Saturday, January 6, 2024

Population turnaround in Hazleton, Pennsylvania


New York Times, 10/12/2016
Thousands of Dominicans have poured into this little city in eastern Pennsylvania since 2001 to work in the food plants and warehouses on the edge of town, where the highway to New York meets the highway to Philadelphia. 
Hazleton’s population is growing for the first time in more than half a century. Landlords, doctors and shopkeepers are learning to love their new customers. 
But the city’s economic evolution has left behind its previous, non-Hispanic working class, and the presidential election has crystallized its frustrations. Many of those losing ground economically, including lifelong Democrats, say they plan to vote for Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee. Many of those who are prospering, including lifelong Republicans, say they will vote for the Democrat, Hillary Clinton

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Pittston, PA.  (1/6/2024)

PA population loss series found here

Disappearing cities of Pennsylvania: Pittston

Pittston is located in Luzerne County in northeastern Pennsylvania.  Its population peaked at 18,497 in 1930 and has since decreased nearly 60% since then.  The city has now as many residents as it did in 1880.

Source:  Wikipedia

This data continues a troubling trend. The Keystone State lost residents to other states in all but one year since 2010. The Pennsylvania Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) projected, in October 2021, that the state will lose 250,000 working-age adults during the five-year period, 2020 to 2025. 
“This brain drain remains one of the greatest challenges facing Pennsylvania,” said Nathan Benefield, senior vice president at the Commonwealth Foundation. “Combined with an aging population and working-age individuals leaving the labor force, these trends offer a dismal outlook for our state’s economy and fiscal situation.”

More disappearing cities of Pennsylvania found here.

Not one of Samuel Moyn's greatest hits

Photo creditYale Law School

As opined in

A quote that I somehow missed the first time around.

I stumbled across it the other day while skimming through this article.

Elaine Cooney Spiller (1936-2024) Warren High School class of 1954

1954 Dragon yearbook


1967 Warren City Directory 
1983 Warren City Directory

The popularity of Elaine as a baby name is graphed here.  Let's take a look at classmate Irma.  

Irma spent the first 33 years of the 1900s in the top 200, peaking at #137 in 1911.   Starting in 1970, she moved into a steep and bumpy decline in popularity, dropping off the chart in 1996. 

Other members of the class of 1954 (37):
Glenn Cook.  (4/17)


Elizabeth Ann Pasquino Deck.  (2/22)
Beatrice Brown Bines.  (1/26)


Margaret Eaton Watts.  (10/30)
Mary Alice Morse Akif.  (10/1)
Sally Nelson Metzger.  (8/1)
Phoebe Marie Jewell Ahlgren.  (4/29)
David Neal Redmond.  (3/4)

Roberta Cable Anderson.  (11/3)
Patrick Michael Sheehan.  (9/19)
Charles Salerno.  (3/19)
Joan White Wood.  (2/12)
Janet Lauffenberger Day.  (2/11)

Georgeanne Pappas Kornreich.  (11/27)
Anita Miller Smith.  (10/25)
Michelene Figliuzzi Colgrove.  (6/1)
James Hornstrom.  (3/9)
Richard Latimer.  (1/31)
Guard Pierce.  (1/24)

Thomas Gray.  (10/16)
Franklin Ristau.  (4/21)
Robert Johnson.  (8/10)
Phillip Stewart.  (2/20)

GET ME REWRITE: Usual GOP suspects sponsor bill to expurgate subjects from school curriculum that bruise their tender sensibilities

HeadlineWisconsin Examiner. 1/5/2024
Dittrich told lawmakers that the bill is “in line with a number of other pieces of legislation that I’ve introduced this session where I want to restore that relationship between school and family.” The intent of the bill, she said, is to “lower the temperature” and to “get parents and schools working together.”

Leave it to Wisconsin transphobe queen Babs Dittrich to talk Newspeak.  What the bill will do is add more fuel to the  'parental rights' bonfire.  It's just another Moms for Liberty stunt.


CES 2024: Supernal Vertiport

Screenshot from video below

IOT World Today, 1/6/2024
Supernal has something special to offer CES attendees, the chance to be the first to experience what it calls the “heart of advanced air mobility” with a tour of its vertiport, a mobility hub for its upcoming electric aircraft.

