Mobile Junction November 26, 2008

CASSIE HEWLINGS/The Daily Sentinel
The energy boom has helped Grand Junction rank among the 10 strongest housing markets, according to a housing Web site.

GJ a top-10 housing market in Housing Predictor list

• Grand Junction came in seventh in the top 10 real estate markets for 2008 by Housing Predictor, a Web site that provides housing forecasts for 250 markets nationwide.
Cities ranked in the top 10 bucked national trends and showed strong sales and home value appreciation, said. The cities are also predicted to continue as strong markets in the future.
Grand Junction is the only city in Colorado with a housing market projected to grow, according to the Web site, which predicts 4 percent growth in this area for the year.
Other top-10 markets are Biloxi, Miss., Salem, Ore., Bismarck, N.D.,  Spokane and Yakima in Washington, Austin, Texas, Fargo, N.D., Mobile, Ala., and Albuquerque, N.M.

Flaming progress of limousine conversion chronicled online

• Local fire spinning troupe the Burning Desert Fire Collective is outfitting a limousine that will be more mobile dance party than car when done.
The collective has chronicled conversion on its blog,
Black Betty, as the blog says the limo was christened, sports a matte black paint job, tinted windows and — what else? —flames painted down the side. Other unique features include a dance platform on top of the car and possibly a mobile DJ booth in the trunk.
The collective will perform in the Grand Junction parade of lights on Dec. 6.

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