would stop in the courtyard, come to my door, and call me.

2019 43

PetSmart, Thank You For Not Cross-Selling

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

 Instead of asking around Tucson, Arizona about a "good" vet (i.e. one who doesn't cross-sell), I will take my dog to PetSmart's in-house vet practice.  Unlike in New Haven, Connecticut, in Tucson it's full service.  No more Norman Rockwell ethos when we do business with an increasing number of vet services.  There's a glut out there of both vet practices and vets.

Panhandling - Growing Career Path

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Early every morning a neighbor in this apartment complex in Tucson, Arizona heads out, with a folding chair, a dog and a collection basket. A woman who bunks in a recovery half way house in Tucson essentially has the same schedule. In a shopping plaza outside Tucson, regularly I am harassed by what's now labeled "aggressive panhandling."

2014 43

Leaving New York, By Way of Arizona

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

My reasons for fleeing the New York Metro area in 2014 ranged from the high cost of housing, which was getting higher all the time. Within 27 months living in Tucson, AZ, I had detoxed from much of Manhattan. Surprisingly, the cost of living is as cheap as it was in Tucson. Essentially my new home is a kind of halfway house. In 2014, 126,000 left New York City. That's what newgeography.com found. Probably

Boston - Why Are People Moving Out?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

I would add that through the internet we can find an apartment or house to rent, shop for all kinds of insurances, verify crime rates, and assess if the public schools are okay. Thanks to the internet I could relocate to low-cost-of-living Tucson, Arizona cold. Tucson fit the bill. The latter can bunk in subsidized housing and receive entitlements. The Boston brand was cool+.

Dog Leash - Multi-Purpose Networking Tool

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  On the other hand, here on the North Side of Tucson, Arizona, rescue dog Lee and I keep getting stopped. No, we can't meander the roads (no sidewalks in this part of Tucson) preoccupied with a work assignment. We compliment the color scheme of their houses. The secret to leveraging walking your dog as a multi-purpose networking tool is the same as in real estate: Location, location, location. 

2014 53

Real Estate Is a Business - History Could Feature Evictions as Symbol of COVID-19 Devastation

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In capitalism, housing, though an essential service, is not provided free.   Currently, housing more than the number of people on the lease risks being tossed out. I bore witness to that among those leasing efficiency apartments in Tucson, Arizona. "So, far, 24 states are now processing evictions again, and that number is expected to climb to at 30 states by the end of June."  "  - Michael Braga, USA Today , June 10, 2020.

2020 43

Sharing Economy - Uncertain Ride for Workers

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Right now I have enough of a reserve for a down payment on a condo or eve a house here in Tucson, Arizona. I sold my house. Weekly I scan the Houses For Sale ads. They are called "microearners," reports Natasha Singer in The New York Times. They are the contingent workers in the Sharing Economy. They depend on assignments from the Ubers and TaskRabbits.  Here is Singer's coverage of this growing phenomenon. 

2014 43

Black Swans in Peak Career, Now Those Annoying White Swans in Semi-Retirement/Retirement (and every step of the way there)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Another white swan was that downsizing housing generated a new expense. Yes, they did well financially in selling their house. Climate change had already made temperatures in Tucson, Arizona around 122 degrees. Retirement/semi-retirement might involve more turmoil than navigating the rat race of doing a career. Increasingly, the aging who leave or are forced out of full-time work are experiencing what are being called "white swan" developments.

2019 40

Cincinnati, OH - Homelessness Against the Law

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Essentially that makeshift housing is being defined legally as a public nuisance. Meanwhile, the makeshift housing would keep having add-ons. That is, as long as there is adequate space in shelters to house the homeless. In April 2014, for example, an efficiency apartment in Vista Montana, Tucson, AZ went for $400 a month. And those near retirement are told that Tucson is Paradise for fixed incomes. 

2018 40

The New Nomads: Cheap Becomes the Holy Grail

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For example, look at Tucson, Arizona. The former affordability keeps getting frayed at the edges as more folks from CA migrate to Tucson and surrounding areas. That low-cost house purchased could be hit with high property taxes and insurance doesn't cover some kinds of damage from natural disasters. A 73-year-old - J.R. contacts MarketWatch about a retirement destination.    The specifications include: Gun-friendly.

2019 40

No Retirees Live Here - The Universal Hustle for Work (even in designated retirement paradises like Arizona)

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That is the Tucson, Arizona Metro area. They dominate new housing in Oro Valley and Green Valley.  After the polar vortex in the Northeast and my rent going up significantly yet again, I headed to Tucson for warm weather and what was then a very low cost of living. The majority had been forced out of California by the high housing prices. 

2019 40

Landlords-Tenants - Operation of the Invisible Hand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A key driver is that Millennials are buying houses again.   Several years ago, in Tucson, Arizona, at the end of the lease, my rent went up about $50 a month.   And, throughout this 400-unit rental complex there is plenty of chatter among Millennial renters about eventually buying a house. To make their housing money go far they are purchasing in what used to be sarcastically called "fly-over country."

