A YouTube Star Threw A Super Bowl Party for Homeless New Yorkers

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Homeless

What did you think of the Super Bowl this year? The Patriots won again, it was a relatively low-scoring game, and the halftime show was so-so (depending upon how much you really like Maroon 5). But for some people—some homeless people, in particular—this Super Bowl was like Christmas.

A YouTube star (Meir Kay) took some people off the street, at least for one evening, and threw them a Super Bowl party. The 3 1/2 minute video was posted to Facebook and details the evening. Check it out below.

Commenting on the Video

The video was an instant hit on Facebook, and rightfully so. One commenter, Teri Scivley, was so inspired by the video that she decided to do something similar in her area. She writes, “this video inspired me last year to have a Super Bowl Party for the homeless in my hometown. We had 160 to show up then and expect 150 tomorrow! Good deeds inspire good deeds.”

The homeless were taken off the streets and were granted access to a rooftop Super Bowl party. Part of this event was free food, which they were grateful for. Another commenter, Mike Bezak, noticed something about the homeless men before they started eating: They prayed in thanksgiving. Mike writes, “One thing that caught my eye was all the homeless men prayed before they ate. We have so much in our lives to be thankful for, we could learn a lesson from these men. Amen to them.”

On the night of the Super Bowl, in New York City, the temperature was in the teens. Not only did Meir Kay feed the homeless, but he also warmed them up as well. He did this by giving each homeless person a Patriots football jersey. Not every commenter on Facebook is a Patriots fan. Case in point: Michael Winchock shared a joke about the choice of attire. He wrote, “Haven’t these men suffered enough?? It’s just cruel to make them wear Patriots jerseys.” I’m not sure which team Michael roots for, but better luck next year!

Helping Others

Videos like this remind us that there are more important things than the Super Bowl. Don’t get me wrong: The Super Bowl is always a great time to spend a few hours. And the homeless men know this better than anyone after their chance evening.

The point is to do something good for people when they are down, whether they’re homeless or not. I’ll close with one more quote from a Facebook commenter. Tony McCready writes, “The only time you should be looking down on someone is when you’re helping them up.”

Featured photo is a screenshot by RPS Relocation

Facebook comment photos are screenshots by RPS Relocation

Dallas Area Residential Developments Are Adding Millions of Dollars in New Artwork

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Dallas

Construction is booming in Dallas and residential areas are being developed. New high-rise complexes are finding expensive artwork placed throughout. Why? The answer lies with the type of tenants the complex wants to attract. Dallas News covers the story and some additional details on the artwork.

Commissioning Art of Dallas

Builders of new residential buildings don’t want off-the-shelf art; instead, they are actually commissioning quality artwork to display. This is because the art is meant to elevate the atmosphere of these buildings. Some of these new Dallas high-rises will have the highest rents in the city. Every part of the building—including the artwork—should reflect the high-class aura the developers strive to present to people.

Steve Brown of Dallas News writes, “The first thing visitors see when they drive into the new Park District project in Uptown Dallas is a monumental silver sculpture. By Dallas artists Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin, the polished steel artwork called Twist was commissioned for the office and apartment high-rise project.”

Then, when people go inside the Park District, they are treated to a massive piece of artwork that was created by Ólafur Elíasson, an Icelandic-Danish artist. In addition, there’s a large painting by Jennifer Losch Bartlett, an American artist.

Steve Brown continues, “And, Crow Co. commissioned two large lobby paintings — Cypress Trees and Cypress Swamp — by British artist Billy Childish. They are an explosion of color and shape in the white marble lobby of the office tower.”

Scott Krikorian is a senior managing director for Park District developer Trammell Crow Co. He’s one of the people responsible for fostering this new approach to displaying artwork. Scott was instrumental in getting Billy Childish to create the paintings. “We believe Billy is a bright star in this. We want it to where if somebody walks in the building, they see the quality of the work”, said Krikorian.

Craig Hall Leads the Way

Original artwork isn’t necessarily new to developments. Case in point: developer Craig Hall started including this original artwork in Dallas building in the 1990s. At the time, he thought people might like it. He was right!

Steve Brown writes, “Hall is already working on plans to expand the art offerings at a new high-rise condominium tower and luxury hotel next door, where construction is underway.” It seems Hall hasn’t stopped including original artwork since he started doing it decades ago.

Hall noted that up-and-coming Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has been chosen to create a major sculpture for the area. The sculpture will be located in an urban garden between a hotel and residential area. This will give the sculpture maximum exposure.

British artist Clare Woods has also been commissioned by Hall. Clare will create a floral painting which will be displayed in the ballroom of a Dallas-area hotel.

