Come on out to the Playground

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We’re collecting great ideas for neighborhoods all around on our Tumblr, NEIGHBORISTA! Playground.
The ideas come from everywhere. An urban orchard in Seattle. Curated street art in Brooklyn. A play space in Rotterdam. Ideas that are simple, or far-fetched, or simply fantastic. No matter …

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April 27th is Neighborday. Want to get involved?


For us at NEIGHBORISTA! every day is Neighborday, of course. But the good folks at GOOD — an online community network dedicated to building collaborative tools for positive social change — are hoping to encourage stratospheric levels of neighborliness this Saturday, April 27, with a …

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When EveryBlock is not enough: Making local news work

By smohundro, creative commons

Even as ambitious nationwide hyperlocal news projects collapse, small sites are staying competitive at delivering the local goods. Here’s why.
If 2007 was the bubble year for hyperlocal news with startups like EveryBlock and Patch promising to revolutionize how we learn about what’s going on outside …

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The sanctuary of neighborhood bars: Talking with Rosie Schaap

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NEIGHBORISTA! talks with “Drinking with Men” author Rosie Schaap about the enduring qualities of the local watering hole.
“You can drink at home. A bar gives you relief from isolation. When you are a regular, it gives you a community too.” So writes author, bartender, This American …

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Discovering Logan Square

My introduction to Logan Park started with a stroll down Milwaukee Avenue. The illuminated sign of a <a href="" target="_blank">recently restored art deco movie theater</a> shares its name with the park after which the neighborhood was named.

After spending most of my life in different parts of North Carolina, in the beginning of 2013 I moved to Chicago and found a place to live in the Logan Square neighborhood. I didn’t seek out this neighborhood, but I found a place to rent …

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Neighbor baker: Winston-Salem’s Yay Snacks!


I sat down with my friend and neighbor Jelaina Frelitz to talk about how marvelous she is. Also her bakery business, Yay Snacks, which she runs out of the Sunnyside neighborhood of Winston-Salem, NC.
In 2010, Jelaina  and her dude, Ryan Pritts, bought two houses on a …

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Dinner and a movie, Lawrenceville style


A “gentrification farce,” Progression follows a group of urbanites navigating love and heartbreak on the night of the annual progressive dinner in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. Gab Cody wrote and directed this feature-length comedy with her partner, Sam Turich. He also helped her write about making a …

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Spring 2013


Spring has returned, and so has NEIGHBORISTA! Our new issue brings pleasures gustatory, cinematic, and journalistic, among others.
Gab Cody, with help from Sam Turich, writes about making a movie that builds its story on a real-life  progressive dinner that’s been an annual event for 27 years …

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New issue coming spring 2013!


We’re hard at work on some new stories for the coming months. Got ideas about topics you’d like to see? Want to submit a tale from your own creative community? Get in touch with us at howdy [at] We’d love to hear from you.
Meanwhile, …

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Community’s got talent!

Stage C

Denver’s Stage C produces a not-your-garden-variety variety show. Could your neighborhood do it too?

Think talent show, and you may flashback to a grade school auditorium watching pianists dutifully pecking out show tunes or breakdancers performing amazing pops and locks. A show can do more than …

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