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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Along with bringing down the economy, we have another thing to thank the housing bubble for: Underwater mortgages that prevent people from moving to where new jobs are.

The labor migration rate is down sharply since the start of the economic downturn in 2007 and is just half the rate of a decade earlier, according to William H. Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer who has analyzed Internal Revenue Service and census data.

“Overall, interstate migration has reached its lowest point since World War II,” Frey said.

Being locked into a house was my biggest fear during the hard-sell portion of the residential boom, and this makes me glad that I never did take the plunge. If I had, I might not have left Florida for New York, and definitely would have been the worst for it professionally. Consider me one of the unscathed survivors of the late great Ownership Society.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/31/2010 01:25pm
Category: Business, Society
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de-camping
Player cut-downs are a common part of National Football League training camps. Now, thanks to looming logistics after the current collective bargaining agreement expires, training camps themselves probably will get cut down:

If the proposal to essentially turn the last two preseason games into regular-season contests becomes reality, teams could just start practicing two weeks earlier, right? Well, maybe not. Players worry a longer regular season would increase injuries, and NFL leaders have suggested they might cut back on training camp as a concession.

Note that the money-making possibilities are driving this move — not player safety concerns, or even the decades-outmoded notion that extended camps are needed for players to get into shape. But regardless of why, it’s a welcomed move. Especially since, in my opinion, training camps aren’t particularly effective anyway:

Brett Favre’s late August [2009] signing with the Vikings, and instant installment as their starting QB, invalidates the fundamental purpose of preseason. Team cohesiveness and playbook preparation are supposed to be paramount goals before the regular season commences. How true is that when a team’s most pivotal position is reshuffled barely a week before games start to count? Even accounting for Favre’s experience and unique star power, Minnesota basically threw out their entire gameplan when they brought him in, demonstrating how disposable those weeks of preparation are.

On top of that example, the first two weeks of NFL action produced tons of penalties by both winning and losing teams. That’s a yearly occurrence, and it’s driven me crazy for as long as I can remember. You’d think players would be particularly sharp coming right out of preseason, especially after having survived roster cut-downs and everything else. And yet, in Week 1, you see enough offsides and other boneheaded fouls to make you wonder just how much intensity teams generate in August.

Tightening up the preparation period will only help — players will be more focused, and fans won’t have to wait forever for kickoffs that count. An all-around win.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/31/2010 12:39pm
Category: Football
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