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Market Cities to Graduates

Hey there grand (but struggling) U.S. city with multiple colleges and universities in your midst, what are you doing to help keep in your cities those smart young people graduating from your schools? My daughter Hannah is about to graduate from a school in Cleveland, Ohio and then she’ll be leaving the state to return

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Plan Your Garden

Last week Trish Lindemood responded to my questions about my garden bed by posing a few of her own on HomeFarmAndGarden.com as part of our cross-blog conversation. Her questions were the kind of fundamental questions that we all should ask and answer for ourselves. The answers will hopefully help you to plan your garden for

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A Cross Blog Conversation about Spring Gardening

Last year I didn’t do much in the garden. We were still spending the majority of our time at my parent’s home, helping my father to deal with the recent loss of my mother. After a year of grieving, I’m happy to be back at our home and putting our energy back into our little

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Small Backyard Summer Plans

Living in the northeast, but being a sun bird at heart, I love and treasure the spring and summer seasons.  This year as part of my plans for enjoying every second of heat the season offers, I’m planning a little sanctuary in our small backyard. While our back yard is small, it’s square in shape

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Effective Crusading for New Urbanism

Toronto is one of the busiest metropolitan regions in the world yet it has one of the most under-built transit systems for a city its size – and growing. Today’s post features a journalist who’s a known local crusader for new urbanism ideals. He provides practical (and visual) insight into the issues and strategies for

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Caribbean Indulgence

Since we’re in the midst of winter I thought I’d indulge myself with some pictures from a country I love to visit. Jamaica. It’s also the birthplace of my parents and where we sent my home for her final rest after her sad and unexpected death last year (cancer is a terrible, terrible thing). One

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Residents Who Choose to Invest in Cities

We’re in the midst of a movement designed to encourage businesses and the government to make strategic investments in urban centers to help make our cities the regional economic drivers they were designed to be. But when it comes to the residents who will actually be living and personally “investing” in cities, I think we

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Big Ideas for Small Cities

Guest Blog Post By Amy McGinnis I’m a mom of two, passionate cyclist and locavore, and can’t remember a time when the philosophy and principles of New Urbanism didn’t feel like self-evident truths to me – certainly I was a believer long before I knew it existed as an actual Concept. I also love to

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The Year-Round Challenge of Urban Agriculture

I read a post on a blog recently that raised concerns about the real practicality of urban agriculture. The writer’s main criticism focused on the following: Urban farms look pretty in the summer/fall but in the winter the plots will simply look like vacant lots. The last thing struggling urban economies need is vacant lots

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It’s Very Cool to Go Local

I can’t recall when in recent memory there has been such a concerted effort to build up the local economy. The teetering global economy no doubt has a lot to do with this trend. While being interconnected on a global scale has done amazing things to raise awareness about the needs of our human community,

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