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First-Time Homebuyers Losing Ground in California

The amount of first time buyers in the California housing market has fallen to levels not seen since 2006, when prices were at an all-time high. Since the recession, sales and home price appreciation in the Golden State has been driven primarily by foreign investment, preventing a generation of young, would-be homebuyers from entering the market.
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Danger: Flying Axes Ahead
The importance of securing equipment in a truck or trailer was on vivid display recently in the photo of an ax that had crashed through a car's windshield and was precariously perched on its dashboard after the car pulled over on the side of a highway north of Boston. A passenger who narrowly escaped injury is partially seen, as is the source of the cleaver: the back of a landscaper's truck.
Photo: Facebook / Massachusetts State Police
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Skokomish Scenery

A homeowner overlooking Skokomish River Valley in Washington State replaced a small, outdated water feature with a 28-foot by 17-foot pond fed
by two customized creeks. The new pond sits below a water wheel and wooden structure that were built by the client and preserved from the
existing installation.
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Making Space for a Roswell Retreat

Homeowners in Roswell, Ga., worked with a local design/build firm to transform their unusable backyard into a getaway with an outdoor kitchen, entertainment area, spa and terraced gathering spaces. More than 2,000 square feet of new patio space was created during the three-month installation, and western red cedar was used for the pergola, ornamental accents and trim.
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A Patterned Craft

This backyard living area with its ornate patio in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was
built by Paver Designs, a father and son team who uses an inlay technique that they developed. All of the hardscape material is from Belgard. The fireplace and grill island is from their Brighton series and was delivered in seven prebuilt segments. The Omaha-based landscape company had to tear out two concrete pads and did all of the excavation using their loader and compact loader.
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Hardscape Retreat

When Southern Exposure, a landscape contracting firm in Summerfield, N.C., arrived at this site, the backyard had a simple design with a lawn area, several trees and a Koi pond. Their mission was to create a soothing, calm space, where the homeowner could retreat, and since the property sits in front of a quiet woodsy area, it provided an ideal place to accomplish that. So a four-man-crew got under way and two months later had completed this custom residential hardscape project.
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LASN August 2014 Movers & Shakers
Foster Conant & Associates Landscape Architects and Site Planners, announced that Matt Allen has joined the firm as associate landscape designer. Allen is a Florida native where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in landscape architecture at the University of Florida. His expertise is in the resort and theme park arena. He recently completed the Cabana Bay Resort
at Universal Orlando with his
former employer.
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Restoring Liberty National 9/11 Memorial Grove

The volunteers get their instructions for the installation of several new trees at the 9/11 Memorial Grove on Liberty Island, N.Y.
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One Verruckt Ride

In April 2014, Guinness World Records certified the Verruckt ("crazy" in German) water slide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas as the world's tallest (168 feet, 7 inches). Joy riders (at least 14 years old and 54 inches tall) mount 264 steps to reach the top of Verruckt (pronounced fair rookt), where they are harnessed into three-person rafts. This tallest, steepest, fastest water slide opened July 10, 2014.
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$3 Billion to Explore What's Next

The Bloch sphere, which we don't pretend to begin to understand, represents a qubit, the "fundamental building block of quantum computers."
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New Technology Purports to Be 1,000 Times Faster than Regular Broadband
Bell Labs contends its XG-FAST technology "can provide fiber-optic-like speeds over the existing copper landline infrastructure" commonly in place in the U.S.
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Showtime in Texas

The Texas Nurserymen's organization formed in 1900 and merged with the South-western Association of Nurserymen in 1918. The Texas Association of Landscape Contractors was founded by a group of Dallas contractors in 1964. TNLA was formed in 1999 when the Texas Association of Nurserymen merged with the Texas Association of Landscape Contractors.
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Southern California ASLA Accepting Entries for Awards

The SCC ASLA is accepting entries for the 2014 Quality of Life Awards, which celebrate professional excellence from firms, individuals, and agencies in six different categories.
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2014 GIE Keynote Lunch Announced
Steve McClatchy, author of New York Times bestseller Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress &
Lead by Example
has been announced as the keynote speaker for a lunch at GIE+EXPO's Dealer Day on October 22.
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Upcoming Conference to Highlight Resilient Development

Information sessions, city tours and case studies about the need for instilling resiliency into building plans, and ways to accomplish that, will be presented over three days next month.
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New Webinar for ASCA

ASCA, the national association for consulting arborists, has announced a new webinar, Soils and Tree Management, which is taught by Dr. Jason Grabosky, Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University.
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American Trails Calls for Award Nominations
American Trails, a non-profit organization that works to advance the development of diverse and high-quality trails, has announced that they are accepting nominations for the National & International Trails Awards.
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HessAmerica Introduces PARCO LED
HessAmerica PARCO LED luminaire is regressed into the arched rectangular profile pole and offers a selection of solid state or ceramic metal halide sources in several wattages and outputs for added design flexibility.
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Science and Technology Giving Outdoor Power Tools a Millennial Twist

Black & Decker's electric lawn and garden equipment, such as the LSW20 20V Lithium Sweeper, releases zero emissions in your yard, helping to reduce your carbon footprint. Efficient design easily clears debris from hard surfaces like patios, decks, walks, drives and garages.
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Keeping Customers' Bamboo In Check

Bamboo root barrier is installed by digging a trench around the bamboo patch to a depth two inches shallower than the width of the barrier material. The barrier is inserted into the trench. The two ends are overlapped by four inches and the seam is sealed with construction adhesive.
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New Home Sales Fall in June, Set Back by May Correction

A massive downward revision to the May sales rate of new single-family homes was not enough to prevent further declines in June, as the sales rate declined 8.1 percent to a 406,000-unit annual pace. The May rate, previously announced as an 18.6 percent month-to-month increase and a new post-recession high, was revised downward to an increase of just 8.3 percent. April's new home sales levels were also revised downward.
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Homeownership Rate Falls to 1995 Levels

National homeownership rates in the second quarter of 2014 fell to the lowest level since the second quarter of 1995, according to a July 29 report from the Commerce Department. The homeownership rate for individuals younger than 35 years of age was hardest hit, dropping to just 35.9 percent, down from pre-recession levels of more than 40 percent.
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Customer Service Lacking?

The home improvement/construction field was ranked second in customer complaints on the recently released report, "Top Ten Consumer Complaints for 2013."
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Conference on the Economics of Green Infrastructure
Glen Murray currently serves as Ontario's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. He has a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health.
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Building with Humble Elements

In 2007, Princeton Architectural Press released author Francesca Tatarella's Natural Architecture, a book introducing artists and architects who are transforming building into a fascinating new art form through using humble elements--branches, twigs, straw, bamboo. Their fantastical creations are sometimes structural, sometimes sculptural and sometimes sacred, but regardless, they resonate with a natural beauty.
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