IN OTHER NEWS …

A Co-Housing Development for Seniors Is Headed to Hill East  [Washington City Paper]  How did I never realize that seniors have lived in “co-housing” (i.e. retirement homes) for decades now?  The fact that millennials are co-opting the template means that their retirements will be totally seamless.

9 Stunning Mansions You Could Own for $300K or Less  [Money]  Isn’t “affordable mansion” sort of an oxymoron?  One of the basic requirements of a mansion is that it’s out of my price range.

This Real Estate Company Helps Conservatives Move to Red States  [NBC News]  There’s a clever line here about “this country is more polarized than a ______” but I’m not an electrician so I don’t think I’m up to it.

How the Senate Tax Bill Would Affect DC Homeowners  [Urban Turf DC]  It looks like they’ve made some stuff better and some stuff worse.  It’s basically like when your boss lets you move your desk away from that annoying coworker, but the only open spot is right next to the bathroom.

McMansion, USA  [Jacobin]  This article (by the creator of the viral blog McMansionHell) raises some very interesting points – for example, expensive home finishes like wood and stone are basically only expensive because the materials are laborious to harvest and install.  Seems obvious, but when you put it like that, it makes me want an all-plywood home.

It’s Time to Move Some Federal Agencies Out of DC  [Citylab]  This is actually a brilliant idea – transplant federal agencies, and their highly-paid, spend-y workforces, into struggling cities around the country.  Plus, the rest of us get a break from listening to our bureaucrat pals brag about how they get paid to watch Netflix in their cubicles for 11 months out of the year.

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