Cities

Uber and PDX: A Not-Exactly-Love Story

two of the giants of our age, Portland, OR, and Uber, duking it out for dominance

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Madison Is A Great Small City, Unless You’re Black

Madison won’t tell you how many hundreds of people touched my hair in the twenty-three years I lived there without asking first and called it “neat.”

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The Forces of Gentrification

We often ask whether gentrification is bad or good. Retenanting, it seems, is part of the bad aspects.

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Okay, So Where Should We Move to Get What We Want?

Tagging on to Ester’s post this morning about how young people in expensive urban areas will probably need to move to a different city if they want to buy a home, it’s time to play: where should we move?

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The Cost of Things: Staying Sane By Riding Horses In NYC

Horses connect me to my personal and collective past and I think without them I would die a sad, slow, urban death.

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A Whole Foods Grows In Detroit

Not everyone has the luxury about worrying about the comfort of chickens.

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My First Love Was a City: Victoria, British Columbia

I still won’t say I’m over Victoria. Like all first loves, Victoria will always know how to hurt me. When I went back to the West Coast this summer for vacation, I stayed with friends in Vancouver and purposefully avoided it. I still miss the trees and my friends and the life I had there. But I am becoming happy here. I have moved on from just making the best of things. Like the protagonists of a thousand books and films and ballads, I have grieved and I learned to love again.

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Renting in a Megacity Is a New Lifestyle Phase

Now that millions of more Americans routinely attend college, we’ve realized we can recreate some of the best parts of it and keep them going indefinitely. Why not?

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House Hunters International, Billfold Edition: East London, Vol 1

We want to buy in a “cool” area of one of the most expensive cities in the world. The latter fact has affected our ability to save. Plus, we’re both freelancers and banks really seem to hate that.

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Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

You might call a man you don’t know “chief,” but when that man is a judge and you are the defendant, you should probably go with “Your Honor.”

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