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The Undercover Mother

Deborah Gaines | Posted 02.04.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

Here in the suburbs, I meet middle-aged people who feel they've sacrificed their "real" selves for a deadening life of Subarus and softball practice. Frankly, I can't relate to these complaints. Take it from someone who knows: It's not that hard to stay poor or make stupid decisions about your relationships.

Saying Thank You to Those Who Support Detroit

Geoff Young | Posted 01.23.2012 | Detroit
Geoff Young

It's time to end this fighting about ownership of Detroit and its future. The more we fight amongst ourselves, the more ownership we all have in the negative image of the city.

Who Is a Real Detroiter? We All Are

Dean P. Simmer | Posted 01.23.2012 | Detroit
Dean P. Simmer

There isn't a reason to battle over who will save Detroit. The reality is that we all need each other. Why do I have to choose between the suburbs and the city?

Pacific Standard Time At LACMA: The Untold Story

Harris Silver | Posted 01.22.2012 | Home
Harris Silver

Pacific Standard Time is a sprawling cultural initiative with 68 major museum shows and 125 gallery exhibitions including California Design 1930-1965: 'Living in a Modern Way.'

I'm A Detroiter Too: A Response

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.22.2012 | Detroit
Rabbi Jason Miller

There is certainly a revival in the Motor City and we should all be excited about the possibilities. But I want to caution Toby Barlow and anyone who believes that to be part of the renaissance one has to relocate to Downtown Detroit.

Middle-Class Jobs Disappearing In Workforce Shift: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

America is increasingly becoming a place of high- and low-skill jobs, with less room available for a middle class. A new report from the Federal R...

Local Pro Sports Should Showcase Local Music

Ben E. Kessler | Posted 12.19.2011 | DC
Ben E. Kessler

If you've attended a D.C.-area sporting event with me in recent years, you've heard a familiar refrain a number of times. Our teams need to play more music born of our city: both past and present.

Peter S. Goodman

"Everyone Is Hurting:" In American Suburbs, Poverty Soars

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.25.2012 | Business

EDGEWATER, Colo. -- Before the unraveling, Selena Blanco and her family felt secure in their hold on middle class life in this bedroom community just ...

Saki Knafo

Levittown: The Baby Boomer Story As Told By The Children Of America's First Suburb

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty

In 1946, a developer named William Levitt began buying up land from potato farmers in the Long Island town of Hempstead, N.Y., and within a few years ...

Suburbs With The Highest Poverty Rates

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.23.2011 | Business

Suburbs have long been associated with white picket fences and manicured lawns. But for many living in suburbia today, the reality is much bleaker. ...

Long Live... Suburbia!

Tanja M. Laden | Posted 11.21.2011 | Books
Tanja M. Laden

2011-09-21-Screenshot20110921at3.31.42PM.jpg The kids in Live... Suburbia! all know what it's like to be raised in a community that's neither rural nor urban, but a world unto itself.

American Dream Still Includes Home Ownership, But Not McMansions

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

Americans have been skittish about buying new houses since the collapse of the real estate bubble. But they remain committed to the idea of home owner...

The New Neighborhood Is in the City

Jennifer Gennari | Posted 09.24.2011 | San Francisco
Jennifer Gennari

Suburbs are so twentieth century -- this is the metropolitan century in which large urban areas are flourishing economically and socially.

Chicago Changes Colors

Zack Isaacs | Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

It's the new Great Migration: black Chicagoans are "relocating" to the southern suburbs. But it's much bigger than a residential issue. Chicago is not what it used to be -- and I think I know the reason why.

Village Green: How to Tell if Development Is Good for the Environment

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 09.04.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

You have probably wondered whether or not a proposal for new development in your community was a good idea. A Citizen's Guide to LEED for Neighborhood Development is a hands-on introduction to just that.

Why Adults Ignore Underage Drinking And Other Stories

Linda Flanagan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda Flanagan

Rather than fight it, many parents have raised the white flag and allowed their underage children to drink at home. What's more, some parents, advertently or not, supply their kids with booze.

Suburbia's Disastrously High Unemployment Rate

The New Republic | Emily Garr | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business

In the three years since the recession began the number of unemployed in the nation increased by 90 percent, or 6.6 million people. As our latest geog...

Happiness Research Ranks Commuting Low: My Car-free Commute (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kirsten Dirksen

The rewards associated with longer commutes -- a bigger house, a higher salary or better schools -- don't fully compensate for the sacrifices we end up making by working so far from home.

William Alden

Oil Prices Raise Cost Of Homeownership, Threatening Housing Recovery

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- As unrest in the Middle East shows little sign of cooling, the price of a barrel of oil continues to climb, raising transportation and hea...

Village Green: New Report Shows How Smart Land Planning Helps Prosperity

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Cities investing in public transportation and downtown development are experiencing cost savings, growing tax revenues, increased property values and booming retail sales.

Village Green: A Pedestrian Braves the Challenges of Sprawl

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

  Designer/educator Christine Franck and I travel in some of the same urbanist circles.  Recently she was a visiting profess...

How Will Suburban Schools Handle the New Influx of Immigrants?

Sarah Garland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sarah Garland

In the next 20 years, the schools in need of the most help may not be the schools in inner cities like Newark or Detroit. Instead, they may be in far-flung suburbs and exurbs where immigrants are flocking.

Chicago Debates -- The Malling of Chicago

Edward Lifson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edward Lifson

Is Chicago becoming the "Suburb of the Century" in the twenty-first? Are big box retailers eating up our neighborhoods? If you care about our city, be a part of the debate.

Thanksgiving in Five Points: Poverty and Plenty

Weston Gentry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Weston Gentry

Poverty is the biggest problem in my neighborhood. In fact, it's a problem in all of Denver. This reality really hit home when I happened upon two Latino mothers foraging in the dumpsters behind my house.

On the Necessity of a GBF

Sarah Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Sarah Rose

I love my gay best friend, not least because he has the same plumbing and wiring as the men I date. It's not a bad idea to have someone on call who has deep technical knowledge -- it's like calling AppleCare.