Scott Krikorian and Craig Hall are among the many developers who are spearheading the campaign to include beautiful, original artwork in the Dallas area. These paintings and sculptures will continue to attract people which will further encourage the growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Featured photo “Cypress Trees” (2018, by Billy Childish) is a screenshot by RPS Relocation

Paths (by Steinunn Thorarinsdottir) photo is a screenshot by RPS Relocation

ISP, Entertainment, & Technology Giant AT&T is Now An Apartment Landlord

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Dallas, Moving News

AT&T is making moves in Dallas. Just 10 years after moving from San Antonio to Dallas, the technology company is purchasing the historic Interurban Building. Here’s where the story gets interesting: AT&T isn’t using the building for company operations; instead, they’re investing in the property which is a mix of residential and retail units. Dallas News covered the story and gave us more details about this purchase.

The Interurban Building

Long before AT&T came to Dallas, the Interurban Building was built. As a matter of fact, it’s been there for over 100 years.

Steve Brown of Dallas News writes, “The more than century-old brick and stone building was once the hub for North Texas’ electric railway system. It later served as a bus station with offices on the upper floors. In 2005, developers acquired the vacant historic building and converted it to loft apartments with retail on the ground floor. The building was sold by California-based Bridge National Partners, which acquired the property out of bankruptcy in 2011.”

Take a look at what the Interurban Building looked like in the 1940s below.

AT&T is Growing in Dallas

About 6,000 employees work at AT&Ts office complex in Dallas. Some of these employees likely already live at the Interurban Building. The purchase of the Interurban building is a further expansion for what AT&T is already currently doing.

The company has been renovating its four-block Dallas campus—Discovery District—since last year.

Steve Brown continues, “The surrounding construction includes 40,000 square feet of restaurants and retail space, a two-story food hall with balcony dining, outdoor gathering and performance areas, and a water garden.”

In total, AT&T is spending $100 million to redo and renovate the Discovery District and surrounding areas. With these renovations and the purchase of the Interurban Building, AT&T is having a great growth year in the Dallas area.

Featured photo by Wikimedia Commons

The 1940s Interurban Building photo is a screenshot by RPS Relocation

Meet Uhaul’s 2018 Growth States Winners

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Moving News

People are moving and U-Haul has the data. Are people moving within their respective states? Or, are there trends towards certain states on a large scale? U-Haul went through their records and shared their results for 2018.

A Spotlight on Texas

Texas is the grand winner when it comes to states people are moving to. As a matter of fact, this is the third year in a row Texas is the number one state people are moving to.

U-haul writes, “North Texas is truly bursting at the seams,” stated Kevin Flanagan, U-Haul Company of Northwest Dallas president. “McKinney, Frisco and the entire Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has been growing substantially in recent years. Texas is gaining more residents than any other state. I think it is the most desirable state in which to live. Obviously, many U-Haul truck-sharing customers agree with me.”

Why is Texas gaining more residents than other states? Business opportunities are a big reason. Companies are moving to Texas and bringing their employees with them. Lower taxes is another reason.

States with high taxes—such as California—are losing residents to Texas.

How has the population migration to Texas changed since 2017? U-Haul continues, “Texas arrivals of one-way U-Haul trucks were up 5 percent compared to the state’s 2017 numbers, while arrivals accounted for 50.2 percent of all one-way U-Haul traffic in Texas to keep it the top state for netting do-it-yourself movers. Communities in and around the Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin-Round Rock metropolitan areas continued to see some of the largest influxes of U-Haul traffic in the Lone Star State.”

The Runner-up States

Florida, South Carolina, Utah, Idaho, Maryland, Vermont—these are the states people are moving to besides Texas.

U-Haul writes, “Florida ranked second for the third year in a row. South Carolina inched up one spot to No. 3, while fast-risers Utah and Idaho rounded out the top five states for growth.”

South Carolina, Utah, and Idaho aren’t staying stagnant on the list; instead, they’ve become even more popular in 2018 from the prior year.

The Losing States

Which states came in last? These are the states people aren’t moving to. As a matter of fact, people are moving away from them.

Illinois, Michigan, California, Louisiana, and Massachusetts were the big losers in 2018. U-Haul writes, “Illinois was 50th on the list for the third time in four years, outpacing No. 48 California and No. 49 Michigan for net departures among out-migration states.”

Illinois is essentially the polar opposite of Texas. Illinois is a high tax state and its balance sheet is negative with debt. Texas is a low tax state and is not drowning in debt. People want to move where the opportunities are. That’s why companies and the people they employ are moving to states like Texas and leaving states like Illinois.

The Data Tells a Story

U-Haul simply followed their own vehicles to get the data. Where are their trucks going? What states are they leaving?

U-Haul writes, “U-Haul Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 2 million one-way U-Haul truck sharing transactions that occur annually.”

It’s simple: More trucks entering a state than leaving the state means there’s a net gain in new residents. U-Haul is in the perfect position to compile this data because they own tens of thousands of moving trucks.

