Ben Joyce Studios: Creating ‘topophilia’

Connecting people to place has taken Spokane artist Ben Joyce to far-flung destinations, through his artwork now collected by major corporations and entertainment stars.

The 38-year-old Gonzaga University graduate operates Ben Joyce Studios near Napa Street and North Foothills Drive. He creates large, colorful landscapes with an aerial perspective, and Joyce has trademarked a description of the unusual style as Abstract Topophilia, the latter term deriving from Greek words for love of place. 

With collectors from Coeur d’Alene Resort owner Duane Hagadone to singer Pharrell Williams, Joyce also recently completed a commissioned 75-foot piece representing Spokane to Coeur d’Alene that hangs in the new Spokane Convention Center addition. 

“I think people for the most part really enjoy certain aspects to places they live, or traveled to; that connection is as much the physical as it is the emotional,” says Joyce, who graduated with a fine arts degree from Gonzaga in 2001. 

“I was always

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Less than 1 percent of seriously underwater properties qualify for principal reduction

RealtyTrac®, a national source for comprehensive housing data, today released its Q1 2016 U.S. Home Equity and Underwater Report, which estimates that less than 1 percent of all seriously underwater properties nationwide potentially qualify for principal loan forgiveness under a new mortgage modification program introduced in April by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees government-backed loan agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Predictions (dreams?) for Knoxville nightlife in 5 years

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By Matt Ward, Special to Go Knoxville

In this week’s column, I will be talking exclusively about the future of Knoxville’s nightlife. I will make predictions that some may think are absurd and others will find encouraging. Now it may be a little lofty to call myself a “nightlife Nostradamus.” I am not predicting things as big as The French Revolution or the Great Fire of London. I am predicting which areas and styles of nightlife establishments will be prevalent in the future in our fair town.

In order to make predictions, we must first talk about where we are. Currently the hottest spot in Knoxville is Market Square. It is

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Downtown Phoenix condo market ready to rocket

Jeweler Joel Starkman is the first resident at Coronado Commons, a complex of 20 townhouse-style homes under construction in central Phoenix.

About a mile away, the Portland on the Park condo project downtown has sold more than half of 149 units well before its opening, expected by the end of the year.

Urban dwellers have bought more than two dozen of the nearby en Hance Park condominiums, with roughly four months of construction left on the 49 units.

A booming market for new for-sale real

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Stepparent wants to give tenant the boot

Q. My wife’s daughter (age 26) has lived with us for the past five years. She pays rent of $400, including everything.

Her boyfriend of three years now also lives with his parents, but he pays them no rent. They party every weekend and then she stays the weekend at her boyfriend’s parents house.


I added tougher rules at our house in hopes they would get a place of their own. It hasn’t happened. We don’t allow him to spend the night here and we insist that when we go to bed, he must go home.

He bought her a “promise ring,” I believe to keep her from nagging about their next step.

I love my

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Should You Really Trust Your Gut When Choosing a Home?


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Love at first sight is every bit as much of a cherished concept for houses as it is for relationships. So how do you know when you’ve found your dream home? While there are a myriad of factors that go into your buying choice, the tipping point is often just a matter of instinct: People just know. As books like Malcolm Gladwell‘s “Blink” illustrate, there’s a lot of legitimate science behind snap decisions we can’t always explain.

But that doesn’t mean every stab in the dark is the right one. Since this is one of the most critical decisions you’ll ever make (along with that relationship one), we decided to show you ways to harness your intuitive powers, interpret your “inner voice,” and steer your sixth sense toward finding the right home for you.

Set the intention

One way to involve your

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For sale? Company lets you make offers on any home

It's called Proffer, short for pre-offer, and it allows prospective buyers to make non-binding offers on homes which aren't even up for sale.
It’s called Proffer, short for pre-offer, and it allows prospective buyers to make non-binding offers on homes which aren’t even up for sale.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Say you’re looking to move- you find the perfect house in the perfect location, but it isn’t for sale.

A new company, who just opened their second location in the Portland area, says it can help.

It’s called Proffer, short for pre-offer, and it allows prospective buyers to make non-binding offers on homes which aren’t even up for sale.

Company President Jay Belson says he believes this a modernized take on real estate, and it helps both buyers and sellers.

“We want everyone to be able to buy and sell real estate at

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How the Fast-Casual Boom Is Changing the Restaurant Real Estate Game

Competition is fierce for restaurant real estate all across the country. But one type of restaurant space has proven particularly elusive: one with a small-ish footprint that’s ideal for fast-casual dining. Everyone from national chains to locally owned fast-casuals to independent restaurateurs seeks out these types of spaces, ranging from about 1,500 to 2,500 square feet — imagine a Chipotle or a Chop’t. In Portland, Oregon, where local fast-casual concepts like Lardo and Little Big Burger have sprung up in recent years, restaurateurs call the offices of the brokerage firm Urban Works three to four times a day asking for second-generation restaurant spaces about that same size.

The fast-casual boom has driven lease rates for these spaces to astounding levels nationwide.

The hunt is just as difficult in Washington, DC. Two years ago, when chef Mike Isabella was looking to expand his popular sandwich shop G, competition for

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