Living La Vida Local
...continued

Rank

State

Percent

Margin of Error

1

Texas

29.0

+/-0.2

2

California

28.2

+/-0.1

3

New Mexico

28.1

+/-0.5

4

Arizona

21.4

+/-0.3

5

Nevada

18.9

+/-0.4

6

Florida

18.5

+/-0.1

7

New York

14.0

+/-0.1

8

New Jersey

13.5

+/-0.1

9

Illinois

12.6

+/-0.1

10

Colorado

12.2

+/-0.3



**


STATES WITH HIGHEST CONCENTRATION OF ETHNIC SPENDING

WHITE

AFRICAN-AMERICAN

1 Vermont 97.9%
1 District of Columbia 32.4%
2 Maine 97.8
2 Mississippi 24.0
3 New Hampshire 96.9
3 Maryland 20.7
4 Idaho 96.4 4 Louisiana 20.1
5 Wyoming 96.3
5 Georgia 19.4
6 Iowa 96.1
6 South Carolina 19.1
7 West Virginia 95.5
7 Alabama 17.3
8 North Dakota 95.3
8 North Carolina 14.5
9 Utah 95.3
9 Delaware 13.4
10 Montana 94.6
10 Virginia 13.1


ASIAN-AMERICAN

LATINO

1 Hawaii 50.7% 1 New Mexico 29.5%
2 California 10.9 2 Texas 19.2
3 New Jersey 7.2 3 California 17.2
4 New York 6.1 4 Arizona 15.2
5 Washington 5.9 5 Florida 14.3
6 Nevada 4.7 6 Nevada 13.2
7 Maryland 4.6 7 Colorado 10.8
8 Illinois 4.5 8 New York 9.5
9 Virginia 4.4 9 New Jersey 8.6
10 Massachusetts 4.1 10 Illinois 8.1


Source: Selig Center, University of Georgia


http://retailtrafficmag.com/mag/retail_melting_pot/index.html



**


SAFE IN CALIFORNIA

      
SIX CALIFORNIA CITIES LISTED AMONG AMERICA'S 25 SAFEST

Six cities in the state of California -- more than any other state -- are among the top 25 safest cities in America, according to the 13th annual Safest City Award. California's "safest" cities are Mission Viejo (#3), Irvine (#7), Thousand Oaks (#11), Lake Forest (#15), Simi Valley (#17), and Chino Hills (#21). Brick, NJ, was named "America's Safest City."

The Safest City Award is based on a city's rate for six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. All cities with populations of 75,000 or more that reported crime data to the FBI for the six crime categories were included in the rankings. In this year's survey, 371 cities were considered for the award.
http://www.morganquitno.com/safecity.htm



**


FEED THE PEOPLE

http://www.fallenfruit.org/
FALLEN FRUIT is a mapping and manifesto for all the free fruit we can find. Every day there is food somewhere going to waste. We encourage you to find it, tend and harvest it. If you own property, plant food on your perimeter. Share with the world and the world will share with you. Barter, don't buy! Give things away! You have nothing  to lose but your hunger!

WE ASK all of you to petition your cities and towns to support community gardens and only plant fruit-bearing trees in public parks. Let our streets be lined with apples and pears! Demand that all parking lots is landscaped with fruit trees which provide shade, clean the air and feed the people.

A SPECTER
is haunting our cities: barren landscapes with foliage and flowers, but nothing to eat. Fruit can grow almost anywhere, and can be harvested by everyone. Our cities are planted with frivolous and ugly landscaping, sad shrubs and neglected trees, whereas they should burst with ripe produce. Great sums of money are spent on young trees, water and maintenance. While these trees are beautiful, they could be healthy, fruitful and beautiful.



**



FACTOID

Homebuyers might say they want to live on a cul-de-sac or near a golf course, but are they willing to pay for these desirable features? It depends. In an NAR survey, recent buyers were asked whether they'd have been willing to pay more for features missing from their neighborhood. Golf courses attracted the fewest buyers but had the highest perceived value: $1,683.

Willing to pay more
(% of buyers)

Amount willing to pay
(median $)

Sidewalks
29%
$1,219
Near shopping
28
1,036
Cul-de-sac lot
26
1,663
Near schools
20
1,413
Corner lot
19
1,568
Near park
19
873
Near public transportation
12
956
On or near golf course
11
1,683

Source: NAR Profile of Buyers' Home Feature Preferences


 **


ME! ME! ME!
Approximately one in 33 California vehicles has a personalized license plate.


**
 

For more on Southern California commercial properties there is a great information blog at www.socalindustrialrealestateblog.com.