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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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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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Your friendly neighborhood magician

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Mike Lanza of Playborhood has a great post up about their neighborhood magician. Hugh is a neighbor and professional magician who is more than willing to share his talents from time to time. Because Mike has given over his front yard to be a neighborhood …

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It’s all about the people

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A promo video (via CoolTown Studios) about a redeveloped mill in Charlotte NC caught my eye. Turns out that the best part of the video is about the surrounding neighborhood, not the mill. The developers worked closely with the Greenville neighborhood, a tight-knit, historically black neighborhood. It …

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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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The Clothesline Lady

“Hi. I am one person who often does the clothesline thing in the hood. I would be happy to show you my collection of clothes lines.”

had seen her mentioned on the listserv — “the clothesline lady,” a neighbor who knew all about line drying and …

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Neighborhood Nellie Bly scores scoops

What does a kid-run community newspaper supply that your average neighborhood newsletter doesn’t? Mainly, it’s a matter of perspective and vitality. Eleven-year-old Lucy (aka Lucy Goose) Newsom

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