After World War II, white, middle-class Americans flocked to the suburbs from the city. Today, that trend is reversing. As post-suburbanites move back into cities, escalating housing costs are forcing low and middle income folks and people of color out to the suburbs. The result is that the diverse communities that make cities resilient creative centers are being displaced or forced to find new, affordable housing options.
Through the month of June, we published articles about public housing done right, new rules for in-law suites in San Francisco, biourbanism, housing auctions in Detroit, a follow-up to Hack the Housing Crisis, and more.
Here, we’ve rounded up 11 affordable housing alternatives for city dwellers—from community land trusts, co-ops, and new kinds of public housing to micro-houses and Germany’s clever Baugruppen—because if we want cities to thrive, we need to rethink how we house everybody, not just the rich.
2:17 am • 1 September 2014 • 37 notes
"real men dont rape" actually, real men do rape. they do. men rape. it isn’t done by ~fake mythical special brand of evil~ men, it’s done by real men, men who may seem nice, men who you think you can trust, men you know, men who you’re close to. real men do rape. that’s the problem
11:35 pm • 31 August 2014 • 10,918 notes
the thing you are most
afraid to write.
— Nayyirah Waheed (via laurenarlene)
11:40 pm • 24 August 2014 • 31,814 notes
Seven Rules For True Farmer’s Market Love
1) Set your alarm. I don’t care that it’s Saturday. The best Farmer’s Market is the 8 AM Farmer’s Market. The dawn-picked strawberries and the almond croissants will be gone by 8:30.
2) Don’t forget your basket.
3) Don’t you dare eat breakfast first. The crepe guy might be there again. Arrive hungry and leave stuffed.
4) Don’t forget your wad of cash. And always bring $20 more than you think you should bring.
5) Once you’re there, for heaven’s sake, don’t be in a rush. You’re gonna see everyone you know. It’s a shop ‘n chat.
6) If you eat meat, buy all of it here. It’s not only better for you. It’s better for the planet. Choices like this change the world.
7) Compliment your vendors. Make sure they know how fantastic, creative, and appreciated they are. Ask them questions about how they do things. They’ll love to tell you all about it. It’s people like this who make your community interesting. Make sure they know it.
Rikki Snyder Photography: Summer Vibes
3:49 pm • 11 August 2014 • 1,628 notes
“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
— Anaïs Nin (via gowns)
3:04 pm • 24 June 2014 • 6,820 notes