U-Haul continues, “U-Haul is the authority on migration trends thanks to its expansive network that blankets all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The geographical coverage from more than 21,000 U-Haul truck and trailer sharing locations provide a comprehensive overview of where people are moving like no one else in the industry.”

The Full List of States

Read on to view the full list of states by popularity for 2018. These are the states people are moving to. Do you live in one of the top states? Note: The number in parenthesis is the ranking of the state in 2017.

  1. Texas (1)
  2. Florida (2)
  3. South Carolina (4)
  4. Utah (21)
  5. Idaho (14)
  6. Maryland (42)
  7. Vermont (10)
  8. Tennessee (5)
  9. New Hampshire (31)
  10. Maine (26)
  11. Delaware (18)
  12. Missouri (30)
  13. Wisconsin (20)
  14. Oregon (32)
  15. Ohio (34)
  16. Colorado (9)
  17. West Virginia (15)
  18. Nebraska (16)
  19. New Mexico (19)
  20. Washington, D.C. (28)
  21. Connecticut (8)
  22. Arkansas (3)
  23. Arizona (43)
  24. North Carolina (7)
  25. Nevada (33)
  26. Indiana (17)
  27. South Dakota (27)
  28. Virginia (13)
  29. Washington (6)
  30. Mississippi (23)
  31. Alaska (36)
  32. Kansas (38)
  33. Wyoming (22)
  34. Montana (25)
  35. Georgia (41)
  36. North Dakota (37)
  37. Minnesota (35)
  38. Rhode Island (39)
  39. New York (44)
  40. Oklahoma (24)
  41. Iowa (12)
  42. Alabama (11)
  43. New Jersey (45)
  44. Pennsylvania (48)
  45. Kentucky (29)
  46. Massachusetts (46)
  47. Louisiana (40)
  48. California (50)
  49. Michigan (47)
  50. Illinois (49)

Featured photo by Wikimedia Commons

U-Haul photo is a screenshot by RPS Relocation

Lyft’s Top Destinations in Major American Cities

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Dallas, Moving News, Seattle

What are the most popular destinations in major U.S. cities? Bars, restaurants, gyms—every major city has these establishments. Now, we have an idea of which ones people prefer the most thanks to Lyft. The rideshare company released their 2018 Lyftie Award Winners. The awards cover the most popular places in 45 cities. If you live in our around these cities, do the establishments look familiar?

Here’s the full list:

2018 Atlanta Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Dark Horse Tavern
Most Popular Concert Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Altanta Breakfast Club
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Waffle House
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Buckhead
Only In Atlanta: Ponce City Market

2018 Austin Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Whisler’s
Most Popular Concert Venue: Stubb’s
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: South Congress Cafe
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Kerbey Lane Cafe
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Castle Hill Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Rainey Street
Only In Austin: Barton Springs Pool

2018 Baltimore Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Max’s Taphouse
Most Popular Concert Venue: Royal Farms Arena
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Barcocina
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Uptown Towson
Only In Baltimore : Horseshoe Casino

2018 Boston Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Lansdowne Pub
Most Popular Concert Venue: Agganis Arena
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: The Friendly Toast
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Felipe’s Taqueria
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: CorePower Yoga
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Southie
Only In Boston: Fenway Park

2018 Chicago Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Sidetrack
Most Popular Concert Venue: Douglas Park
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Beatrix
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: The Vig
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: XSport
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Boystown
Only In Chicago: Navy Pier

2018 Cleveland Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Punch Bowl Social
Most Popular Concert Venue: House of Blues Cleveland
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: TownHall
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Dive Bar
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: East Bank Flats
Only In Cleveland: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

2018 Charlotte Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Ink n Ivy
Most Popular Concert Venue: PNC Music Pavilion
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Tupelo Honey
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Gin Mill South End
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Charlotte Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Uptown
Only In Charlotte: Epicentre

2018 Columbus Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Standard Hall
Most Popular Concert Venue: Ohio Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Forno Kitchen & Bar
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Union Cafe
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Short North
Only In Columbus: Hollywood Casino Columbus

2018 Dallas-Fort Worth Lyftie Award Winners
Most winners in Lyft’s 2018 list were in Dallas only. No standalone business locations from Fort Worth or other area cities made the list, so it’s odd they decided to say these were he winners for all of DFW.

