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Ferguson, Philadelphia and the Changing Geography of Race

Steven Conn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

What does the erosion of the economic and social fabric in these suburbs mean for the future of our metropolitan regions? What does it tell us about the great social experiment in suburbanization altogether?

Ten Questions We Should Be Asking About Our Communities

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.08.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Green buildings are mainstream now, and green infrastructure is advancing. Indeed, some progressive institutions believe it is time to begin installing "net-positive" buildings that produce more sustainable energy and water than they consume, and that generate no net waste.

What's a Lawn to You?

Deborah Schoeberlein | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein

In the old days, the aristocracy had lawns to emphasize their wealth and power. Today, things have changed. Each of us is lord of our own manor, and we don't need a lawn to prove it.

Confessions of a Baseball Mom

Debra Pickett | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Debra Pickett

It was like I'd just hopped out of my station wagon with a cocktail in one hand and a cigarette in the other, leaving a toddler rolling around, unbuckled in the back. In some places, not having your entire life's schedule dictated by your 7-year-old's sports team makes you kind of a bad a**.

The Spirituality of Cities

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

As the technologies that shape our lives change, we need to encourage a city plan that gives us space, but does not isolate us; that is not racist and gives poorer people the chance to thrive too.

Keeping Up With Your Average Suburban Bear

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Having spent much of my life in and around the Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, I've seen my share of black bears up close and personal. But in city environments, not so much, with perhaps one startling and ultimately embarrassing exception.

These Artworks Rebelling Against American Suburbia Are More Relevant Than Ever

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.08.2014 | Arts

It's no great surprise that the relationship between artists and the normalized, consumerist fantasy that is the suburbs is a fraught one. For as long...

Chrysler Is Killing Its Iconic Soccer Mom Van

AP | By DEE-ANN DURBIN | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The combined Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is counting on expanding sales at Jeep, Alfa-Romeo and Maserati and a revival of t...

Aging at Home: Will You Be Lonely?

Rachel Adelson | Posted 06.17.2014 | Fifty
Rachel Adelson

Most people say they want to age at home, but there's a funny thing about that. Although folks want to stay in familiar surroundings to be near friends and family, too many people as they get older find themselves stranded in their own neighborhoods, suffering from a shrinking social network.

Democrats Should Widen Focus on Voter Suppression

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans want to make it harder to vote, Democrats want to make it easier. It's a simple concept, and it's one that strikes at a foundational belief most Americans share: Things always get better throughout American history, never worse.

Asking Home Prices in Urban Neighborhoods Rising Faster Than in Suburbs

Jed Kolko | Posted 06.10.2014 | Business
Jed Kolko

From some angles, it looks like the housing recovery has brought an urban resurgence: for instance, the most urban counties are growing faster now tha...

Domestic Hunter... No Regrets!

Dan Levitz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Green
Dan Levitz

I saluted my diminutive foe to the best of my ability. I thought of Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans where Chingachook and Hawk-eye said a pra...

A Standalone Sears: Is There Weakness in Numbers?

Eric McAfee | Posted 05.27.2014 | Detroit
Eric McAfee

Some businesses just fail to quit, though it's not necessarily from lack of trying. And if all the negatives in that sentence dilute the denotation, ...

Is Living in a Mixed-Use Building for You?

realtor.com | Posted 04.14.2014 | HuffPost Home
realtor.com

While plenty of people want a yard and the privacy of a single-family detached home, others prefer to ditch the car when they can and live in areas where they can walk to schools and services.

When Words Lose Their Meaning at the Edge of the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.06.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

The age-old questions of urban boundaries and city walls matter less today in a physical sense, but photographs have suggested that the political overlay of region, cities and neighborhoods still keep visible form, however counterintuitive.

The Michigan Left: Working Out the Kinks (but Keeping the Curves)

Eric McAfee | Posted 04.05.2014 | Detroit
Eric McAfee

No, it's not a reference to a statewide political movement, but it at least it enjoys some possibility of taking the nation by storm. But, at least in this case, it all begins with a pretty ordinary road sign.

The Industrialization of Mom

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

Like her 2009 novel Entertaining Disasters, Nancy Spiller's new book concerns itself with conventions in cookery and American cuisine. Compromise Cake is, however, is the much more personal book.

'School Reform': They Wouldn't Do This to White Kids

John Owens | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
John Owens

That this middle/high school consisted of nothing more than a bunch of classrooms on the third floor of an old elementary school, set between a hospital and a jail, only underscored its single-minded, academic focus.

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.

What Happens When a 'Full-blooded American' Sends a Letter to a 'Foreign' Mom in Suburbia

Natasha Tynes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Natasha Tynes

Last week I experienced my first racist incident in the eight years I have been living in the U.S. I have seen and heard of racism happening to others, but this time it hit close to home. It was an attack against the core of who I am.

City Apartments vs. Suburban Living: Which Is Better?

Caitlyn Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Caitlyn Becker

The convenience of having a car, somewhere to park it for free and not having to deal with city traffic is one of life's greatest pleasures. On the other hand, one of life's other greatest pleasures is cocktailing it up at happy hour or bottomless mimosa brunch (yes, that's a real thing) and knowing a lovely cab driver is just an arm hail away from getting you to and fro safely.

Ghosts, Goblins and Sprawl: What How Kids Trick-or-Treat in Your Neighborhood Says About Your Community

Leigh Gallagher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leigh Gallagher

Halloween trick or treating is many things: a tradition of American childhood, a chance for kids and adults alike to express their creativity, a day when it's OK for everyone to eat candy. Here's something else it's inadvertently become: a measure of how far apart many Americans now live from their neighbors -- and as such, a proxy for community.

'Seriously Mindy?'

Mona R. Washington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Mona R. Washington

"Seriously Mindy?" Mindy 40 Dog Lover, Kiki's owner, and John and Whitney's neighbor John 32 Dog Liker, Bart's owner, Whitney's ...

Like Your Neighbors? Most Americans Do Actually

Jed Kolko | Posted 12.24.2013 | HuffPost Home
Jed Kolko

Do Americans love their neighbors as themselves? Although "love" might be pushing it, most Americans are pretty happy with their neighbors. To underst...

Listen Up Candidates, Planning Matters: Two New Books on the History of Planning

Heath Brown | Posted 10.26.2013 | Books
Heath Brown

Two new books draw attention to the role planners and planning have played in the development of cities and suburbs in the U.S.