These simple drawings of animals from photos have conquered Twitter

first_imgImage: Twitter / animaidrawn / Sometimes animals star in funny situationsThis user recreates the images with minimalist works – We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 31, 2020pic.twitter.com/3olBlnkWbG– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 31, 2020pic.twitter.com/QvKVcueHHV– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 29, 2020pic.twitter.com/nXTuSqMMrv– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) February 8, 2020pic.twitter.com/4plWDPIWC9– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 28, 2020pic.twitter.com/Z6rNgpFNwA– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) January 27, 2020pic.twitter.com/8RQFvk9VaC– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) February 5, 2020center_img Animals are very peculiar beings who earn our love with their way of behaving. If sometimes we can see wild animals acting in a curious way, this same situation is multiplied with our pets, since we can find them in the most funny situations.The Animal Drawn Twitter account has found the best way to portray pets in these types of situations. This user is responsible for recreating photos of animals with the most unusual poses, with minimalist drawings that have already achieved great popularity in the bluebird’s social network.Among the animals protagonists of his works of this user we can find cats, dogs and even hedgehogs, among other animals. To recreate them, this artist simply uses a couple of lines, thus achieving a very real and funny representation of the animals.Forbidden lover pic.twitter.com/OJm7WZ3k3c– We Draw Animal (@Animaidrawn) February 4, 2020pic.twitter.com/RNngaFDhVJlast_img read more

Rain or Shine continues chase for top 4, downs Blackwater

first_imgUAAP women’s hoops: UST claims solo 2nd, La Salle stops skid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours PBA IMAGESRain or Shine remained in contention for a top four berth after turning back Blackwater, 122-98, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters tightened their defensive screws in the second half, where they outscored the Elite, 65-42.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I guess we just wanted it more today. Everybody who came in the game stepped up,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “Basically, I just told them that we have a chance on the top four and the only way we can have that chance is to win.”“In the first half I thought we were just okay offensively but our defense wasn’t there. In the second half I think we picked it up,” added Garcia after steering his squad to 7-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJ’Nathan Bullock fired a game-high 30 points, including 12 in the third quarter where the Painters turned a one-point game to a lopsided affair. They took an 89-77 lead entering the fourth period.Raymond Almazan made the most out of his time on the floor, finishing with 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and six rebounds in less than 19 minutes. Rain or Shine was +20 when the lanky big man was in the game. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson It was also Almazan, who extended the Painters’ lead to 20, 103-83, after hitting a triple late.The Elite, who wrapped up the eliminations at 5-6 and will face the top seed in the playoffs, drew another explosive showing from their new acquisition Allein Maliksi, who led his team with 29 points that went with eight rebounds.Henry Walker, who sparked Blackwater’s resurgence after coming in as replacement import after the Elite dropped their first three games in the conference, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.The Painters clicked on both ends of the floor especially on the offensive end, burying 16 3-pointers and dishing out 27 assists against only eight turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody View commentslast_img read more

Cummings Lodge residents calls for better roads

first_imgResidents of South Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara are pleading with the relevant authorities to construct better roads in the community, since the hazardous state of the present ones jeopardise their safety.When Guyana Times visited the area on Thursday, several residents voicing their concerns said the roads are in urgent need of repair. One of the roads mentioned is the main access road which links North Sophia and the Eastern Highway. Residents said vehicles traversing this route would normally have to do a lot of negotiating to avoid the potholes at various sections in the roads.Further, it was also noted that in the evening it is most difficult to make out the roads from their corners, since sections of the road are usually dark.Efforts to contact the Neighbourhood Democratic Council for a response in this regard proved futile.The Georgetown City Council (M&CC), which collects taxes from residents, has repeatedly promised to fix the roads. The current situation is very dire, with the shoulders of this main access road so badly deteriorated that vehicles have to adopt awkward positions to utilise the infrastructure.Recently, the Central Housing and Planning Authority’s (CH&PA’s) Project Director Omar Narine told this publication that CH&PA officials are aware of the condition of the roads, and measures are being put in place to address the issue.He said the CH&PA is working along with the Public Infrastructure Ministry toDeteriorated sections of the main access road which links north Sophia with the Eastern Highwaydevelop an estimate to have the main access road fixed.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had earlier stated that Government is addressing the issue, and pointed out that “contracts are out for (its) repair and maintenance.”last_img read more