Most Visited Bar: Backyard Dallas
Most Popular Concert Venue: American Airlines Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Pecan Lodge
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Whataburger
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Uptown Dallas
Only In Dallas-Fort Worth: The Statler

2018 Denver Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Avanti Food and Beverage
Most Popular Concert Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Lodo’s Bar & Grill
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Lodo
Only In Denver: Union Station

2018 Detroit Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Apparatus Room
Most Popular Concert Venue: Ford Field
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Dime Store
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Lafayette Coney Island
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Detroit Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Greektown
Only In Detroit: The Belt

2018 Honolulu Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Mai Tai Bar
Most Popular Concert Venue: The Republik
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Scratch Kitchen
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Chingu
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: UFC GYM
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Chinatown
Only In Honolulu: Diamond Head

2018 Houston Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Kung Fu Saloon
Most Popular Concert Venue: NRG Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Whataburger
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Midtown
Only In Houston: White Oak Music Hall

2018 Indianapolis Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Kilroy’s
Most Popular Concert Venue: Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Milktooth
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Brothers Bar & Grill
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Wholesale District
Only In Indianapolis: MIlitary Park

2018 Los Angeles Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Abbey
Most Popular Concert Venue: Hollywood Bowl
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Soho House
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: In-N-Out Burger
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Only In Los Angeles: Santa Monica Pier

2018 Las Vegas Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: PT’s
Most Popular Concert Venue: Downtown Las Vegas
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Carnival Buffet at The Rio Hotel
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Pho Kim Long Restaurant
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LVAC
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: The Las Vegas Strip
Only In Las Vegas: Caesar’s Palace

2018 Madison Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Old Fashioned
Most Popular Concert Venue: The Kohl Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: DLUX
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Red Rock Saloon
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: UW Natatorium
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Marquette
Only In Madison: Memorial Union Terrace

2018 Memphis Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: B.B. King’s Blues Club
Most Popular Concert Venue: FedEx Forum
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Tin Roof
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Life Time Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Beale Street Entertainment District
Only In Memphis: Graceland

2018 Miami Lyftie Award Winners

Most Popular Concert Venue: Hard Rock Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Big Pink
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: South Beach
Only In Miami: Wynwood Walls

2018 Milwaukee Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Lakefront Brewery
Most Popular Concert Venue: Bradley Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Café Benelux
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Brothers Bar & Grill
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Wisconsin Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Haymarket
Only In Milwaukee : Miller Park

2018 Twin Cities Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Saloon
Most Popular Concert Venue: US Bank Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Union Bar & Grille
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Stella’s Fish Café & Prestige Oyster Bar
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Downtown West
Only In Twin Cities: Mall of America

2018 New Jersey Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Bar Anticipation
Most Popular Concert Venue: MetLife Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: The Cheesecake Factory
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Grasshopper off the Green
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Atlantic City
Only In New Jersey: SoJo Spa Club

2018 New Orleans Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
Most Popular Concert Venue: New Orleans City Park
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Commander’s Palace
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Dat Dog
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: City Park
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Bourbon Street
Only In New Orleans: Cafe Du Monde

2018 Nashville Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Acme Feed & Seed
Most Popular Concert Venue: Ascend Amphitheater
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Biscuit Love Gulch
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Lower Broadway / Downtown
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Downtown YMCA
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Lower Broadway / Downtown
Only In Nashville: Ryman Auditorium

2018 New York City Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Elsewhere
Most Popular Concert Venue: Forest Hills Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Smorgasburg
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Freehold
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Freehold
Only In New York City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2018 New York (Upstate) Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: City Beer Hall
Most Popular Concert Venue: The St. Joseph’s Amphitheater at Lakeview
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Stella’s Diner
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Falley Allen
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Allentown
Only In New York (Upstate): Buffalo Riverworks

2018 Orange County Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Baja Sharkeez
Most Popular Concert Venue: Honda Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Mutt Lynch’s
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Goat Hill Tavern
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Newport Beach
Only In Orange County: Disneyland Park

2018 Orlando Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Ember
Most Popular Concert Venue: Camping World Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Bahama Breeze
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Wall Street Plaza
Only In Orlando: Disney Springs

2018 Ottawa Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Lieutenant’s Pump
Most Popular Concert Venue: Lansdowne Park
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Daly’s Restaurant
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Heart & Crown Irish Pub
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Movati Athletic
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: ByWard Market
Only In Ottawa: Carleton University

2018 Philadelphia Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Morgan’s Pier
Most Popular Concert Venue: Wells Fargo Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Parc
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Pat’s King of Steaks
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Center City
Only In Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary

2018 Phoenix Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: El Hefe Scottsdale
Most Popular Concert Venue: State Farm Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Bottled Blonde
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Scottsdale Entertainment District
Only In Phoenix: Talking Stick Resort

2018 Pittsburgh Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill
Most Popular Concert Venue: Stage AE
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Eat’n Park
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Primanti Bros.
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: South Side
Only In Pittsburgh: Giant Eagle Supermarket

2018 Portland Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: White Owl Social Club
Most Popular Concert Venue: McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Tasty n Alder
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Voodoo Doughnut
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Multnomah Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Buckman
Only In Portland: OHSU’s Aerial Tram

2018 Richmond Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Southern Railway Taphouse
Most Popular Concert Venue: Innsbrook After Hours
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Maple & Pine Restaurant
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Southern Railway Taphouse
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Gold’s Gym
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: The Fan
Only In Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

