All posts by Mark Olshaker

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A Good School Up the Block

It is now accepted wisdom that the key social determinant to a stable and productive life for both adults and children is stable and permanent housing: It all starts with a secure place to live; that is the game-changer.

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Weathering Wintergreen

Like most resort areas where local property is bought up by wealthy patrons from all over, particularly ski resorts where usable land is severely restricted by mountains and rugged terrain and stormy weather makes long commutes impractical, Keystone, CO has a severe problem with affordable and workforce housing.

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The Land of OZ

The interest, curiosity and enthusiasm surrounding Opportunity Zones has been dramatic since the program was announced as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and forums bringing potential players together have proliferated around the country.

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Lafayette, Louisiana: Brooke Pointe Apartments

“Lafayette, LA lies two hours west of New Orleans, but might as well be a world away,” according to the travel website, Travlinmad. The fourth largest city in the state is situated at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 10 and 49, and if you head east on US 10, in about 50 miles you’ll hit Baton Rouge, which forms the apex of a flat sort of triangle with Lafayette and New Orleans.

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The Land of OZ

We are still in the very early stages of Opportunity Zone deals, and with this new incentive for a variety of businesses in designated underserved communities, it appears as if one size isn’t going to fit all.

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