Fed auctioning its assets, DC Old Post Office is one of them
The federal government launched the Campaign to Cut Waste in order to reduce unnecessary spending and to close budget gap. This program includes the elimination of unused buildings.
So far the federal government has been the biggest property owner in the U.S., but it doesn’t need more than 14,000 buildings and structures it has, according to the information released by the White House.These buildings are considered to be “excess.” Some of them will be demolished, while others – sold to private owners. But now they cost taxpayers about $190 million a year.
The Old Post Office (OPO) located between the White House and The Capitol is one of the first structures in the downtown DC to be redeveloped into a hotel as a part of this program. DC Monaco Hotel, formerly General Post Office and Tariff Building, was turned into a hotel in the summer of 2002.
Pros and cons of online education
Virtual classrooms are gaining importance in traditional education, but expert opinions are mixed.
While the number of schools offering distance learning have soared over recent years, some experts agree that, despite controversy around the effectiveness of online education, the virtual classroom is becoming an important part of higher education.
“Online courses have a place, and they are here to stay,” says Andy Zucker, a senior researcher for Concord Consortium, a nonprofit pioneer in online education.
While Zucker says he believes virtual learning plays an important role in curriculum, he cautions that online education and technology cannot replace in-class activities.
Zucker also believes that studying with other students under the supervision of a teacher is more effective.
How “Internet addiction” affects your country
Sources: www.Data.Worldbank.org & www.CIA.gov
OK, we might not be physically addicted to the Internet, but there still might be some truth in that theory: Consider the fact that Americans spend an average 32 hours a month online, three times as much as people in India spend online.
The question is how does access to the Internet influence one’s quality of life? Are heavy Internet users smarter, healthier, happier? Are they more politically active?
Embracing a moment in a paradise is not impossible
How in spite of bankruptcy, Market Commons turned into a peaceful refuge for both locals and visitors
Built just a couple years ago in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Market Commons promised to become a financial success. Market Commons Myrtle Beach is a 114 acre lifestyle center with townhomes, small stores, restaurants, a movie theatre, and a grocery store. It was supposed to attract crowds of locals and visitors, as well as a sturdy cash flow.
However, the economic crisis left its trace everywhere, not setting apart the newly constructed complex. On May, 2010, its owners claimed bankruptcy. Tons of efforts and money seemed to be spent in vain, but there is a side to Market Commons that a lot of people tend to leave unnoticed: its potential as a perfect place for socializing and enjoying life.
Constructed on the site of an Air Force Base, Market Commons has a footprint of history. The area played a vital role in such conflicts as Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam War, and Desert Storm. Valor Memorial Garden, as well as Warbird Park, have memorial information signs noting historical facts from the World War II to the present that shaped the history of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.