Life Before the Big Box Stores

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HUFFINGTON POST: 1950s Videos Shows What ‘Normal’ Town Life Was Like Before Big Box Stores
By Brie Dyas (featuring corresponding “Huff Post Live” content)

What effects have the “big box,” “one-stop-shop” stores had on our towns and communities? How has Main Street changed since the 1950s? In this Huff Post Live” segment, Ricky Camilleri, Brie Dyas, and other Huff Post editors share their thoughts on a 1952 documentary on small towns in the 50s.

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Once Connected, Now Alone

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THE ATLANTIC: Heartbreaking Photos of Lonely Rowhouses
By Mark Byrnes, September 2013

The rowhouse is a signature of Baltimore architecture. In this article, Atlantic Associate Editor Mark Byrnes talks with photographer Ben Marcin about his collection of photographs of row houses that now stand alone. Marcin’s work includes photographs of houses in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and cities in New Jersey. In many cases, these structures stand as symbols of our economic moment.

Byrnes also writes briefly about the $22 million the City of Baltimore plans to spend to tear down nearly 1500 abandon houses that have become markers of “urban neglect.”

"One resident tells the Sun, ‘We just don’t want a lot of tracts of vacant land like Detroit.’”

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Big Businesses Entering Small Towns

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WASHINGTON POST: Middleburg prepares for a posh newcomer
by Caitlin Gibson, August 2013

"In a community of less than 700 people, the arrival of what’s widely reported to be a $130 million luxury complex, designed to lure high-end leisure lovers and corporate power players, has drawn a range of strong reactions."

"When Johnson purchased the 340-acre property in 2002 and announced her plans to build a five-star inn and spa, the Middleburg community was split between those who questioned the project and those who welcomed it: Would the development forever alter a cherished way of life in the historic, close-knit town? Or would it offer a needed economic boon?"

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LEARN MORE about Middleburg, VA here.

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Leaving The Suburbs Behind

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Leigh Gallagher, an assistant managing editor of Fortune magazine, is the author of "The End of the Suburbs: Where The American Dream is Moving" which chronicles the growing trend of Americans leaving the suburbs for homes in more urban settings- arguably marking the end of the traditional American dream as we know it.

“It’s not just about moving back to the city, it’s not like everyone wants to live in a New York City skyscraper,” said Gallagher. “People want to be in communities that are livelier, where they can get to know their neighbors more.”

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Read Tod Robberson’s DALLAS NEWS interview with Gallagher here.
Listen to the MARKETPLACE.ORG interview with Gallagher here.

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Photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards’ “Suburban Dream”

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SLATE: "Capturing the Suburban Dream"
By David Rosenberg, July 2013

"Disillusioned with her own life in the Silicon Valley suburbs, photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards set out to document family life in that region of California in 1997 for a series she titled ‘Suburban Dreams.’ In 2003, after working on the series for five years, Edwards was invited to do similar projects across Europe. She recently had an exhibition of her work at the Oakland Museum of California for six months."

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Moving Into The City

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WASHINGTON POST: "The kids gone, aging Baby Boomers opt for city life"
by Tara Bahrampour, August 2013

This Post article discusses the growing trend of Boomers with “empty nests” who are leaving the suburbs for city life. A reimagining of the American dream?

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House Shopping in DC

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WASHINGTON POST: "Finding the right house in D.C. may require trying another neighborhood"
by Djana Morris, July 2013

What does homeownership in DC look like? How and where do prospective buyers find homes?

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BUZZFEED: "How Cheap Are Houses In Detroit Right Now?"

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How Theatre Has Developed The City

THE ATLANTIC: How DC Became America’s Second Most Important Theater Town
By Amanda Erickson, September 2013

Related to discussions around Detroit is news and discussion of the changes to the social and physical landscape of Washington, DC’s neighborhoods. Many are attributing these changes to ambitious development plans that included space for arts organizations in an attempt to bolster culture and nightlife in the District. DC’s theatre community is now flourishing and Amanda Erickson is going so far as to call DC “America’s second most important theater town.”

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For more on theatre and arts organizations and how they contribute to the development of various neighborhoods in the District, read this recent Nelson Pressley piece from THE WASHINGTON POST: "Shakespeare Theatre’s tenancy fight springs from DC urban renewal plan" (The Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Lansburgh building landlords have since reached a settlement).

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"The Summer I Discovered Suburbia"

NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE: The Summer I Discovered Suburbia
by Ada Calhoun, August 2013

"Ohio was heaven. I loved riding bikes down empty sidewalks. I loved being covered with bug spray and lying in the backyard, looking at the stars. I loved that there always seemed to be roaming gangs of kids, snacks on paper plates and ice-cold cans of soda. I loved Blizzards (soft-serve ice cream from Dairy Queen, with candy mashed into it). As my parents tell it, when they picked me up from the airport, the first thing I said to them — people who had fled their suburban childhoods and prided themselves on having raised ‘a city kid’ — was an enraged hiss: ‘You didn’t tell me about all that!’"

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Protecting The Arts in Detroit

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NY TIMES ARTS BEAT:  "Detroit Institute of Arts Could Lose Regional Tax Funds"
By Randy Kennedy, August 2013

"On Tuesday, officials in Oakland County — one of three Michigan counties that agreed last year to institute a property tax increase to save the Detroit Institute from devastating budget cuts — unanimously approved a resolution warning that any attempt to use the museum’s collection or budget to raise money for the city’s creditors would “terminate any obligation” of the county to continue to provide support.”

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Photographs from Beth Yarnelle Edwards' “Suburban Dream”
Source: SLATE and DAILY MAIL UK

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Social Mobility and the American Dream

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WASHINGTON POST (WP Opinions): "Social immobility erodes the American dream"
by Fareed Zakaria, August 2013

Time magazine editor Fareed Zakaria, who also hosts his own show on CNN, wrote a Post opinion piece on a Harvard-UC Berkeley study on social mobility in the US.

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In The Market for Larger Homes

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WASHINGTON POST: "Move-up home buyers need the timing to go right for their sale and purchase"
by Michele Lerner, August 2013

"For move-up buyers who must sell one home before buying the next, the process of juggling simultaneous transactions can be especially frenzied and daunting. If all the pieces don’t fall into place, in a worse-case scenario, they can wind up losing their dream home and their earnest money."

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DC’s Evolving Neighborhoods

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WASHINGTON POST: "Gentrification in overdrive on 14th Street"
by Annys Shin, July 2013

Maybe you’ve noticed the changing face of our city?! Even in the midst of national economic hardships, DC neighborhoods are taking shape and culture is booming.

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