2018 San Antonio Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Sternewirth
Most Popular Concert Venue: Yanaguana Gardens
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Pearl Brewery
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Brass Monkey
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Gold’s Gym
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Tobin Hill
Only In San Antonio: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

2018 Sacramento Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Faces Nightclub
Most Popular Concert Venue: Golden 1 Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Iron Horse Tavern
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: LowBrau Bierhalle
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Lavender Heights
Only In Sacramento : The Shady Lady Saloon

2018 San Diego Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Mavericks Beach Club
Most Popular Concert Venue: Valley View Casino Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Breakfast Republic
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Mavericks Beach Club
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter
Only In San Diego: Petco Park

2018 Seattle Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Optimism Brewing Company
Most Popular Concert Venue: CenturyLink Field
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Portage Bay Cafe
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Big Mario’s Pizza
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Washington Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Only In Seattle: Seattle Center

2018 San Francisco Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Emporium SF Arcade Bar
Most Popular Concert Venue: Golden Gate Park
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Tartine Manufactory
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: In-N-Out Burger
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: SoMa
Only In San Francisco: Ferry Building Marketplace

2018 San Jose Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Patio
Most Popular Concert Venue: Levi’s Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Flames Eatery & Bar
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: 4th St. Pizza Co.
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Santana Row
Only In San Jose: Tres Gringos Cabo Cantina

2018 Salt Lake City Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Sun Trapp
Most Popular Concert Venue: USANA Amphitheatre
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Red Iguana
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Beer Bar
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Gym at City Creek
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Downtown Salt Lake City
Only In Salt Lake City: Powder Mountain Resort

2018 St. Louis Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Wheelhouse Downtown
Most Popular Concert Venue: Enterprise Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Pappy’s Smokehouse
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Broadway Oyster Bar
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: The Grove
Only In St. Louis: The City Museum

2018 Toronto Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Rebel
Most Popular Concert Venue: Budweiser Stage
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Belfast Love Public House
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Myodetox Performance
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: West Queen West
Only In Toronto: CF Toronto Eaton Centre

2018 Tampa Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Franklin Manor
Most Popular Concert Venue: Raymond James Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: The Cheesecake Factory
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: American Social
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Only In Tampa: Armature Works

2018 Washington, DC Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: El Centro D.F.
Most Popular Concert Venue: RFK Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Busboys and Poets
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Brixton
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: 14th and U
Only In Washington, DC: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Featured photo by Wikimedia Commons

Lyftie award winners photos are screenshots by RPS Relocation

Chris Pratt is Moving

Jason C.
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Moving News

Parks and Recreation, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World—Chris Pratt starred in these films and shows. He went from being homeless to becoming a Hollywood A-Lister. Now, he’s moving. And it seems he’s doing much of the moving himself. He shares a post from his Instagram.

He writes, “I love moving!! Picking up heavy things and moving them into the back of a truck was my major in college! (Full disclosure Chris Pratt did not go to a moving college but he did went to community college for a hot second). Point being… Need a dryer moved? Call Chris. Almost nobody in LA even has a truck so every time they have something to move they call me. Hey Chris, you still got that truck? “Oh hell yeah!!! Now I have a brand new truck thanks to Chevrolet !” DM me with your location and what you need moved and I will be over very soon in my new Silverado. #sponsored #ad.”

Chris Pratt Knows How to Move

His first big move was at age 19. Chris moved to Maui, Hawaii, for an interesting reason at that age: He wanted to retire. When he was 19, Chris wasn’t famous yet; as a matter of fact, he didn’t even have any money. When Chris says he moved there to retire he really meant he went there to become a beach bum. And that’s exactly what he did.

He got drunk, smoked weed, and lived out of a van, or in a tent on the beach. To cover his expenses, Chris worked in a nearby restaurant where he met an actress (Rae Dawn Chong). She got him a small role, people loved him, and the rest is history.

In his Instagram post, Chris mentions the truck he had in college. Speaking of college, he actually went to community college for only a few months before moving to Hawaii.

I know very well how popular people with trucks are in college. Students move in, out and transfer to different dorm rooms during their best years. Having a friend with a truck makes life easier! And Chris alludes to the fact that he was a go-to for moving during his short stint in college.

Seeing Chris load his own and boxes and trash bags suggests he’s still the humble guy he was in his past. He’s a Hollywood star now; but at the end of the day, he’s just like everyone else.

Have you ever had friends or family help you with a move? Did they have their own truck? Or, was a moving company like U-Haul the best option?