Other CES 2024 posts:

Hyundai eVTOL purpose built vehicles (PBVs).  (11/24/2023)

Lumary HDMI sync box.  (11/25/2023)
Serry Smart Cooker.  (11/24/2023)

TomTom Map Maker.  (11/28/2023)
Hisense 5S Series Washer.  (11/28/2023)
Samsung Galaxy Z 5Fold.  (11/28/2023)

Cyrusher Hurricane e-bike.  (12/2/2023) 

Invaiz Grid Pro.  (12/4/2023)

AGC Wideye.  (12/6/2023

"Moonwalker" robotic shoes.  (12/30/2023)

From the past:

Friday, January 5, 2024

Madison Wisconsin west-side development: From farmhouse to Uno Terrace's recreation room

The farmhouse, moved closer to Mineral Point Road as part of this infill development project, now has a very long and large tail.

Photos by Retiring Guy

The brick farmhouse sits on a ridge overlooking what is now Madison’s Far West Side and is one the few reminders of this area’s agrarian past. 
The silos, barn, outbuildings and clotheslines were removed decades ago as development encroached and ultimately swallowed what once was pasture, corn and soybean fields, and gravel roads. 
But the two-story farmhouse on Mineral Point Road that was converted to restaurant space in 1981 remains and is once again serving as a communal place while preserving a piece of history. 
The more than 130-year-old building has been converted to a community room as part of a $22 million, 64-unit workforce housing project in a joint effort by Northpointe Development, DreamLane Real Estate Group and Lutheran Social Services.
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2024 elections: Who will run in Colorado's 5th congressional district now that now Republican Doug Lamborn is not running for re-election

It's a reliably GOP district.

Source Ballotpedia

CBS News, 1/5/2024
Lamborn has represented Colorado's 5th Congressional District for nine terms and has represented the Colorado Springs metro area since 2007. 
His retirement opens up all three Republican-controlled seats in the upcoming 2024 election. Rep. Ken Buck, who represents Colorado's 4th Congressional District (Douglas County, Eastern Plains, and northeast Colorado) announced his retirement from Congress in November 2023, and Rep. Lauren Boebert, who currently represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District (Western Slope and southern Colorado) announced in late December that she will run for Buck's current seat in CD-4. 
No incumbent will run for any Colorado congressional seat currently held by a Republican.

Colorado Springs and its surroundings communities are located within the 5th District.

Other dropouts:
Debbie Lesko, AZ-8.  (11/28/2023)
Kevin McCarthy, CA-20.  (12/6/2023)
Ken Buck, CO-4.  (11/28/2023)
Victoria Spartz, IN-5.  (11/28/2023)
Dan Bishop, NC-8.  (12/5/2023)
Patrick McHenry., NC-10.  (12/5/2023)
Brad Wenstrup, OH-2.  (12/1/2023)
Bill Johnson., OH-6.  (12/1/2023)
Kay Granger, TX-12.  (12/1/2023) 
Michael Burgess, TX-26.  (12/2/2023)
Chris Stewart, UT-2.  (12/2/2023)

Anna Eshoo, CA-16.  (11/29/2023)
Tony Cardenas, CA-29.  (11/29/2023)
Grace Napolitano, CA-31.  (11/29/2023)
John Sarbanes, MD-3.  (11/30/2023)
John Sarbanes, MI-8.  (11/30/2023)
Brian Higgins, NY-26.  (11/30/2023)
Earl Blumenauer, OR-3.  (12/3/2023)
Jennifer Wexton, VA-10.  (12/3/2023)
Derek Kilmer, WA-6.  (12/3/2023)

2024 elections: Who will run in Missouri's 3rd congressional district now that now Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer is not running for re-election

It's a solidly red and gerrymandered district.

Source:  Ballotpedia

Axios, 1/4/2024
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.), a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and a potential successor to retiring Chair Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), said Thursday he won't seek reelection to Congress.
Why it matters: Luetkemeyer adds to an already long list of lawmakers in both parties, including numerous committee chairs and House veterans, opting to leave Congress after a chaotic year of infighting and gridlock.

You've heard of the eggplant that ate Chicago?   Meet the green monster that's ready to gobble up metro St. Louis!

