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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.

When Downsizing Your Home Could Be an Upgrade to Your Life

Hulya Aksu | Posted 10.14.2013 | DC
Hulya Aksu

I don't want more. We don't need it. In fact, I want less. Less is so much lighter. Less is so much easier. Less is so much more affordable. Less is more elegant, more fun. Less is just so much more.

More Republican Districts Saw Increase In Suburban Poverty: Report

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

Suburban poverty has increased in more Republican congressional districts than Democratic ones, a new report said. According to a Brookings Instit...

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.

City Mouse vs. Country Mouse: Whose Carbon Footprint Is Bigger?

Peter Hanlon | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Peter Hanlon

City life can be stressful at times and expensive always, but at least you can take solace in having a small carbon footprint. Tiny apartments to heat and cool, no driving -- of course you're not using as many resources as your suburban and rural brethren! But a new study suggests that urbanites shouldn't be quite so smug.

Made in America

Rog Walker | Posted 09.07.2013 | Black Voices
Rog Walker

What's the most authentic representation of the American experience? I never thought about what it truly meant to live an American life until I came...

Single Mom Stuck in the Suburbs

Erin Mantz | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Erin Mantz

Being a single mom stuck in the suburbs can be hard. Happy, intact families are everywhere, holed up in their big houses and two-parent, tag-team bedtime routines, working on the garden or schlepping in the groceries.

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...

Switching Up Date Night

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 03.11.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

The babysitter was lined up. The friends gave restaurant suggestions. I had already put on mascara. My husband wanted me to meet him in NYC for dinner to celebrate my birthday. It was a fun idea, possibly even romantic, since that's our old pre-Suburbia stomping grounds. I didn't go.

A Suburbanite's First Time Buying Street Drugs In New York

narrative.ly | Posted 12.27.2012 | New York

I grew up in an affluent, mind-warpingly dull town in suburban Connecticut. On a quest for some kind of meaning, as a cure for boredom, as a substitut...

Finding Diversity in America

Jed Kolko | Posted 01.26.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

In today's diverse America, Thanksgiving remains widely celebrated and crosses religious, racial, and ethnic lines. This Thanksgiving, we wanted to see which neighborhoods best reflect American diversity.

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.

Death by Cheesecake: A Day at the Mall

Nancy Colier | Posted 08.20.2012 | New York
Nancy Colier

Excess and emptiness, the perfect American submarine. These sparkly spaces are designed to pump us up, make us feel more alive, and yet the lived experience is one of enervation and death.

Foreclosure Crisis Spurs Quest To Reinvigorate Suburbs

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

In the mythologized version of recent American history -- which is to say, the part where the suburbs devolved from the wholesome backdrop for family ...

Finding Diversity In An Unexpected Place

National Journal | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

For a rapidly diversifying America, a hidden success story is unfolding in places like Oak Park, Ill., the suburbs of Portland, Ore., and Wake County,...

'I Will Never Live In The Suburbs'

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 11.16.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in a century, most of America's largest cities are growing at a faster rate than their surrounding suburbs as y...

When Life in the Suburbs Gets Wild

Jerry Lanson | Posted 08.20.2012 | Good News
Jerry Lanson

Until a year ago, wildlife in the 'burbs meant no more to me than a stray mouse or two, or an occasional family of wild turkeys. But I'm carrying a flashlight on my night dog walks these days. And keeping the cat indoors.

Up Close and Not So Personal with 50 Shades of Gray author, E L James

Julie Gerstenblatt | Posted 07.14.2012 | Women
Julie Gerstenblatt

I don't want E L James to be the poster child for my personal understanding of sexuality or for woman's sexual empowerment in a general sense. And the good news is, neither does E L James.

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...

How Asians See America

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Massara | Posted 04.26.2012 | Arts

In the film "Chungking Express," the actress Faye Wong listens to the Mamas and the Papas hit "California Dreaming" on repeat while she works odd hour...

Tribeca 2012 Diary: The Playroom Director Julia Dyer

Dan Persons | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Dan Persons

Capturing a period when innocence was under assault on all fronts, director Julia Dyer (Late Bloomers), shooting from a script by her sister Gretchen, tells a tale old and young facing uncertain futures, not all of them with a suitable measure of grace.

The 5 Stages of Household-Repair Acceptance

Deborah Gaines | Posted 06.13.2012 | Fifty
Deborah Gaines

There went the money I was putting aside for a family vacation. And what about retirement? That $1,000 was the only thing keeping me from a lonely, penurious old age.