Featured photo is a screenshot of Chris Pratt’s Instagram by RPS Relocation

Seattle Is Now Home to Smallest Apartments in the USA

Jason C.
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Seattle

The real estate market varies in each city around the USA. Some cities offer great deals such as cheap housing, large backyards, or ample square footage per apartment. Cities within a certain region of the USA generally share a similar average square footage per apartment. Today, we’re going to focus on the city with the smallest average square footage per apartment: Seattle. MYNorthwest covered the study that came to this conclusion.

Let’s read what they have to say.

RentCafe’s Apartment Size Study

RentCafe conducted a nationwide study to determine the average apartment sizes (by square footage) for various regions. Joseph Albanese of MYNorthwest writes, “According to a study by RentCafe, Seattle boasts the tiniest apartments in the United States — an average apartment size of 711 square feet. That’s smaller than Manhattan, Los Angeles, and other major cities.”

People who live in or near major cities know that better deals can be found outside the city. Chicago, DC, New York City, Miami, and other cities are infamous for having housing that’s small or not affordable. Seattle tops the list for smallest average apartment. Why?

In a nutshell, the answer is supply and demand. Median income is related to the average cost of renting an apartment. The supply of apartments must meet the demand based upon what renters can afford. In Seattle, that means smaller apartments.

Joseph continues, “RentCafe considered new apartments built in Seattle between 2008 and 2018. To put Seattle’s 711 square foot average into some perspective, Manhattan and Chicago both have average sizes of 733 square feet.”

There are a couple important facts here. One is that the study only considers relatively new apartments (those built between 2008 and 2018). Another fact is that apartments in Manhattan and Chicago have larger square footage than those in Seattle. It’s surprising to think the average apartment is smaller in Seattle than it is in Manhattan.

Seattle Apartments are Getting Larger

With apartments in Seattle, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that average apartment size in Seattle is increasing; however, it isn’t increasing by much. As a matter of fact, the average apartment size only grew 4% from 2008-2018.

Here’s the bad news: Apartments in Seattle are getting more expensive. Joseph writes, “RentCafe notes that local rents shot up by 74 percent during that same time, from $1,186 in 2008 to $2,064 in 2018.”

As mentioned before, the average square footage of an apartment in Seattle is 711. To compare, the average square footage of an apartment in the Pacific Northwest region is 856. It would take Seattle decades to get to 856 square footage if sizes only rise 4% every 10 years. Speaking of regions around the USA, MYNorthwest also included a map of them.

The USA Map of Average Apartment Size

MYNorthwest included map put together by RentCafe. Titled “The Average Size of U.S. Apartments By Region”, this map shows 9 different regions around the county. It also lists the average apartment size overall in the country, which is 882 square feet.

Joseph shares another interesting fact from the data. He writes, “Nationally, rents for new apartments have gone up by 28 percent since 2008, while their sizes shrank by 5 percent. The average apartment in the US dropped by 52 square feet since 2008 (currently 941 square feet).”

The Southwest is the big winner when it comes to average apartment size. There, the average size is 975 square feet. The loser is California, which is considered a region due to its large size. The region of California has an average apartment size of 837 square feet. Seattle—the main focus on this article—has more than 100 less average square feet than that region.

Have you rented an apartment in a major city? How about Seattle? Let us know if your experience is in line with these average apartments sizes.

Featured photo by Johan Bos on Pexels

USA Map of Average Apartment Size photo is a screenshot by RPS Relocation

Best U.S. Cities for New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Joe Youngblood
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Dallas, Maps, Seattle

Get ready for 2019! In celebration of the new year, we decided to write about the best cities for New Year’s Eve celebrations. WalletHub compiled multiple data points in numeous cities to determine which ones made the cut.

Methodology of Choosing Cities

Adam McCann of WalletHub writes they used “three key dimensions: 1) Entertainment & Food, 2) Costs and 3) Safety & Accessibility. We evaluated those dimensions using 28 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for New Year’s Eve partiers.”

Among the 28 metrics, some are:

  • New Year’s Eve Events per Capita
  • Duration of 2018 Fireworks Show
  • Availability of Affordable Fine Dining
  • Average Alcoholic Beverage Price
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Neighborhood Security

The 100 Best Cities

Source: WalletHub

Using the 28 metrics, WalletHub was able to rank the top 100 cities. Let’s talk about the top five in order. They are: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

New York has the world-famous Times Square celebrations; however, the celebrations of the other top cities are lesser known. Near Los Angeles, the EVE party at Universal Studios Hollywood is popular. In Atlanta, the popular Peach Drop emulates the ball drop in Times Square. Big Night San Diego is a popular New Year’s Eve party event. And in Las Vegas, 40,000 people watch multiple simultaneous fireworks shows from the downtown area.

Numerous cities in Texas, and Seattle, also ranked highly on the list. In Texas, some of the best cities are: San Antonio (#16), Dallas (#17), Houston (#22), Austin (#27), El Paso (#35), and Fort Worth (#46). Seattle clocks in fairly high at #15.