2017 40

Seattle - Disruptive Affluence Versus When A Car Is Home

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They may have to sell their houses at a loss. In Tucson, Arizona, which had been hard hit by the real estate meltdown, some homeless squatted down in an alley in my neighborhood. Last night, after a Tucson recovery meeting anniversary party, there was plenty of food left over. Seattle has become a microcosm of the 2 cultures that increasingly are sprouting in locations which got lucky with disruptive business models.

Seattle - Disruptive Affluence Versus When A Car Is Home

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They may have to sell their houses at a loss. In Tucson, Arizona, which had been hard hit by the real estate meltdown, some homeless squatted down in an alley in my neighborhood. Last night, after a Tucson recovery meeting anniversary party, there was plenty of food left over. Seattle has become a microcosm of the 2 cultures that increasingly are sprouting in locations which got lucky with disruptive business models.

Fred Price - The Measure of a Man

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" The church at Northminister Presbyterian , Tucson, Arizona, was full.   For a year, a newcomer to Tucson, I had been walking my dog LOV near their house. Once, in the living room of his house, he was in prayer. And once we crossed over the threshold of his house we were a friend.  Twice a day, LOV pulls me toward Fred's house door. With respect for the family of the late Fred Price, friends had arrived early.

New Aging - Urban Areas to Relocate From

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

"  One strategy to maintain a middle-class lifestyle is to relocate from urban areas where the cost of housing exceeds the recommendation of consuming only one-third of income. A new report - The State of the Nation's Housing 2018 - lists the metro areas which the median rent or housing price is more than that. It was only when I sensed that the rent would again be increased that I selected a destination - Tucson, Arizona - and in April 2014 uprooted myself. 

2018 40

Over-50 in Post-COVID-19 New World Order: The Moving Van Shows Up, Probably Multiple Times

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

For you, that relocation, after the decision is made to do it, might seem like a simple transaction: Sell the house or fulfill the lease, pack or sell the material belongings, and go.   I chose Tucson, Arizona. who had been a mover and shaker in the field of vision impairment, had regretted retirement and buying a house in a retirement development. Huebner was the only person I knew in the Tucson metro area.

2020 40

The New Aging & Relocation: The Heart Becomes a Lonely Hunter

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

So, they begin researching if it would be tough to sell the house (maybe yes if GM shutters nearby Lordstown plant) and what city provides more activities.   Then there are those who embraced the mythology of Tucson, Arizona Metro area as Retiree Paradise. The cost of living in Tucson shot up. The  Where  to retire used to be a relatively simple decision. 

2019 43

Mansfield, OH - 3-Bedroom Victorian For Sale for $39K

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In Mansfield, OH, for example, a 3-bedroom Victorian house is listed for $39K. That's less than many of the rentals in Tucson, Arizona, the go-to location for the budget-challenged.  Coastal no longer is so cool. On the West and the Northeast, the cost of living keeps surging. With inflation back that will get worse. Meanwhile the Southern coastal regions are targets for severe hurricanes. Category 6 is possible and probable. 

2018 40

New American Dream - Replicating The Old Neighborhood, As Renters

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

No surprise, the American Dream has mutated from owning a house to leasing where we have a sense of community and the property manager is like the helpful yenta in the old neighborhood. After ruling out Dallas, Texas and Barcelona, Spain, I surfed the apartment listing in Tucson, Arizona. Theft, although high in Tucson, is low at Vista Montana. We have become a nation of renters. And depending on which personal-finance expert is doing the math, that's smart.

2015 50

Apartments: Brick-and-Mortar Social Media

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

In "Mary Tyler Moore," pioneer single woman in the big city Mary Richards probably couldn't have made it had she bought a house. Looking back we can remember the most boring of early television such as "Father Knows Best" was set in houses. Ironically, it's the house which became the American Dream.   Here in the desert - Tucson, Arizona - that same city phenomenon is taking place.

2014 43

The Public Library - Building Community, One Special Event At A Time

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Yesterday, I attended a guided group meditation session at the Woods Public Librar y, here in Tucson, Arizona. In a social work course, I had read about the settlement houses. The public library might be the 21st century version of the settlement house. It was conducted by Bev Paul. For the first time since beginning to meditate five years ago, I went into a trance. Yeah, Paul was that  gifted.    Like all library special events, it was free.

2016 61

Single & Female - Stigma lifting, a bit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

When I moved into the house I had bought in 2001 in West Hartford, Connecticut, two neighbors told me all about the single geezers in the neighborhood. When I moved into my leased apartment in 2014 in Tucson, Arizona, aging had turned me invisible. Influential New York Magazine is running a series "Single Ladies." " Here is one installment. But, that in itself means there is something wrong with being female and without a partner.

2016 43

New York City - No, your professional life doesn't gear down when you exit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

You could be practicing law in Tucson, Arizona, where a one-bedroom goes for $500, and have access to the same resources, data and human, as do lawyers in Midtown Manhattan. As financial experts advised us to, we sold the family house in Fairfield or Westchester Counties. Since April 2014, I have been running my communications boutique out of a $500 a month apartment in Tucson.