Archive for City Life

The Joy of Buying Locally

Buying locally is a great way to protect the vitality of your community. But should you feel “joy” in doing so? That’s your call but I can tell you that the impact on our communities from growth in local business sectors is so essential to our quality of life, that when it works, “joy” is

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Supporting New Urbanism and the Question of Moving

So let’s say you live in one of those cul-de-sacs that are such a no-no in the new urbanism movement. Does that mean you have to consider moving to practice what you preach as a new urbanism convert? Of course not. While a McMansion on a cul-de-sac doesn’t appeal to me anyhow, personally I would

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Urban Farming No Longer a Fad

I’ve been reading a lot lately about urban farming and the dream of consuming locally grown food.  Of course I like the idea but struggled with the notion that this was more a fad than a way of life. My question has always been around the issue of sufficiency.  There doesn’t seem to be enough

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Music and Food – The Spice of Life

I haven’t posted in the longest time and I apologize for that.  With one child at college, the other in high school, my job and business in over drive, and the beautiful city I live in giving me much to do, I haven’t had the time to share. I’m correcting that today. I just got

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Urban Agriculture

Listen to this podcast from CBC Radio as host Jane Hawtin talks to Rhonda Teitel-Payne a representative with the urban agricultural group Stop Community Food Centre (if the page is updated look for the Thursday, February 5 Metro Morning Podcast – “Local Food Forum”). This organization focuses on helping urban residents to grow and eat

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The Joys of Urban Life

So often “urban” is likened to all that is gritty, crime ridden and conjested.  Unfortunately that’s a label applied usually by those who have never lived in and enjoyed a thriving urban lifestyle. New urbanism is one of those movements that reminds us of the gifts we already have – like the joy of conversation

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Autumn in New York via the Internet

This morning I woke up to a voice that brought to mind all the perceptions and ideals that I have around the city of New York.  My husband was listening to an audio visual presentation that was part of this morning’s Internet issue of the New York Times. It was another great clip from “On

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The Joys of Urban Life

There are days when I enjoy having the countryside nearby and the quietness of suburban life.  There are other days when I miss the years my husband and I lived smack dab in the center of a large urban city.  Luckily I have a foot in both worlds right now. “This city is what it

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The Great Downtown Migration is Happening

I just read an article that hit on so many real-life issues affecting so many of us, that I had to put up a blog post about it. Journalist and new urbanist, Alan Ehrenhalt published an article that every rural resident, suburban and city dweller should read. The rising cost of fuel, changing demographics, our

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Model City for Healthy Living – Manhattan

On August 9 the big apple took on some responsibility for pushing the green agenda and new urbanism by banning cars along seven miles of streets through the heart of the city. This is part of the city’s Summer Streets program.  Feedback from pedestrians (including a video) was provided on the Cool Town Studios website

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