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Community Profile: Angus Glen

Today I received a newsletter announcing that one of my favorite communities, Angus Glen, was recently awarded the “Places to Grow Community of the Year” award from the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) in Toronto. As you know I’m not a fan of developer- or planner-speak, so I’m going to break down what

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Neighborhood Impressions

Think about your childhood, your college years, your first apartment…your first love. Of course people make the memory but wouldn’t you say the “place”…the neighborhood in which these hings occurred is integral to your experience and memories? That warm sense of “place” is a vital aspect of new urbanism that for me resonates most with

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Neighborly Chat – Try It

Are you one of those people who run hurriedly into the house/car/garage the minute you glance your neighbor next door? It’s okay to admit your neighbor phobia because of course you’re not alone. But really do you think it would be that bad if you were to stop and talk for a minute? I’m not

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New Urban Mom Podcast Show 10 – A Visionary Builder

Eat local, protect our green spaces, stop urban sprawl, rebuild our cities, drive less, work closer to home (or at home) – are all buzz words today that are making front page headlines in most major news papers across America. Listen in to today’s show as we talk to one of the leaders in the

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Squirrel Man’s Wife

My husband is following me on my journey to being green in our new urbanism community, but he is no treehugger…yet. That’s why I was excited (at least initially) with his developing interest in our “wild life.” I don’t know if it has to do with hitting the big “40” (a little while ago) but

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What Does Home Mean to You?

With all the talk and angst around the economy and specifically around the housing market I thought I’d share some information about a new book coming out this month that for me celebrates the notion of what a home means to a person, a family – a life. Can you imagine as a parent of

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The Sunday Recharge

We’ve had rain the last couple days and like most mornings following a rainy evening, it was slightly misty and very quiet and still outside. Usually the birds are up with me (5:00 a.m.) but this morning they seemed to be sleeping in. By about 5:45 their chirps became a little more frequent. For an

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Buying and Selling vs. Buying and Living

Well now that so many homeowners have over renovated and over purchased, the housing market bust is doing a couple things for us. It’s bringing prices back down to the chagrin of many who paid too much but to the great joy of those who can now ENTER the housing market or finally move to

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Tax Season Bright Spot: Home-office Deductions

I’m a happy camper. According to my accountant I’ll be getting some decent money back for a change this tax season. Part of the reason for that is I’ve finally decided to itemize deductions for my home office. If you manage a business at home either full time or after your full time job as

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