Usher’s News & Analysis for Oct. 18, 2020

"Unfortunately, homes have been lost overnight, but so far nowhere near the number we feared," Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said ....

Colorado's Largest Wildfire Ever Gets Even Bigger


This is why we need national renter-subsidization now and going forward for as long as there are people who need it. Absolutely nobody should be falling through the cracks.

The statewide eviction and foreclosure moratorium expires on Saturday Oct. 17, leaving tens of thousands of households across the commonwealth in fear of losing their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council estimates some 60,000 renter households across the state “fear imminent eviction,” while housing advocacy group City Life/Vida Urbana estimates the number to be closer to 100,000.
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... Low-income households have lost jobs at four times the rate of higher-income earners in the pandemic, impacting their ability to make rent payments, according to the most recent Greater Boston Housing Report Card. Lower-income people of color working essential jobs had the highest rates of coronavirus infection, research shows — and those neighborhoods most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic will be most impacted by the eviction moratorium lift.
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From a landlord’s perspective, missing rent payment can often mean missing out on needed income as well as missing out on payments that can fund a property’s upkeep, including security, cleaning, landscaping, or other resident services, Winn said.

“It’s not just a financial issue. It is a quality of life issue for the entire community,” Winn said.

Tens of thousands fear ‘imminent eviction’ as Massachusetts moratorium lifts


Big Tech is bucking two big workforce trends. Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google are all scooping up New York City commercial real estate after prices have plummeted due to the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The companies are making a bold contrarian bet that Manhattan will bounce back ....

All that space doesn't have to be used for offices. It could be put to many different uses. We'll just have to wait to find out whether it will be office space again.

Amazon, Apple, Google And Facebook Are All Scooping Up Office Space In New York—Despite Predictions Of The City’s Demise


Long COVID:

Parents reported that their children experienced fatigue, general gastrointestinal issues, sore throats, headaches, and muscle pain or weakness. Other symptoms included fevers, nausea, mood changes, rashes, dizziness, breathing difficulties and cognitive blunting.

Counting long covid in children


'Red tide' to blame? | Kamchatka authorities suspect toxic algae bloom behind eco-disaster

Authorities in Russia's region of Kamchatka say a so-called 'red tide' was the main cause of massive marine life destruction, which was first reported off its coast in early October. But some are questioning the conclusion that a phenomenon caused by a toxic algae bloom is to blame.