Other dropouts:
Debbie Lesko, AZ-8.  (11/28/2023)
Kevin McCarthy, CA-20.  (12/6/2023)
Ken Buck, CO-4.  (11/28/2023)
Victoria Spartz, IN-5.  (11/28/2023)
Dan Bishop, NC-8.  (12/5/2023)
Patrick McHenry., NC-10.  (12/5/2023)
Brad Wenstrup, OH-2.  (12/1/2023)
Bill Johnson., OH-6.  (12/1/2023)
Kay Granger, TX-12.  (12/1/2023) 
Michael Burgess, TX-26.  (12/2/2023)
Chris Stewart, UT-2.  (12/2/2023)

Anna Eshoo, CA-16.  (11/29/2023)
Tony Cardenas, CA-29.  (11/29/2023)
Grace Napolitano, CA-31.  (11/29/2023)
John Sarbanes, MD-3.  (11/30/2023)
John Sarbanes, MI-8.  (11/30/2023)
Brian Higgins, NY-26.  (11/30/2023)
Earl Blumenauer, OR-3.  (12/3/2023)
Jennifer Wexton, VA-10.  (12/3/2023)
Derek Kilmer, WA-6.  (12/3/2023)

Revelry Apartments on Madison's Far West Side to replace Zor Shrine temple (January 2024 construction site visit)

Photos by Retiring Guy


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10/19/2023 update starts here

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9/14/2023 update starts here

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8/12/2023 update starts here

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4/28/2023 update starts here

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2/4/2019 update starts here

Photo and video by Retiring Guy

Original 6/8/2021 post starts here

Google Maps

Saturday Properties, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has filed a request to rezone the Zor Shriner’s property at 575 Zor Shrine Place just west of the West Towne Mall for a project with two buildings, one with 263 apartments and 130 underground parking spaces and the other with 216 apartments and 117 underground parking spots, an application to the city says. The project would also provide 255 surface parking stalls. 
“There are few areas within the Beltline to do an apartment development of this size,” Saturday Properties director of development Mark Laverty said. “Adding this many households will also be a big help to the neighboring retailers.” 
The western-most portion of the site would be set aside for the potential development of an office building at a later date, the application says.“ 
We are still looking at a few options,” Laverty said. “It is our hope that these (office building) plans are formalized next summer.”

Editorial masquerading as news article: Forbes contributor has an ax to grind when it comes to the liberal majority on Wisconsin Supreme Court

Photo by Retiring Guy
Bottom headlineForbes

Just look at the damage taking place!  There are signs of it everywhere!!
Former Governor Scott Walker (R) signed Act 10 into law in March of 2011, amid the convergence of thousands of union-backed protestors in Madison, many of whom would go on to cause damage to the state capitol building.

When it comes to job growth during Biden's administration, so-called experts get it wrong over and over and over again.

Top headline: Bankrate
Bottom headlineBarron's

From Bankrate:
Month after month of a surprisingly resilient U.S. labor market isn’t keeping the nation’s top economists from continuing to project a hiring slowdown — even if they don’t expect that deceleration to be as severe.

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GET ME REWRITE: E. Jean Carroll drives Donald Trump batshit crazy

HeadlineThe New Republic, 1/4/2024
Over the span of about 30 minutes Thursday morning, Trump made 31 posts about Carroll on Truth Social. Although he didn’t say anything himself, he shared stories from conservative outlets attacking her and comments from internet users calling her “creepy.” He also shared media interview clips and social media posts that appear to come from Carroll, all stripped of context so as to paint her as some sort of sexual deviant.

Dear Governor Evers, Joe Biden visited Wisconsin 3 times in 2023. Best, Retiring Guy

Top headline:  CBS News Minnesota
Photo creditBiden/Harris
Bottom headline:  Associated Press

From the AP snippet of an article:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Joe Biden must make frequent visits to battleground Wisconsin if he hopes to win it in November, focusing his message on his successes and issues that matter to the middle class, not just the argument that the fate of democracy is at stake, the state’s Democratic governor said.

GET ME REWRITE: What happens in Vegas gets broadcast all over the world

Nevada defendant rushes the bench in Clark County courtroom.

Headline and video screenshots:
A Nevada judge was attacked by a defendant in a felony battery case who leaped over a defense table and the judge's bench, landing atop her and sparking a bloody brawl involving court officials and attorneys, officials and witnesses said. 
In a violent scene captured by courtroom video, Clark County District Judge Mary Kay Holthus fell back from her seat against a wall and suffered some injuries but was not hospitalized, courthouse officials said. 
A courtroom marshal was also injured as he came to the judge’s aid and was hospitalized for treatment of a bleeding gash on his forehead and a dislocated shoulder, according to the officials and witnesses

Sportscasters would deem it a stunning display of athleticism.