Guyana-bound Jamaican busted with ganja

first_imgA man has been taken into custody for breaches of the Dangerous Drug Act, after 12 pounds of ganja was found in his luggage at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston, on Sunday.According to the Jamaica Observer, the man has been identified as Sean Matthews of Arnold Road in Kingston.Reports from the Narcotics Police are that Matthews was about to board a flight for Guyana when he was interviewed by lawmen, his luggage searched, and the illicit drug found.The Police say the drug has an estimated street value of J$66,000 million.Matthews is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on September 2, where he will answer to charges of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking preparatory steps to export ganja, and conspiracy to export ganja.last_img read more

Ronaldo retains Club World Cup for Real Madrid

first_imgRonaldo was once again Real’s man for the big occasion as his strike went through the Gremio wall eight minutes after the break to ensure the European club champions were also crowned world champions for a fifth straight year.“We wanted to win because Real Madrid have never won five trophies in one year,” said Ronaldo. “I think we played a very good game and deserved to win.”Ronaldo has now scored 15 goals in 20 appearances for Madrid this season despite a slow start in La Liga.“The numbers speak for themselves,” added the Portuguese. “I give my answers on the pitch. The team were phenomenal and it is another trophy for the CV.”Gareth Bale was left on the bench despite scoring with his first touch as a substitute against Al Jazira on Wednesday to book Madrid’s place in the final, as Zinedine Zidane kept faith with the same side that started Real’s Champions League final triumph over Juventus back in June.Gremio booked their ricket to Abu Dhabi by winning the Copa Libertadores for the third time last month and Madrid knew they weren’t in for a comfortable evening just two minutes in when Gremio captain Pedro Geromel raked his studs down the back of Ronaldo’s calf without any punishment from Mexican referee Cesar Ramos.Ronaldo, though, confirmed he will be fit for next weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona.– Stubborn opposition –Madrid dominated possession but, unlike in their profligate semi-final performance, found clear-cut chances hard to come by against the well-organised Gremio defence.Luka Modric came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that flew inches wide of the far post.Ronaldo also hammered a long-range free-kick that dipped onto the roof of the net, whilst Edilson gave Keylor Navas a similar scare at the other end with a free-kick from range.Gremio pleaded for the referee to consult with the video assistant referee (VAR) when Sergio Ramos clipped Ramiro inside the area early in the second period.However, those claims fell on deaf ears and Madrid instantly broke up the other end to open the scoring.Ronaldo was tripped 25 yards from goal and the world player of the year’s resulting free-kick sneaked through a gap in the Gremio wall to skip into the bottom corner.Gremio were handed a lifeline when Ronaldo had the ball in the net again just before the hour mark, but Karim Benzema was flagged for being marginally offside in the build-up.Marcelo Grohe then turned another Modric drive onto the post and made great stops from Ronaldo and Bale in the final 10 minutes to keep Gremio in the game.However, the Brazilians failed to register a single shot on target as Madrid comfortably held out to seal their most successful ever year with a fifth trophy.Earlier, Mexican side Pachuca beat hosts Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place play-off.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo strikes the ball to score a free-kick during their match against Gremio FBPA in Abu Dhabi on December 16, 2017 © AFP / KARIM SAHIBAbu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec 16 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi on Saturday to retain the Club World Cup.A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition’s history and adds to the La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup titles already won by Zinedine Zidane’s men this year.last_img read more

