Weekly Blend: February 21, 2014

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news and stories you may have missed. Our hard-at-work Weekly Blend crew scours the web, newsgroups and forums looking for obscure, bizarre, interesting and informative real estate (or real estate related) stories. If you have one you’d like to contribute, please post it in our comments section or Tweet about it using the hashtag #WeeklyBlend. So, brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy these stories…maybe even share them with friends or colleagues. Happy reading!

Here are my weekly picks:

A former Vancouver jail is set to become much needed housing for Downtown East side’s poor.

One of these 10 pieces of folk art (inspired by Canadian cities) would make a great housewarming gift for a new homeowner.

Did your city make it on the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living list?

Coming soon to a neighbourhood near you…Canada Post unveils 11 centres moving to community mail boxes in the fall.

The Regina Leader Post offers up a brief history of Hotel Saskatchewan.

Wal-Mart is building small convenience stores in the U.S. How soon before they come to Canada?

NYC gentrification as shown in GIF format.

This device is 34 years old, can save your life during a fire and probably something you’ve never heard of.  I give you the life-saving toilet.

Houses that look like UFO’s is exactly what it sounds like.

Who knew birdhouses in the UK were this elaborate? Take a video tour of an avian domicile and then follow it up with (one of the best) songs about birdhouses (as per my opinion).

Jonathan Baker, our former Speech Writer, contributed to the development of speeches, advertisements, and communications to our membership. Our staff knew him as the go-to guy at 200 Catherine for some comic relief. Prior to joining CREA, Jon worked in the radio industry in Ottawa. If you meet Jon, be sure to ask him to tell you about his encounters with many famous musicians while volunteering at a local music festival for more than 10 years.

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