See the full list of the best U.S. cities for New Year’s Eve celebrations below. Have you attended a New Year’s Eve celebration in one of the cities below? We’d love to hear about your experience.

  1. New York, NY
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Las Vegas, NV
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Orlando, FL
  8. Chicago, IL
  9. Washington, DC
  10. San Francisco, CA
  11. Miami, FL
  12. New Orleans, LA
  13. Philadelphia, PA
  14. Birmingham, AL
  15. Seattle, WA
  16. San Antonio, TX
  17. Dallas, TX
  18. Louisville, KY
  19. Nashville, TN
  20. Virginia Beach, VA
  21. Tampa, FL
  22. Houston, TX
  23. Portland, OR
  24. Indianapolis, IN
  25. Pittsburgh, PA
  26. Buffalo, NY
  27. Austin, TX
  28. Cincinnati, OH
  29. Tucson, AZ
  30. Minneapolis, MN
  31. Scottsdale, AZ
  32. Sacramento, CA
  33. Baltimore, MD
  34. Raleigh, NC
  35. El Paso, TX
  36. Anaheim, CA
  37. Boston, MA
  38. Honolulu, HI
  39. Milwaukee, WI
  40. Charlotte, NC
  41. St. Louis, MO
  42. Omaha, NE
  43. Madison, WI
  44. Irvine, CA
  45. Long Beach, CA
  46. Fort Worth, TX
  47. Phoenix, AZ
  48. Greensboro, NC
  49. Detroit, MI
  50. Oklahoma City, OK
  51. Henderson, NV
  52. Reno, NV
  53. Columbus, OH
  54. Colorado Springs, CO
  55. St. Paul, MN
  56. Boise, ID
  57. Durham, NC
  58. Chandler, AZ
  59. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  60. Wichita, KS
  61. Santa Ana, CA
  62. Jacksonville, FL
  63. Gilbert, AZ
  64. Baton Rouge, LA
  65. Fresno, CA
  66. Tulsa, OK
  67. Memphis, TN
  68. Cleveland, OH
  69. Riverside, CA
  70. Kansas City, MO
  71. Lubbock, TX
  72. Hialeah, FL
  73. Corpus Christi, TX
  74. Mesa, AZ
  75. St. Petersburg, FL
  76. Oakland, CA
  77. Plano, TX
  78. Laredo, TX
  79. Arlington, TX
  80. Albuquerque, NM
  81. Lincoln, NE
  82. Fort Wayne, IN
  83. San Jose, CA
  84. Chesapeake, VA
  85. Norfolk, VA
  86. Bakersfield, CA
  87. Toledo, OH
  88. Jersey City, NJ
  89. Winston-Salem, NC
  90. Aurora, CO
  91. Glendale, AZ
  92. Chula Vista, CA
  93. Irving, TX
  94. Stockton, CA
  95. Newark, NJ
  96. San Bernardino, CA
  97. North Las Vegas, NV
  98. Anchorage, AK
  99. Fremont, CA
  100. Garland, TX

Featured photo by Jonathan Petersson on Pexels

Apartments in Dallas are Getting Smaller and More Expensive

Jason C.
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Dallas

“The world is shrinking” is a phrase growing in popularity due to globalization. In Dallas, however, the phrase should be “apartments are shrinking”. The Dallas Observer covered this fact in a recent story, anyone planning a move to Dallas should be aware that apartments are getting smaller and more expensive.

Stephen Young of the Dallas Observer writes, “between 2008 and 2018, the average apartment in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Irving has shrunk between 4 and 8 percent, while rents have gone up by between 40 and 50 percent over the same period, RENTCafé says.”

50% is a fairly significant appreciation in price. Imagine this: You buy a home in 2008 for $300,000. Today, if it went up 50% in value, the home would be worth $450,000. That would be a great investment! But what happens if you didn’t buy in 2008 and are looking to buy now? The prices are more expensive. The Dallas Observer also shared a map of the average size of U.S. apartments by region. Let’s take a look.

Median Apartment Size Map

From a quick glance of the map, one thing is certain: “Everything’s bigger in Texas” except apartment size. The average square footage of an apartment in the Texas region is 867. Overall, the average square footage of an apartment in the U.S. is 882. The Southeast is the big winner with an average of 975 square feet. California, on the other hand, has the least average square foot coming in at 837. Maybe that’s part of the reason so many people are migrating from California to Texas.

Stephen Young continues, “in Dallas proper, the average apartment built in 2008 was 1,033 square feet. This year, the average new apartment measured 952 square feet, a change in size of 8 percent. The overall average apartment size in Dallas is 832 square feet.”

We saw earlier that the Texas region has an average square footage of 867. Dallas coming in at 832 puts the city under the average of the region. As a matter of fact, the average square footage of an apartment in Dallas is comparable to that of an apartment in the California region (837 square feet).

