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The Official Bad News Blog Post
by Katy Purviance on 04/17/08 @ 11:12:32 pm
Categories: Events | 466 words | 2022 views

We’re on Day Two of: Burglary Recovery, and what happens?

Our next door neighbor is burglarized!

We saw the already classic signs; the clothing strewn asunder, the open kitchen drawers, the missing cash, the missing laptop…

The same shoe print on the kitchen window sill!

I called LAPD and my boyfriend called the retard property manager, who was too busy at his Dairy Queen job or whatever to come over.

I think it’s time to blow this popsicle stand and head to Boston tout suite!


Richard Neutra’s Kauffman house in Palm Springs is going on the auction block in May. Listen to KCRW’s report.

(Okay, is this next piece of bad news worse, or just slightly less worse?)

A Chinese delegation from Beijing arrived in Phoenix last month and headed west to the Sonoran Desert, deep into suburbia. Its destination: a quintessential American residential development in Buckeye, one of the many suburbs dotting the sprawling metropolitan area.

Members of the group studied the streetscape, the golf course, the spa, the cybercafé, the health care amenities and the design of the single-family homes at Sun City Festival, a 3,000-acre, planned community for people over 55. They commented on the cleanliness and orderliness of it all.

The 25 Chinese who toured the Del Webb development were not seniors planning their retirement but government officials and their spouses, a couple of architects and a banker. Their mission: study American suburbia with an eye toward replicating it back home.

No! No no no! Suburbia BAD! STOP THE INSANITY! (But do you still want to read the rest of the article?)

FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Does the bad news ever STOP?

It has been a tough year for the Neutra VDL Research House II, the fabled glass box overlooking Silver Lake reservoir. Already in need of costly repairs, the house where Richard Neutra lived and worked was damaged further by winter storms that overwhelmed its flat roof, poured rain into the walls and flooded the floors. Then a steady $10,000-a-year revenue stream used to pay for basic expenses dried up.

Now the house’s owner, the nonprofit Cal Poly Pomona Foundation, has announced that it might be forced to sell the landmark and close it to the public if supporters can’t raise upwards of $2 million by the end of next year.

“We need to find money,” Sarah Lorenzen, the resident caretaker of the property, said as she carefully tried to push a loose piece of aluminum railing back onto a balcony. “The deadlines are very serious.”

Read the whole thing and GO VISIT! And pay more than the $10 entry fee so that YOU can help SAVE the VDL!

ENOUGH! I can’t take all the bad news! I’m going to go find you something POSITIVE and ENLIGHTENING to read about!

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