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7 Life-Changing Ways to Maintain Your Vacation Buzz

Tracy Dungo | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Tracy Dungo

Pull from the bliss you have at the beach and bring back a slice of that perspective to your everyday life. Here are seven ways to mix the hustle with the happy and take on the city life with an island mentality:

The Best State Capitals to Live in for 2015 | Posted 11.18.2015 | Good News

What's your favorite state capital? Those who like sunshine might say Phoenix or Santa Fe. Mile High Denver might be the preferred choice of mountaineers and skiers, while sailors might love Annapolis. College football fans, meanwhile, could favor Madison or Austin (depending on their allegiances). And, of course, it's hard for anyone to argue against a week (or two) in Honolulu.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXVI - STOP!

Alan Black | Posted 11.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

John escapes from the rehab nuthouse. Vanishes down the lane, straight to the bar stool. They thought I'd be a prisoner, he says. I hand him a Tecat...

Mining the States of City Minds

John O'Kane | Posted 10.28.2015 | Los Angeles
John O'Kane

The decade of the 1960s was rife with experiments in journalism, "new" forms of writing that upgraded conventional journalism.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXXI - Thinks

Alan Black | Posted 10.26.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

He sweeps the bar. I wipe the tables. Then grab the padlocks, lock the doors and think, how did I end up here? We walk around the street market at 3 a.m., under the hum of lampposts, thinking about what to do next. We share a flask of whisky.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXXV - I Have a Bad Feeling About This

Alan Black | Posted 10.05.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I tell the doorman. I have a bad feeling about tonight. Soon, the twisted is spotted. His face barrels evil. This one with a mustache, most menacing.

The World's Most Expensive Cities to Live in Are...

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 10.02.2015 | HuffPost Home
Conde Nast Traveler

by Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler Courtesy Four Seasons ...not necessarily what you would expect. A new report by Swiss bank UBS breaks ...

Notes From a Dive Bar XXIX

Alan Black | Posted 09.10.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

I head to work, a little drunk, a little high, what other job allows you to do that? Maybe an airline pilot, I don't know. The sidewalks sizzle. Look who's here? A mermaid lying on the ground outside the bar. Her eyes swimming.

Notes From a Dive Bar XXVIII

Alan Black | Posted 09.09.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

The old English dude, his arms have badly drawn tattoos on them, sailor type things, fading anchors, he sinks deep in his Guinness, and yells out, "You wanker!" at no one in particular.

Thinking Of Moving? Here Are Some Cities You May Want To Avoid

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics

If you're looking for the right place to settle down, the possibilities can be dizzying. The good news is that the personal finance site WalletHub re...

Embarrassed By My Parents

Elli Thompson Purtell | Posted 08.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Elli Thompson Purtell

When my parents visit Chicago, they often make fun of themselves for being the "country folk" in the "big city." They've asked not entirely jokin...

Using Urban Universals to Frame City Life

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

The two photographs below say both simple and remarkable things about how urban residents interact with each other, and the streets around them.

Stereotypical New York - From the Eyes of a New Yorker

Kate Endres | Posted 06.01.2015 | New York
Kate Endres

Living in the Big Apple isn't always as glamorous as it looks, and hey, Instagram can be quite misleading at times. Do the streets actually make you feel brand new? Maybe, but if you get caught up on that feeling, you'll probably lose focus just long enough to step in something.

The Solitude of 8 Million

DeShaun Craddock | Posted 06.26.2015 | New York
DeShaun Craddock

New York City: a cacophony of activity. It's a place that never seems to slow down for anyone; it unabashedly straddles the line between order and cha...

The Worst-Designed Cities In The World

Thrillist | Posted 06.22.2015 | Travel

From sky-scraping metropoles to up-and-coming centers breaking the "large town" mold, cities come in all shapes and sizes. But with that diversity comes one simple truth: no city is perfect.

Tips for Street Harassers

David Ostow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Comedy
David Ostow

To the harassers I say: I know you're only trying to make the world a better place with your unsolicited and often grossly inappropriate comments to passersby. I know that, but a lot of people don't seem to get it. The world is changing and so must your strategy.

Jaime Lerner's Pinpricks of Change

Jared Green | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Jared Green

Jaime Lerner, one of the most influential urban leaders of our time, has written down all of his hard-earned wisdom about the city in one slim yet rich volume, Urban Acupuncture: Celebrating Pinpricks of Change that Enrich City Life.

6 People You See on an NYC Playground

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Leslie Kendall Dye

For tourists with children, I've compiled a handy pocket guide to the types you will encounter most frequently on the NYC playground. Now you will know whom to ask for a spare diaper or Kleenex. And whom you should avoid.

10 Signs You've Had Kids and Moved Out of the City

Meredith Hale | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

You put on a pair of sensible flats because the idea of trekking around the city in heels makes you want to curl up in bed and watch Orange Is the New Black. You then take off your flats, curl up in bed, and watch Orange Is the New Black.

Single in the City and Want a Dog? 10 Things to Consider Before Taking the Plunge

Jillian Fischer | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Jillian Fischer

You've been told that dogs can cure all of you're singleton problems. Like helping you attract that cute blonde you met in the dog park. Or saving you from choking on that doughnut hole so you don't die alone in your apartment. However, raising Fido in an urban environment is a lot different than in suburbia.

The Beauty of Chicago

Erin Havel | Posted 09.24.2014 | Chicago
Erin Havel

I stumbled across this beautiful time-lapse video of the city of Chicago. A freelance photographer named Max Wilson took the shots over a two year period using his Cannon camera/lenses and Emotimo equipment.

How to Make Friends on the Rapid 7 Metro: The Problems and Perks of Being a Weirdo

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 08.31.2014 | Los Angeles
Ryan Chapin Mach

Generally, there's not a lot of behavior that will faze the people on the Rapid 7 to Santa Monica, but on my commute home the other day, they proved something I'd long suspected: everybody hates a loud talker.

City Life vs. Island Life: The Best of Both Worlds

Amanda Walkins | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

Both city life and island life have their perks. I can personally recommend both, but of course, one or both may not be perfect for you. Here are my favorite aspects of each so you can decide for yourself.

A Love Letter to D.C.

Scott Shigeoka | Posted 05.04.2014 | DC
Scott Shigeoka

I don't care what anyone says but I love this city. D.C. is full of people who challenge me to think differently and inspire me to be a better person.

Sorry Neil, Rust Does, In Fact, Sleep

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 04.30.2014 | Detroit
Richey Piiparinen

The city, like the self, is constantly evolving, and the "right" to the city moves with it. The key is to find a sweet spot between too much circulation and too little.