While much of the United States has been in the grip of a polar vortex recently, that doesn’t mean that we are doomed to eternal winter — even if it feels like it when you’re shoveling or waiting for your car to warm up. Before too long, it will be time to start thinking about the summer entertaining season. That means cookouts, potlucks, cocktail parties, graduation parties, and of course celebrating holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
Most cities, small and large, are experiencing steadily increasing rent prices. Very few locales have rent control in places, and it seems the ones that do still somehow find the loopholes to ignore it. San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles have witnessed phenomenal jumps in the cost of rent over the past five years.