HE’S DONE IT! GOLDEN BOY JASON QUIGLEY CROWNED EUROPEAN BOXING CHAMPION

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL boxer Jason Quigley has done it – he has taken gold in the European Boxing Championships in Minsk, Belarus, today.The 22-year-old Ballybofey man took his place on the Donegal’s all-time sporting roll of honour with a tremendous performance.After beating the world champion in the semi-final, Jason beat Romanian Bogdan Juratoni, the No2 seed, in today’s incredible final of the 75kg middleweight division. The Finn Valley man shed tears of joy as he realised his dream of taking a European Senior Amateur Boxing title.It was a nerve-jangling power-punching contest.In the first round Jason danced around the ring, picking off his opponent with some nice punches, absorbing hits from the Romanian in the round, but winning the first round with the judges.Juratoni came out fighting in the second, but Jason settled again and picked off his opponent with some great combinations. The fight was much closer – with most of the judges tied on the second round. Jason was definitely tired in the last round; he was on the ground twice, falling over through tiredness.But he held on to win – with the judges going for the Irish man.The whole of Donegal was tuned in to the fight live on RTE2 – with celebrations in the Twin Towns.Olympic silver medalist Ken Egan paid tribute to Quigley.“He has always been knocking on the door and this is a tremendous tribute to Jason and what he has done,” said Egan. “There’s no reason now why he can’t go on and do Ireland proud at the world championships. He’s a lovely guy; good and down to earth and decent man and he deserves everything he gets because of all the work he puts in.”Earlier John Joe Nevin was crowned European Champion.The Cavan BC bantamweight, the No. 1 seed in the Belarusian capital, outclassed Ukrainian southpaw Mykola Butsenko to earn a unanimous decision (30-27,29-28,29-28) at the Palace of Sports.Paddy Barnes won silver having been forced to withdraw from the final with a broken nose. And fellow Belfast man Michael Conlan took silver after being beaten on a split decision.It is a glorious day for Irish boxing and a glorious day for Irish sport.HE’S DONE IT! GOLDEN BOY JASON QUIGLEY CROWNED EUROPEAN BOXING CHAMPION was last modified: June 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallybofeyHE’S DONE IT! GOLDEN BOY JASON QUIGLEY CROWNED EUROPEAN BOXING CHAMPIONJason Quigleylast_img read more

HARPS HELD DESPITE BATTLING PERFORMANCE

first_imgMark Forker starts off another Finn Harps attack against Cobh Ramblers. Pic: Gary FoyIT’S hard to know what Finn Harps need to do to win these days.They appeared to have everything right against Cobh Ramblers in Ballybofey on Friday night – and still managed to drop points.Keith Cowan headed Harps into the lead on 17 minutes as the home side launched a series of attacks, and Michael Funston added a second ten minutes later. Cobh pulled one back three minutes later, and then equalised in the 67th minute.McHugh could have snatched all the points for Harps late on; but at least Peter Hutton’s team has ended a run of defeats – and there were some great performances in the side to give encouragement for the rest of the season.HARPS HELD DESPITE BATTLING PERFORMANCE was last modified: July 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

THE ‘RED DOOR’ SCOOPS TOP WEDDING VENUE AWARD

first_imgThe Red Door Country House in Fahan has just scooped the title ‘Best Donegal Wedding Venue 2012’ from the Irish and UK venue finder website, WeddingDates.ie.The winning venue was chosen based on the number of 5 star reviews left by couples who had their special day at The Red Door. Formerly known as Restaurant St. John’s, the 200 year old building lay dormant for over three years after the previous owners had retired in 2006.However, the new owners brought life and warmth back in 2009 and opened as The Red Door Country House.Weddings at the 18th century country house overlooking Lough Swilly have grown in popularity in the past three years, according to Wedding Co-ordinator Frances Doherty.“We opened as a restaurant with accommodation in 2009 but fairly soon couples started to approach us for intimate weddings. We can seat up to 150 guests but smaller weddings of 80 – 100 guests are the trend here.” There are many unique aspects to The Red Door such as the stunning views and top quality food. However the attentiveness of Frances and her friendly team is echoed throughout all the reviews that led to this award.“From the initial meeting with a couple until long after the wedding is over, I just take great interest and care with them. I’ve made many new friends over the past few years,” says Frances. “We’re very fortunate to have such a great team here from the kitchen through to the floor staff and we’re so grateful to read the feedback that led to us winning this title.”The Red Door is renowned for the quality of its food and service for all occasions. Head Chef Sean Clifford was recently commended by Sally and John McKenna (Bridgestone Guide) last month.For information about weddings at The Red Door Country House, visit www.thereddoor.ie/weddings. THE ‘RED DOOR’ SCOOPS TOP WEDDING VENUE AWARD was last modified: October 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FahanThe Red Doorlast_img read more

