Category for 2013 Spring

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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When EveryBlock is not enough: Making local news work

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

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

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!

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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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