Shipping-container Homes the Wave of the Future?

  • August 27, 2008
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This blog is all about saving money so I want to let you in on one of the hottest new ways to save money… build your home out of shipping containers. Yes, you know those large metal containers, the one Batman in ‘The Dark Night’ used to get down to the temporary Bat Cave. Now only in LA they are starting to use these steel containers to build homes that are really, really nice… I guess. Only if you like living in steel metal containers once used to transport Chinese imports. The shipping container homes cost per square foot “$150 to $200 (I was thinking they would cost $0.00 per square foot), compared with about $220 to $250 for much of the traditional building in the area (http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laland/2008/08/container-homes.html).” What will LA “architects” think of next? May be a home made out of discarded oil barrels? Or a home made out of other recycled shipping container homes? Read the LA Times article here.

Are Red Light Cameras for Safety or for Scam?

  • May 20, 2008
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Is the goal of red light cameras for safety or for scamming you out of money? Some say scam in the Las Angelas area based on new research done by the LA Times. When they sold the idea to the public here in Seattle they touted that it would cut down on those running red lights. See the May 19th 2008 article here: http://www.latimes.com. “In Los Angeles, officials estimate that 80% of red light camera tickets go not to those running through intersections but to drivers making rolling right turns. The city of Los Angeles issued more than 30,000 photo tickets last year at 32 camera-equipped intersections. About 8 in 10 involved right turns, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Matthew MacWillie, the program’s co-coordinator.” Red light running violations in Los Angeles County aren’t cheep at $381. Rolling red light right hand turns still fetch a hefty $159 for what essentially is a legal turn. Since rolling turns are not a major safety concern in my opinion this suggests (not surprising) that cities motive for installing red light cameras has a lot to do with generating additional revenue and not necessarily about saving lives. I’d like to know your thoughts, please comment.

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