Burbank may point camera at taggers

first_img “Deploying the pole camera for graffiti abatement would be an effective, but costly tactic,” Hoefel wrote. Hoefel also reported that reported graffiti incidents have declined over the last three years from 8,651 in 2003 to 4,535 between Jan. 1, 2005 and Aug. 31, 2005. Officials estimate that by year’s end, the city will have reports of some 6,800 graffiti incidents. Over the last three years, the city spent $257,049 for graffiti cleanup. Burbank follows a national trend. Partly fueled by fears of a terrorist attack after 9-11, police agencies have been turning more and more to camera surveillance for crime fighting. “But these types of cameras are no substitute for officers who are on the scene and who have a deterrent effect on crime,” said Elizabeth Schroeder, the associate director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. “They should be very careful about how far camera surveillance extends.” The Los Angeles Police Department says cameras installed at problem areas in the city have helped cut down crime. The LAPD is also considering installing cameras at commuter train stations and subways. Other cities, including Oxnard and Santa Clarita, have automated cameras at intersections to photograph the license plates of vehicles that run red lights. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Burbank police are considering using a $32,000 surveillance camera to catch graffiti vandals at hot spots such as Burbank Boulevard and Grismer Avenue. The camera, purchased recently from Department of Homeland Security grants, has been used to watch suspected drug dealers. But nagging problems with graffiti have officials considering using the electronic eyes against taggers. “We do have the capability to do it,” said Burbank City Councilman David Golonski, who pitched the idea in August after reading about the use of cameras to fight crime in Los Angeles. “I think it’s important. It’s the broken-windows theory. You try to prevent the small problems and don’t let the situation deteriorate.” Police would not reveal where or when they will use the cameras, but in a memo to city officials, Police Chief Tom Hoefel pointed to the 3000 block of West Burbank Boulevard and Grismer Avenue between San Fernando and Glenoaks boulevards as having some of the city’s worst graffiti problems. last_img read more

American Dream?

