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The Amazon Effect: Worshippers Flocking to Larger Churches

David Briggs | Posted 01.21.2016 | Religion
David Briggs

Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America's consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America's faithful.

Josh Zakim: The Peoples' Voice

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Stacey Alcorn

What does it take to carry a deeply passionate responsibility for retaining the city's diversity on one's shoulders? What does it take to be a voice for so many? Here are four powerful lessons from Josh Zakim on how anyone can make a positive dent in the universe.

12 Neighborhoods Across America That Are About to Blow Up

Thrillist | Posted 12.27.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

By: Matt Meltzer Credit: Dan Gentile/Thrillist It's about time we retired the phrase "The Brooklyn" of anywhere, right? First, because most pe...

The Gun at the Gate and the Children Beyond

Eunice Roque | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Eunice Roque

A middle-class American family living in a secluded suburban neighborhood feels the need to post a menacing, fulminating sign on the gate to their children's playground and home.

Napa Valley's Hidden Gems: Food, Ambiance, and Architecture

David Code | Posted 12.18.2015 | Travel
David Code

For many people, Napa=Wine. But for us, Napa=food, ambiance, and architecture. You have a lot to look forward to when you visit.

Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods: Building Blocks For The Future Of America's Cities

Frank Islam | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business
Frank Islam

There is an old player on the block with a new financing vehicle that is increasing the range of choices available to close that gap -- not only for American kids but for all who live, work, play and do business in those neighborhoods.

A Message From Your Muslim Neighbors

Melody Moezzi | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

It's much easier to fear and hate the unknown, so we wanted to be sure that we were known as your Muslim neighbors -- not because we think it should matter, but because we think it shouldn't.

We Want More Walkable Neighborhoods -- but Can Our Communities Deliver?

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

More and more of us want to be within safe and comfortable walking distance of the destinations that meet our everyday needs, such as shops, places to eat, services, parks, and good transportation options that can take us downtown and to jobs and other places we want to go. It's the hottest trend in real estate, sought by buyers and renters alike.

The 8 Best Drinking Neighborhoods In The Country

Thrillist | Posted 11.06.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

In theory, ANY neighborhood can be a drinking neighborhood provided you have a few bucks and a flask and/or paper bag. But what separates the truly special, worthy of capitalization Drinking Neighborhoods from the neighborhoods in which you just happen to be drinking?

Perplexed in Pawtucket: For One Neighborhood, the Name's the Gamesmanship.

Eric McAfee | Posted 10.28.2015 | Travel
Eric McAfee

The residents of Oak Hill may still claim a Pawtucket postal address, but it's apparent that's not the brand they seek for themselves. (Or at least whoever made the decision to furnish a certain intersection with a misleading sign.)

How The Location Of Your Home Affects Your Health

The Huffington Post | Joann Pan | Posted 10.01.2015 | OWN

You live: Well above sea level What the research says: High-altitude living could lead to a leaner physique. People who lived at sea level were up t...

The Dyett Hunger Strikers and Julius Rosenwald

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.02.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Rosenwald was a corporate magnate at Sears Roebuck in Chicago. But his greatest contribution to American life was as a philanthropist. Rosenwald seeded the development of more than 5,300 schools in rural African-American communities throughout the South.

Monetizing Neighborliness

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 08.31.2015 | Technology
Lee-Sean Huang

Apps like eNeighbr are seductive in their seamlessness, but do they encourage the kind of community that we want to live in?

Where Are the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.13.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Safety is a huge concern when new families choose where to live. Based on some recently published data on crime rates by the FBI, ValuePenguin deter...

From Pineapples To Acorns: How These 8 Countries Will Welcome You To The Neighborhood

Posted 08.18.2015 | HuffPost Home

Remember that gluten-free muffin basket your neighbor brought by when you moved into your new home? Little did you know, that little gesture belongs t...

The World's Most Hipster 'Hoods

SmarterTravel | Posted 08.05.2015 | HuffPost Home
SmarterTravel

We love hipsters. Yes, they're easy to make fun of (seriously, glasses without lenses?), but they also tend to attract cool things to their neighborhoods. Here are 10 painfully hipster 'hoods around the world -- add them to your list for the epic people-watching, organic food, obscure cafes, and fun bars.

The Brooklyn Of Every State

Thrillist | Posted 07.28.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

Though pockets of it are still holding strong, most of Brooklyn has been swept by a sea of trilby-wearing millennials with waxed beards, who just wanna give back to the neighborhood with an artisanal dog treat shop, you know?

A Much-Needed Alternative to Youth Prisons

Shaena Fazal | Posted 07.15.2015 | Crime
Shaena Fazal

If we don't incarcerate young people in conflict with the law, what do we do with them? The answer is simple: We care for and invest in our young people; resource families and communities to safely hold youth accountable; invest in each young person's success, and; address the root causes of youth crime in the communities where the youth live, all in the context of their homes and neighborhoods.

A Photo Essay From L.A.'s Mansionization Front Lines

Jonathan Kim | Posted 07.02.2015 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

"Mansionization" is the name given to the increasingly common practice of tearing down a smaller house and building a much larger, more expensive one on the same lot, often to the detriment of next-door neighbors who suddenly find themselves deprived of sun, views, and privacy by the new mansion now looming over them.

Neighborhoods: Stepping Stones or Millstones for Kids

Frank Islam | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

In 1969, Elvis Presley had a hit song titled "In the Ghetto." The song tells the heartbreaking story of a child born to grow-up, live and die a violent death trapped in a neighborhood and a cycle of poverty from which he couldn't escape.

How to Make Smart Growth More Lovable and Sustainable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

The smart growth characteristics of these older neighborhoods make them terrific for the environment and for public health: they reduce transportation emissions by obviating driving trips and shortening those that people do take; they save land by keeping development compact and obviating additional increments of sprawl; they promote physical fitness and health with walkability.

Small Batch

Joel Judd | Posted 06.03.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

Colorado's just concluded 2015 legislature did its best to improve life for the drinking class and those who serve us; addressing, for example, the lapsed license quandary.

The Sound and the Fury

Leigh Flayton | Posted 06.02.2015 | New York
Leigh Flayton

On most weekdays, I wake to the noise of a traffic cop constantly blowing his whistle while cars navigating seemingly endless construction lay on their horns.

A Place to Start -- Right Here, Right Now

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Cornelia Seigneur

With the Nepal earthquake, then the recent aftershocks, and the tornadoes in the Midwest that are causing so much devastation in the lives of so many people, we can get so overwhelmed. What can we do? Where can we help? Is there a way to make a difference?

Neighborhood "Exit Strategies" Are Incomplete

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

We have heard a lot in the last couple of weeks about the impact neighborhoods may have on the outcomes of children who grow up in them. New research reinforces the idea that neighborhoods do matter.