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Super-Size My Foyer: On Size and Snark of McMansions

Kimann Schultz | Posted 06.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kimann Schultz

I came upon an article "McMansions: An Architectural Parable on the Death of the American Dream," which points to its originating article "Let Them Ea...

Suburban Blues: Memories of a Late Baby Boomer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Fifty
Tim Koechlin

We slept with our bedroom windows open and our blankets at our feet. We heard the conversations of passing teenagers and lovers through the windows, and we heard the drone and swoosh of the occasional traffic. We could hear the ballgame on someone else's radio.

Parenting Revelation: I Get to Live an American Childhood With My Kids for the First Time

Natasha Tynes | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Natasha Tynes

They say you relive your childhood when you have kids. I couldn't agree more, but in my case my mid-life childhood experience had a bit of a twist. I'm actually living an American childhood for the first time.

Did Someone Say 'Classic'? Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat Could Not Be Published Today

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.18.2014 | Comedy
Peter Mandel

You may know that Dr. Seuss's real name was Theodor Geisel. But bet you didn't know this: The Cat in the Hat could not be published today. Repeat: It couldn't make the cut.

The Official 'Are You Lost in Suburbia?' Quiz

Tracy Beckerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Tracy Beckerman

I came up with a quiz you can take to find out if you are Lost in Suburbia and, if so, just how lost you really are and what you can do about it.

13 Signs You're in a Dive Bar

Eva Moon | Posted 11.11.2013 | Comedy
Eva Moon

We may only be halfway through September, but already October beckons, along with thoughts of the beery excesses of Oktoberfest. With that in mind, I took myself to a local tavern -- in the interest of research, mind you! I

Why the Dream Has Been Deferred

Morgan Guyton | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

We do not fulfill Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream by being a people who don't say the N word or officially discriminate on racial terms. Only a culture of genuine solidarity in which we are proactively seeking the shalom of all people, and not just the purity of our nuclear families, is a culture that is living his dream.

Suburban Boredom Leads to the Arrest of a Minor

Dani Alpert | Posted 09.30.2013 | Women
Dani Alpert

Getting arrested on a sunny, but brisk, Monday afternoon on December 26th in 1983, the day after Christians celebrated the birth of the sweet baby Jesus, was not the kind of attention that I was looking for.

Suburban Dreams And Nightmares

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 07.17.2013 | Arts

By David Rosenberg What defines the American Dream? And can you find it in a suburban home? Disillusioned with her own life in the Silicon Valle...

LOOK: Amazing Sand Castle Art Is A Metaphor For The American Dream

Posted 06.26.2013 | Arts

California-born artist Chad Wright has created an unusual homage to America's sprawling suburban culture. Photo by Lynn Kloythanomsup of Archite...

Denny's: Manhattan Grand Slam

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 06.04.2013 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

That there were no Denny's in New York, even more than the absence of, say, Wal-Mart, was emblematic of our singularity. Now, there will be Denny's in Manhattan. Displaced Idahoans are dancing merrily. But how will we know when we're in America?

Shocking Number Of Suburban Residents Are Living In Poverty

CNBC | Allison Linn | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business

CNBC: Like many Americans who move to the suburbs, Tara Simons came to West Hartford, Conn., because she wanted her daughter to grow up in a nice, s...

Looking for Suburbia

Jessica Yang | Posted 05.11.2013 | Teen
Jessica Yang

There's a cliché that says that you don't know what you've lost until you've lost it. I'm about to graduate high school and I'll leave the town that I've lived in for most of my life behind. For the first time, I feel sadness -- not the sense of relief I thought I'd be feeling.

15 Tips to Help Moms Survive in the Suburbs

Jenny Isenman | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Jenny Isenman

Nearly a decade ago, I moved to the suburbs from NYC. In that time I've learned some pretty important things to ensure my survival, nay, my sanity.

How Cars Drove the American Dream to Nowhere, U.S.A.

The Crimson White | Posted 09.18.2012 | College
The Crimson White

In my opinion America's infatuation with cars has produced an even more devastating consequence: the degradation and demoralization of civic life in our towns and cities.

Turning a Blind Eye to Underage Drinking

Linda Flanagan | Posted 07.23.2012 | Parents
Linda Flanagan

Just as Twitter and Facebook enabled young revolutionaries to gather together for instant protests, social media has helped modern kids mobilize promptly against snooping grown-ups.

Making The Suburbs Sexy

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.03.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk Click here for original article. The Living Market, a plan to redevelop vacant land to create a Marketplace of community space,...

How To Save Suburbia

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.02.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk Click here for original article. Copyright Flickr User CC tango_28 Poverty and violence, boarded windows and weedy lawns...

Design For Suburbia's Forgotten Citizens

2012-02-16-archdailyreal.jpg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Home

By Vanessa Quirk (click here for original article) Poverty and violence, boarded windows and weedy lawns, immigrants jammed “by the dozen into h...

Home Sellers Push Back

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 04.22.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

The undercurrent of disgruntlement running through residential real estate these days is decidedly different. Like the flowers that bloomed early, a number of sellers are trying to burst out of the basement and make their way above ground.

Defining Your Own Chaos

Kristal Brent Zook | Posted 04.24.2012 | Women
Kristal Brent Zook

"Why not leave the city?" we asked ourselves. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Get some fresh air. A yard. A real house. It would shorten my commute to Hofstra University out on the Island, and of course, we would be saving all that money.

The Grand Finale: Fashion Week for Suburban Dads

Dan Zevin | Posted 04.18.2012 | Style
Dan Zevin

Nobody is going to look better on this Fashion Week Friday than suburban dads. Why? FLEECE. On Monday through Thursday, we're all business in our buttoned-up clearance clothes from Banana Republic. But by the end of the work week, it's time to TGIF. Thank God It's Fleece Day.

Pornography for Mommies

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted 03.19.2012 | Comedy
Julie Gerstenblatt

I heard about this book from a friend, who spoke in hushed tones over the tops of her children's heads as we waited in line for tables one Sunday at the local diner. That's how you know a book is really dirty, by the way, because of the hushed tones.

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.

Middle Class Masquerade

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 01.31.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

The home seller sobbed when she heard her real estate transaction fell through. "I've got to get out of here," she let me know for the umpteenth time. "I can't keep pretending to be middle class."