first_img “Owning a home is closely tied to the American belief in social and economic opportunity,” said Mara Marks, a professor of urban studies and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. “We’ve got this belief, this kind of social contract, that if you work hard and have big dreams you can have a piece of this American dream, ” she said. “As more and more people begin to sense that that dream is out of reach and not a reality for them, that’s a dangerous situation.” Roots of the dream It wasn’t always this way. Suburban tract housing built after World War II and home loans offered through the GI bill made home ownership a reality for thousands of returning veterans — many of whom moved from their native states, touching off Southern California’s explosive growth. For generations, owning a home has been the cornerstone of the American Dream and a hallmark of a financially secure middle-class life. Even today, about 80 percent of Californians surveyed say they want a home of their own. Stay-at-home mom Julie Jacks grew up in Southern California expecting to own a house and make her life here. She and many others have found the dream elusive. In a report lastweek by the California Association of Realtors, only 12 percent of Los Angeles County residents could afford the median-priced home. The state is only slightly better at 14 percent. “All of our parents got married and bought a house, on one income. We’re educated people. But here we are in Rosemead, renting,” Jacks, 36, said. “Everybody strives to own their own home. It’s a sign of independence. I’m an adult. I’m educated. I deserve this.” Southern California home prices began hitting record highs in 2000 and have doubled since then. In August, the median price –the point between the most and least expensive — for a Southern California home hit $476,000. That’s a 132 percent increase from 2000, when a middle-of-the road home sold for about $205,000. Average wages and household incomes in California have risen less than 10 percent during that same period. Today, a potential home buyer would have to make around $110,000 to afford the median-priced house — assuming traditional guidelines of 20 percent of the price as down payment and spending one-third of gross income on the mortgage, taxes and insurance. Though some neighborhoods, such as those south of the San Fernando Valley’s Ventura Boulevard, were always more expensive, they’re now seeing median prices at or near $1 million. But even communities once considered affordable are becoming less so. Across the rest of the San Fernando Valley, once a haven for middle-income families, the home price tops $600,000. In the Inland Empire, peppered with middle-class cities, home prices have more than doubled since 2000. A household would have to make at least $80,000 a year to buy a median-priced $344,000 home. That concerns Andy McCue, managing director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UC Riverside, who believes home prices are undermining the middle class, which fueled the state’s prosperity from the 1950s through the 1980s. “We’ve priced the middle class out of new housing,” he said. “I would worry that we become like Manhattan where you have the very rich and the very poor with nothing in between.” That, said Marks, with the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, is one of the dangers in a region where so many people can’t afford the American Dream. She worries that Southern California may ultimately see more class division and ethnic division. Already, the region is already seeing the ripple effects: two and three families sharing a house, post-college-age children living with their parents, skilled workers leaving in search of cheaper housing. Buying the dream Despite high prices, home ownership rates are higher than they’ve been in decades, with 59 percent of Californians owning their own homes. Likewise, the rate of homeownership among those age 30-34 rose from 38 percent in 2000 to 41 percent in 2003. And middle- and low-income people are getting into the market as well. Nearly half of recent California homebuyers have household incomes of less than $60,000. Some in the real estate business say home-price sticker shock distracts from the reality: People buy based on the monthly payment, not the overall price. Low mortgage rates have helped keep monthly payments low in relation to the sale price and in line with what people would pay in rent, said Delores Conway, director of the Casden Forecast at USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. “Just to look at the sale price is misleading. Even though home prices are high, the actual cost to homeowners is not that much higher.” For example, a $350,000 home bought with 5-percent interest costs around $1,800 per month. Monthly payments on the same price home would have been $3,000 in 1990, when mortgage rates were 10 percent. Hans P. Johnson, a research fellow with the Public Policy Institute and author of a study of how Californians are “Affording the Unaffordable,” says there can be a risk to that. One in five new homeowners in the state spend more than half their gross income on their home loan. Half of new homeowners spend more than the federally recommended limit of 30 percent of their income on the mortgage. “If you’re willing to spend a lot on housing, if you’re willing to move inland, and use this flexible financing method, you can find a home.” Experts fears that these buyers may be creating a new class of homeowners vulnerable to losing their homes if they get laid off, have health problems or can’t meet the rising payments on an adjustable rate mortgage. Kirsten O’Brien shared that fear and instead stuck to her limited budget. But to do that, she spends most of her day away from home. The teaching intern found a $139,000, two-bedroom house that fit the small budget of a single mom in the desert city of Yucca Valley — 140 miles from her job in Watts. She drives six hours a day, leaving home at 4 a.m. and returning after 7:30 p.m. Her mom lives with the family and cares for O’Brien’s 5-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son during the day. Yes, it’s a sacrifice for the whole family. And O’Brien wishes she could spend more time with her children. But O’Brien was ready to put down roots and after moving from rental to rental for the last few years, she believes the stability of home ownership is worth the long commute. “For once in my life, it feels safe,” O’Brien said. “I know my payment. I know it can’t go up. The idea that my kids will be able to live here and not change schools until they graduate, it means so much to me, I can’t even explain.” — Staff Writers Don Jergler, Kelly Rayburn, Andrew Blazier, Jason Newell and Andrea Feathers contributed to this story. Kerry Cavanaugh can be reached at (818) 713-3746, or by e-mail at kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Record-breaking home values have jeopardized the American Dream for more and more Southern Californians who aspire to the security and stability of home ownership but find the prices and sacrifices too much to bear. The hot real estate market has generated unimaginable wealth for homeowners but has left others priced out of the market, feeling they’ll never get their piece of the dream. Five years ago, teachers Julie and Jeff Jacks were ready to start a family and buy a little house in Temple City for $200,000. But they decided to wait, fearful that they wouldn’t be able to make the mortgage if Julie got pregnant right away and quit her job. Then they watched as houses in their Rosemead neighborhood climbed from $200,000 to $300,000 to $400,000 and higher — frustrating the young parents and lifelong Southern Californians who now believe their future lies outside the region. Kimi Lee bought her first home, a 900-square-foot fixer-upper in Highland Park, for $158,000 in 2001, just before her neighborhood became the hip, new affordable area. Four years later, she’s amazed at her good fortune and perfect timing as homes in her community now fetch $500,000, pricing many of her friends out. Then there are the newest home buyers — often making incredible sacrifices for their piece of the American Dream. Kirsten O’Brien drives six hours a day from her new house in Yucca Valley to her teaching job in Watts. With rents and prices out of her reach in the L.A. basin, the single-mom decided the stability of home ownership was worth the long commute. High home prices — coupled with overcrowding, traffic, air pollution and long commutes from far-flung subdivisions –are taking the sheen off the Golden State. Even more worrisome, experts say, are what high prices and low affordability are doing to middle-class families and the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots.last_img read more