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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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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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Parade the Fourth

Durham’s best Fourth of July parade is a neighborhood affair.

Our neighborhood July Fourth parade started way back in the 1950s and is now the oldest and best parade in the city. Today several hundred people came out to walk, stroll, bike and spectate while wearing …

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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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No fences, good neighbors

“When the fences are up, you tend to hide in your garden from the other people. That is no longer possible here.” “Our lives are intertwined.” Does this sound good to you and your neighbors? Then read on. A recent article at the Wall …

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Learn to share

Skillshare screenshot

A post at Shelterrific pointed out a great way to share some skills with your neighbors: Skillshare. It’s an online catalog of workshops and classes taught by local folks on a wide variety of topics — crafts, cooking, business skills, Web tech, etc. You can …

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Dogs saving neighborhoods

Photo by flickr user Ollie Crafoord

Was it the adaptive use of commercial/industrial buildings or urban pioneering dogs that created a neighborhood in Downtown LA? A post up at The Atlantic Cities looks at the question.
“Downtown, dogs and their owners have become a crucial component of the rebounding neighborhood’s culture. . …

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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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The corner library

“A few years ago libraries were riding high. . . . The last few years have seen the emergence of myriad mini, pop-up, guerilla and ad-hoc libraries, which are part of the phenomenon that Mimi Zeiger, in her Interventionist’s Toolkit series for this journal, calls …

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Won’t you be my neighbor?

I don’t expect my neighborhood to be the land of make-believe. What matters to me is that it feels like a real place, a place I’m a part of and that I care about, a place that feels like home.

hen I was growing up in …

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