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Will the delta variant delay the return to downtown?

Jul 30, 2021
In New York, the occupancy rate for commercial office space has been rising, but the delta variant may thwart that revival.
Some companies have delayed their planned returns to the office, and more may follow.
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Can changing home appraisal language help close the wealth gap?

Jul 27, 2021
Descriptions in appraisal reports can create racial bias and reduce the selling price of a home. Fannie Mae is trying to clamp down on tha
Fannie Mae issued new guidance to appraisers to avoid terms it labeled racially problematic, like “crime-ridden” and “integrated community."
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Parking headaches make a comeback

Jul 23, 2021
Traffic is back to pre-pandemic levels in many places, but there are a lot of tables for two where parking spaces used to be.
Cities may be happy to let expanded restaurant patios remain in place, frustrating drivers searching for parking spaces.
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Canadian businesses prepare for more U.S. visitors

Jul 16, 2021
It’s been a tough year and a half for Canadian border towns dependent on U.S. tourists.
The gates at an Ontario, Canada, crossing site are closed, but the border could reopen as soon as mid-August.
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Mismatch in supply and demand sends coffee prices higher

Jul 12, 2021
Coffee commodity prices are hitting their highest levels in years. Will consumers keep paying more?
Global coffee consumption continues to rise.
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Consumers are gravitating back to plastic for spending splurges

Jul 8, 2021
The Federal Reserve said total consumer credit rose by 10% in May. And lenders issued roughly 6 million new credit cards in March, according to Equifax.
As the economy reopens, American consumers are falling back in love with plastic.
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Weather Channel and Fox vie for streaming eyeballs

Jul 6, 2021
Two new weather-themed streaming services are in the forecast. Extreme weather events have made reports more compelling to viewers, one meteorologist says.
Jim Cantore, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, reports on Hurricane Irene from Battery Park in New York City on Aug. 27, 2011.
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Back-to-school shopping makes a comeback

Jul 5, 2021
The expanded federal child tax credit could help many parents foot the bill for supplies.
Family shopping-for-school budgets are likely to get a boost from the recently expanded federal child tax credit.
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Chemical tax to clean up toxic sites gets new life as part of infrastructure deal

Jul 2, 2021
Environmental justice groups hope the deal will restore a funding source to clean up Superfund sites: an excise tax on chemicals.
Revenue from a new excise tax on chemicals like Benzene and Mercury would go into the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund to clean up hazardous sites.
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Don't want to pay sticker price for a new car? Good luck with that.

Jun 29, 2021
Low auto inventories are giving car dealers a lot more leverage.
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