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Despite Fears, Owning Home Retains Allure, Poll Shows

“Despite Fears, Owning Home Retains Owning a house remains central to Americans’ sense of well-being, even as many doubt their home is a good investment after a punishing recession.

Nearly nine in 10 Americans say homeownership is an important part of the American dream, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. And they are keen on making sure it stays that way, for themselves and everyone else.

Support for helping people in financial distress over housing is higher than support for helping those without a job for many months.

Forty-five percent of the respondents say the government should be doing more to improve the housing market, while 16 percent say it should be doing less. On the politically contentious issue of direct financial assistance to those having trouble paying their mortgages, slightly more than half of those polled, 53 percent, say the government should help. And almost no one favors discontinuing the mortgage tax deduction, a prized middle-class benefit that has been featured on some budget-cutting proposals.”

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San Francisco named greenest city in U.S. and Canada

“We at City Insider just love it when San Francisco comes out tops in major rankings – and this is definitely one to crow about.

San Francisco has been named the greenest city in the United States and Canada in a study commissioned by Siemens. (Yes, San Franciscans, the occasional annoyances of mandatory composting and not being able to get a plastic bag at the grocery store are paying off.)

The study ranked 27 major cities on environmental policies across nine categories: carbon emissions, energy, land use, buildings, transportation, water, waste, air quality and environmental governance.”

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