Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Signs of the times

Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed. ~ Irene Peter
• In downtown Toronto, the average new condo unit is 749 sq. ft., and a new project to hit the market in 2013 will have 270 sq. ft. units. That's palatial, of course, compared to Tokyo's 96 sq. ft. "capsules."

• I spotted Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue ($28.99) marked down to $4.99 at a local bookstore.

• Sales of high-rise apartments in Tokyo have plummeted since the March earthquake, threatening to halt the redevelopment of the city's waterfront into a skyscraper district.

• Toronto's Victory Burlesque theatre, famous strip tease venue well into the 1980s, is now a Royal Bank of Canada branch.

• A condition known as De Quervai's tenosynovitis is becoming more common due to the popularity of texting. The inflamed tendons make moving the thumbs painful.

New data released by the U.S. Census found that 14 percent of Americans (43.6 million people) now live below the poverty line, which is annual income of $10,830 for an individual or $22,050 for a family of four.
Looking for change? Check the sofa.

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