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Don't Judge the Town by Its Houses

Anyone who loves bungalows, lofts, Craftsmans, live/works, row houses and any other type of pre 1950’s suburbia style homes often learns that in small towns or less hot neighborhoods, they will find their perfect home, but without the big city and...

Posted November 29, 2014    

Could Sliding Scale Home Purchases Work?

There is a host of calculators out there for people to use to calculate how much home they can afford. Put in the affordable amount and you can discover exactly what level of house you can afford. What if that magic number was the only number...

Posted November 26, 2014    

Inspiring People: Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan

For women who are either active or have a strong interest in politics, being able to see women in leadership is reassuring. Now, not all women have policies I agree with or advocate. Yet, it’s great to know that it’s possible for women to be in...

Posted November 21, 2014    

Finding the Lines

Once upon a time, the Home Owners Loan Corporation, the New Deal era agency that refinanced struggling mortgages. graded neighborhoods based on race, country of origin and other more practical and less discriminatory methods. This practice,...

Posted November 18, 2014    

Suburbs of Survival

What if you didn’t have a house to live in? What if the only house you could live in at the present moment was not a shack, but had running water and electricity and a loving parent to make sure you wake up every morning even though your routine is...

Posted November 13, 2014    

Inspiring People: Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of the New York Parks Department

You know how you admire someone’s work from afar for years, hear all kinds of wonderful things about them, meet them once, and twice and over and over, and continue to learn more? That’s how I feel about the inspiring person I’ve chosen for this...

Posted November 11, 2014    

Is There Really Nothing for Young Black Professionals to Do in North Carolina?

We’ve all said it, that there’s nothing to do for black folks, certain black folks of a younger and more prosperous persuasion, in our  North Carolina cities. Lately, those fears were stroked by this article, by Jarvis Holliday, in this...

Posted November 6, 2014    

The Death and Life of Malls, a Video Reflection

So we’ve spent all week talking about the nature of retail. Yet, today’s videos represent how much retail is a cycle, where America has led the way in sprawl, yet is now realizing why it’s not such a good idea. The first video is a montage of...

Posted May 28, 2014    

Putting Place and Experience Back Into Retail

Templestowe Farmers Market via Wikimedia CommonsPlacemaking is not just creating experiences, but pushing for necessary services and goods to be purchased as close as possible to home. What kind of places then, do we all want to shop at, at least...

Posted May 24, 2014    

The Department Store of the Amazon and New Urbanist Age

Coming to the end of the maze that is IKEA. Satisfied and with a full yellow bag. And yes, it’s blurry on purpose. Tell me I’m not wrong for feeling this way at the end of an IKEA trip. Image by the author.As of this writing, I’ve just learned that...

Posted May 22, 2014    

Malls and Main Streets: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Say the words mall and main street and two very different images come up. I’m going to guess the former image involves neon signs, fountains and Sbarro, while the latter may also include a fountain, but a barber pole and Sheriff Andy Taylor. Well,...

Posted May 20, 2014    

Wait, That's Really a House?

Via WikimediaMy dad and I used to talk about how he was going to make himself an office in his backyard shed. He’d made a good amount of money putting electricity in other people’s dutch barns and other iterations of storage sheds/backyard workshops...

Posted May 17, 2014