2011 Week 3

Comments centered this week on why a pair of Lakeland Local columnists were not Libertarians. Kemp Brinson kicked off the discussion with a Martin Luther King Day post Why I’m Not a Libertarian. Billy Townsend ended the weak explaining Why Billy is Not a Libertarian. No other Lakeland Local columnists chose this week to announce […]

Lakeland Homes Sold April 2010

Lakeland Florida Neighborhood map Sm2Overall Lakeland real estate sales activity remained very active and strong last month with a total of 244 Lakeland homes sold in April. Average and median prices are still declining from the previous year. The government’s tax credit program for homebuyers and low mortgage rates surely has impacted strong sales activity. However, it did not translate to higher prices with the blame going to high unemployment rates and stricter mortgage lending guidelines for individuals. — Petra Norris

Lakeland Homes Sold February 2010

map 2In my last month Lakeland Real Estate market report, I asked the question, “Will the roller coaster ride continue in 2010?” Folks, brace for a nose dive! Although there were 152 Lakeland homes sold in February, average and median prices took a double digit steep decline. Distressed properties are still driving down market values with over 55% of market share…..See the map at LakelandLocal.com

Lakeland Police Change Beats

The Lakeland Police Department is changing their beats to improve officer assignment and response flexibility. In the past, LPD utilized smaller single officer assigned beats. Two or three officers will be assigned to each of the new zones. LPD Lieutenant Jody Sisson, who participated in the remapping project, says the new beats allow officers to work together in between calls to target problem areas.

George Harris Memorial Arch Dedication Set for Thursday

Local first reported the news of the George Harris Memorial Arch on February 6th. At that time, Anne Furr, the director of the Lakeland Downtown Development Association, hoped the arch would be finished for a dedication in late April or early May.

The arch was completed ahead of time. The public is invited to the dedication this Thursday, April 2nd, at 5pm at the SW corner of Munn Park. (Before view of the corner.)

Lakeland Tweetup/Meetup for March 31

Lakeland area bloggers and other social media users are all invited to the next “tweetup/meetup” on March 31st at 7pm. We’re taking a more laid-back approach this time. No presentations teaching the wonders of Twitter. Just a group of social media fans with the opportunity to meet in person. It’s a chance to mingle with Lakeland’s social media cutting edge.

We’re trying a new meeting place this month. Barry Friedman, the Ledger’s Managing Editor/Digital, offered the use of the Ledger’s lobby. He’s going to supply refreshments, and offer tours of the Polk County newspaper of record. To help me let Barry know how many to expect, please comment below if you plan to come. Or email me at tweetup [at] lakelandlocal.com, or send me a tweet at @chuckwelch. (Map & directions inside)

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 03/01 to 03/07

Another 84 homes were listed for sale in Lakeland last week. We have an interactive map containing the usual data: bedrooms, square footage, bathrooms, and asking price. Each datapoint also links to the Google Street view of the address. Check our full post for the map and a report from Petra Norris…

Lakeland Florida Homes for Sale Listed 02/22 to 02/28

Another 71 homes were listed for sale in Lakeland last week. We have an interactive map containing the usual data: bedrooms, square footage, bathrooms, and asking price. Each datapoint also links to the Google Street view of the address. Check our full post for the map and a report from Petra Norris…