What’s hot at Parade of Homes? Pools, clean lines, metals


The use of mixed metals — brass, chrome, nickel — on everything from light fixtures to stair spindles are among the popular trends to be seen at the Fall 2020 Parade of Homes, said Jeff Julian of Don Julian Builders.

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The past six months of the pandemic has changed everything — including what people are looking for in their next home.

Through Oct. 25, people can take a peek at up-and-coming trends in home building and home living at the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s Parade of Homes.

“People want to create this space where they don’t have to go anywhere,” said Jeff Julian, vice president of Don Julian Builders. “If they are going to be stuck there, they want to have everything they are going to need there.”

In total, the parade features nearly 250 homes by 85 home builders in seven counties in the

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Modest profits, social impact fuel investors’ plan for more downtown Indy homes

Social impact investors are aiming for an elusive middle ground in Center Township. 

‘This will become part of a neighborhood’: Vop Osili talks 16 Tech development on west side



They want to revive middle-income residential housing options with midsize profits for investors.

Full Circle Development aims to renovate or build 300 homes over five years and draw more homeowners back to the central part of town.

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Center Township’s residential population has dropped from 340,000 in 1950 to 140,000 in 2018. Scattered neighborhood comebacks have been encouraging — Fall Creek Place and Fountain Square are examples. Yet the township still has 6,000 vacant lots and few middle-income options. Older-home restorations tend to be too expensive for middle-income buyers.

a view of a city: Construction has just finished on this new three-level home at 818 Olive St. in Fountain Square.

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Construction has just finished on this new three-level home

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Traeger Grills Is Smoking Voters Out of Their Homes to Get Americans to the Polls

For many years, conventional marketing wisdom held that brands should steer clear of political issues. The reasoning was simple enough: What company could afford to alienate a single customer by taking a position on something controversial?

But as the socially conscious millennial generation has taken its place as a $1.4 trillion spending bloc, there’s been a marked shift in this thinking. In 2018, data from Sprout Social found that a whopping 70% of consumers aren’t just OK with brands taking political stances, they consider it “important” that they do so—and that percentage was up from 64% in 2017.

But with some notable exceptions like Patagonia putting “Vote the Assholes Out” on the underside of its garment labels (a reference to officeholders who deny that climate change is real), the highly contentious nature of this election season makes taking a political stance a bigger risk than it’s historically been. And that

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French Police Search Homes of Top Officials in Virus Probe | World News

By LORI HINNANT, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — French police searched the homes of the former prime minister, the current and former health ministers and other top officials Thursday in an investigation into the government response to the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Health Ministry confirmed the dawn searches, which included the offices of the current health minister Olivier Veran. They came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron announced curfews in the Paris region and eight other French metropolitan areas to deal with the rising toll of new infections.

COVID-19 patients, doctors, prison personnel, police officers and others in France filed an unprecedented 90 complaints in recent months, notably over shortages of masks and other equipment.

A special French court has ordered an investigation over the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Among those whose homes were searched include former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, Veran, his predecessor Agnes Buzyn, the

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From home offices to high ceilings, Parade of Homes allows those in the Kansas City area to glimpse at trends in home building, decorating


One popular trend in new homes is visual interest in the ceiling, a room’s “fifth wall,” says Adrienne Morfeld of SAB Homes. Using beams is one way to create this interest. This four-bedroom home built by SAB Homes is located at 820 Bridgeshire Drive in Raymore.

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Those feeling cooped up in their own homes have a unique opportunity. They can look at houses that could make the pandemic months a little more bearable.

Through Oct. 25, the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City’s Fall 2020 Parade of Homes showcases new trends in home building. It’s happening at a time when many homeowners have turned a critical eye on their own homes.

Many experts predicted isolation due to the pandemic would cause relationships issues, and dissatisfaction with homes isn’t helping.

“I think a lot of people are feeling that way about their house,” said Adrienne Morfeld of SAB

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Cuomo’s new book gaslights on nursing homes

ALBANY — Since you are all good and earnest citizens, I know you’re making your way through “American Crisis,” the new book by Andrew Cuomo.

What page are you on? Me, I’ve read all the … What’s that? You’re not reading it? Oh.

Well, then I’ll tell you the memoir released Tuesday is a meandering, day-by-day account from the darkest days of New York’s battle with the coronavirus crisis. The mythic hero of the book is … you can guess it … Andrew Cuomo!

By the governor’s telling, he’s the brave truth-teller who fought an inept president, reassured a fearful public, put partisan politics aside, tamed a novel virus and is now available to offer “leadership lessons.” The self-aggrandizement gets old quickly, but I’ll admit there’s some truth to the governor’s claims.

Cuomo really was a reassuring figure for Americans at the start of the pandemic. He did confront an

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These 5 Crucial Aspects Should Be on Your Radar

Few things are as exciting as purchasing a newly constructed home. Everything is pristine and, presumably, will last for a very long time.

However, just because a house is new doesn’t mean it’s free of flaws. There are a lot of factors that could make a brand-new home a less than ideal purchase.

So, before closing on a new-construction home, here are some things you need to consider.

1. Quality of the build

“They don’t make ’em like they used to” is a common phrase that refers to the solid construction of many older homes. It can be true for a number of reasons—from the building materials used to the skills employed in the building process. Therefore, one of the most important things you can do with a new-construction home is to check the foundation to ensure there are no issues, since this can be costly to fix.

“You should

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