Category for 2012 Summer

Community’s got talent!

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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Looks like y’all aren’t from around here

Living abroad for almost two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer has taught me a lot about having and being a good neighbor.
Living abroad in a small Azerbaijani town for nearly two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer has taught me a lot about how having and …

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Do it with friends

If you are doing household tasks, you may as well do them with friends.  It’s a simple concept of friends helping friends, so no need to make it too stressful or complicated.
We have these friends, Mike and Sarah Wolff, who are DIY SuperStars. Not only …

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So you want to start a listserv

So, you’re ready for the useful insanity of the listserv. Now what?
You’ve read our piece about The useful insanity of the listserv. You’ve been hearing your friends across the country talk about the things happening on their listservs. You’ve decided that it’s time for your …

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Sanborn Maps: Your neighborhood’s history in pastel

With these maps you can see for yourself what your neighborhood looked like for the generations who have preceded you.

Every neighborhood seems to have one: that older man or woman who grew up in the neighborhood, who knows everybody’s name, and who is really the …

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Tarbert: a village vacation

The layers of human existence in ready evidence are among the things I love most about Scotland — these neighborhoods are long occupied.
 
Liz and I were sitting on a bench along the main drag the other day when she noticed a woman seated nearby talking …

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Found: Dog

Life on the street is impossible and unsafe for a domestic animal. If you’re able to give some days or weeks of comfort and love to a lost or homeless dog, the dog’s life is made better by it.

The Sunnyside neighborhood of Winston-Salem, NC, where …

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House love, in Charles Village and on the road

Writer and teacher Ron Tanner found his dream house in a great Baltimore neighborhood. The only problem was that it was in terrible shape, full of garbage, and condemned by the city.
 
In 1999, writer and teacher Ron Tanner found the kind of house that …

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Making playborhoods: A conversation with Mike Lanza

The neighborhood is the only place where truly free play can happen. 
When he was growing up, Mike Lanza says, “Kids sort of made the neighborhood. They took the lead. They got to know other kids, and they were the social lubricant for the whole neighborhood.” But …

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Unsubtle signs of the Upper East sidewalk

Hey, Mr. Dog, I’m trying to become a tulip here. You gotta problem with that?
 
One thing New Yorkers excel at is letting you know how they feel. You’re never left wondering what someone (or something) is thinking. They’re gonna let you know — for certain — …

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