Median Apartment Size Map (also featured photo) is a screenshot by RPS Relocation

Most Expensive Cities for Commuting in the USA

Jason C.
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Dallas, Data Visualization, Maps, Moving News, Seattle

What’s your daily commute like? If you live in or near a major city, traffic is probably a fact of life. Back in August, we shared how much time people of major cities waste over the course of their lives by commuting. The data was put together by EducatedDriver.org. Now, they’re back with more information about your commute; however, this time, they share how much money you spend on gas and vehicle maintenance.

Recall that the average American spends about 408 days commuting. That’s over an entire year of their life driving! In addition to spending time, people also spend money as they drive. Alex Lauderdale writes, “We did the math for nearly 100 major US cities, and found the average American will spend $108,727 on gas and vehicle maintenance costs associated with commuting while driving 173,203 miles to and from work in their lifetime. That’s enough miles to drive around the world 7 times!”

Lifetime Cost of Commuting Map

A quick glance at the map above shows this: red, yellow, and green circles. The circles represent the lifetime cost of commuting in a certain city. The red circles indicate the most expensive cities, the yellow circles indicate more of the average-costing cities, and the green circles indicate cities that are least expensive for commuting.

The lifetime cost of commuting is most in Atlanta. The average round-trip there is 26 miles and the average cost of commuting there is a whopping $182,886. Let’s take a look at some other areas.

Texas has six cities on the map: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, and McAllen. Texas is the only state that has two large red circles which cover Dallas and Houston. Check out a photo of Texas below.

California is the state with the most cities on the map. The ten circles cover the following cities: Sacramento, Stockton, San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Oxnard, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego. We often hear about how bad the traffic can be in Los Angles; however, the city has a yellow circle. As a matter of fact, California has no red circles at all. See the photo of the state below.

Top 30 Expensive Cities for Commuting

Where are the most expensive cities for commuting? You have to click each circle to determine exactly how expensive the city is for commuting. To make better sense the map, we turned a large part of the data into a list.

Below, you’ll find the top 30 most expensive cities for commuting. As stated earlier, Atlanta is the most expensive, followed closely by Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix. Check it out as the list goes from most expensive to least:

  1. Atlanta, GA – $182,886
  2. Dallas, TX – $174,314
  3. Houston, TX – $174,314
  4. Phoenix, AZ – $162,883
  5. Nashville, TN – $157,168
  6. Detroit, MI – $148,595
  7. Birmingham, AL – $144,309
  8. Chicago, IL – $142,880
  9. St. Louis, MO – $142,880
  10. Charlotte, NC – $138,594
  11. Minneapolis, MN – $135,736
  12. Indianapolis, IL – $131,450
  13. Orlando, FL – $130,021
  14. Knoxville, TX – $130,021
  15. Washington, DC – $130,021
  16. Jacksonville, FL – $130,021
  17. Riverside, CA – $130,021
  18. Seattle, WA – $128,592
  19. Columbia, SC – $128,592
  20. Kansas City, MO – $127,163
  21. Memphis, TN – $127,163
  22. San Antonio, TX – $125,734
  23. Los Angeles, CA – $125,734
  24. Jackson, MS – $124,306
  25. Richmond, VA – $124,306
  26. Cincinnati, OH – $124,306
  27. Austin, TX – $122,877
  28. Baltimore, MD – $122,877
  29. Columbus, OH – $122,877
  30. Miami, FL – $122,877

The Methodology of the Map

How did EducatedDriver.org come up with the data used to compile the map? Alex Lauderdale writes, “For the purposes of this study, we assumed the average person starts full-time work at 18 (some people start earlier, others a bit later). We also know the average retirement age is 63 in the United States. That works out to a total of 45 years working a full-time job.”

This tells us that the data isn’t precise; however, it’s essentially as estimate based upon common knowledge such as the average retirement age and total years the average person works.

Alex continues, “From there, we operated based on the assumption most people work about 250 days per year, accounting for 2 weeks yearly vacation and time off. That adds up to a whopping 11,250 days of working/commuting over a career.”

Again, we’re seeing best estimates based upon data averages. Not everyone has exactly 2 weeks of vacation each year. Some people have more vacation than that and not everyone uses all of their vacation days.

Finally, Alex pulled data about the average round trip distances as well as how much it costs per mile to drive a vehicle. He writes, “we used data from the US Census Bureau on average daily round trip commute distances as well as data from AAA on the total cost per mile of operating a vehicle (60.8 cents per mile for the average sedan when gas, insurance, and maintenance costs are considered).”

How does your city commute compare with the rest of the country? Do you live near a red, yellow, or green circle? We’re interested in your experience and want to know if it lines up with the data! Use the comments area below to share your story.

Map photos are screenshots by RPS Relocation