Food for thought ...
A couple stories and trends that I'm trying to work through as they apply to real estate: Tesla and Uber/Lyft:
Tesla, the groundbreaking electric car company is slowly but surely breaking down archaic, consumer-unfriendly barriers to being able to sell their cars direct to consumers, and Tesla is in the midst of building a new infrastructure through which to distribute the fuel for their vehicles.
Uber/Lyft, brand new to Charlottesville, have seemingly led to a 65% decline in cab use in San Francisco.
The real estate world has its own parallels - real estate agents (some are middlemen, some are critical advisors), MLS (the infrastructure) and the shifting dynamics of ownership (do we really own our iPhones) and motivations to buy homes (see: millennials).
I'm not yet sure where the real estate world is evolving, but it's going to be different in 18 months than it is today.
A bit more fun with Hyperlapse. I'm sure I'll tire of these very soon, but for now, I think this is a neat way to show how one of the City of Charlottesville's main corridors has recently changed.
Google have released a new tool that further enables users (us) to help them map the world. Photosphere was just released for the iPhone (it's been available on Android for a while) and it's quite remarkable. I'm not sure just how useful it is, but it's mighty interesting. Photosphere will certainly help me detail for my out of town/country clients, but I don't know if it's any better than video, despite the higher resolution.
Curious? This is a photosphere I took of the new Lochlyn Hill neighborhood, currently under construction.
Hyperlapse by Instagram/Facebook is different, exciting - and differently useful. In comparison to the static, 360º images provided by the Photosphere app, Hyperlapse has been described as "a $15,000 Video Setup in Your Hand." I see great potential for Hyperlapse for telling stories - the stories that make a city, an area, a neighborhood, a street - compelling.
Interesting times, and with the new iPhones being released with seemingly infinitely more powerful processors, I think we'll be seeing an a lot more Hyperlapses and Photospheres.
An example - Downtown Crozet is in the midst of Streetscaping right now ...
An easy way to learn about and engage with Albemarle County - Engage Albemarle.
Here's an interesting topic:
The Comprehensive Plan is Albemarle County's most important document regarding growth, development and change. It establishes government policy to help guide public and private activities as they relate to land use and resource utilization. What general thoughts would you like to share about the Comprehensive Plan as it is being reviewed by the Board of Supervisors this summer and fall?
Better to express your opinion now in the hopes the Comp Plan can be altered than complain about the decisions that have already been made.
What would be helpful would be if the County would identify which specific parts of the Comp Plan are, or are likely to be, up for debate/discussion - in the Housing section, for example (pdf).
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Today was an interesting radio show - some real estate and more community, community building, and becoming part of the community. Iâ€™m going to update this post with detailed show notes, but in the meantime, the podcast is here.
Enormous thanks to those who responded so quickly on twitter to my question - how do you assess/define community? (Iâ€™d say community is something that helps answer a question about community quickly!)
A few stories we discussed:
The City of Charlottesville has been making some nice improvements of late. This one on South Street (just off the Downtown Mall) is mighty nice.
Bike lane on South Street in Downtown Charlottesville[/caption]
Now ... for cyclists and drivers to each respect the laws ...
The time is near that phone jacks will be obsolete.
From my Instagram post: Daughter of my client saw this and said, "is that the thing you plug the phone into?" She had just bought an old phone at an antique store. #history