Archive for October 2007

New Businesses Bring Stability to Neighborhoods

For many of us, the decision to move to an older neighborhood is due to: Affordability – in some cities, older urban homes cost less than new homes (especially if you are in a city where foreclosures are the talk of the day – not good news for some, but opportunities for others). Activism –

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Be a Tourist in Your Own City

It seems that each time I visit another city someone is able to point out to me yet another site or fact about my home town that I was unaware of!  That tells me that I’m not taking the time to appreciate what is in my own community.  With that in mind I thought I’d

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What Happened at the Bioneers Conference?

The Bioneers Conference was an exceptional experience and coming together of some of our country’s most innovative leaders, thinkers and advocates for green, sustainable living. I took my teenaged son out of school for a couple of days to feed his interest around environmental activism and to widen my horizons around the important communitiy issues

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When a Car is Needed – Drive Green, Drive Hybrid

New urbanists promote walkable communities that cut down on vehicle pollution. But what about those times when the car is needed for an event or when (God forbid) public transit is not available to get you to distant locations? Obviously we drive when we need to and for many of us that is every day. 

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More Urbanites Buying into Local Food Trend

On our Green Living page and in a previous post I discussed the positive impact on our environment of buying locally grown food. A recent feature by environment reporter Catherine Porter with the Toronto Star newspaper stated that 91 percent of people in that paper’s province (Ontario) would buy locally grown food if they could

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Making our Busiest Cities More Walkable

The city of Toronto is currently hosting an international conference on walking.  That’s the first I’ve heard of this event called “Walk21”.  This is great news for new urbanism advocates who work tirelessly to sell the benefits of pedistrian friendly communities.  Conferences like this raise the profile on this issue and serve to encourage more developers, planners, and residents

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