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City Smarts

Urban Planning Goes Green Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New ... Read More »

Healthy Eye-Catching Eco-Wear

It’s in Style and Easy Care AVERY MACK co-friendly fashion used to be an oxymoron, synonymous with frumpy clothing and ugly shoes. Now designers and manufacturers are finding ways to provide attractive and healthier alternatives to common fabrics, especially polyester. After World War II, cotton, wool and linen fell out of favor as wash and wear, stain-resistant, permanent-press polyester arrived. ... Read More »

Green Car Buying Tips

Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings While some carmakers are filling showrooms with ever-larger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a ... Read More »

Eco-Toy Story

Safe, Fun Gifts for Kids During the holiday gift buying season, it’s good to recall the days of old-fashioned toys. Simple, wooden toys made with non-toxic paints are far safer than those sprayed with varnishes and paints containing lead and volatile organic compounds. Plastics can emit unhealthy chemicals used during manufacturing, which also produces environmental pollution. Pieces can break off, ... Read More »

A Gorgeously Greener Holiday

Fresh Thinking About Décor Nature’s holiday decorations can transcend cliché pine wreaths or farmed trees to make highly personalized indoor décor that supersedes traditional greenery. Yet mistletoe, holly leaves and berries, eucalyptus, poinsettias, tree needles, acorns and a cut tree’s water reservoir can be harmful to both pets and children. Here are some better choices. The Tree For smaller spaces ... Read More »

One-Person Pamper Party

Natural Ways to Refresh and Renew APRIL THOMPSON  Pampering ourselves isn’t a luxury so much as a necessity to refresh and renew mind, body and spirit. A Spa Specialty Spas have been synonymous with pampering throughout the ages. “Every civilization around the world has had some kind of communal gathering place for people to practice ‘self-healing’,” says Jeremy McCarthy, group ... Read More »

The Garden Cure

Natural Sanctuaries Heal Body and Spirit SANDRA MURPHY I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir Renew Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to ... Read More »

Soil Sisters

Female Farmers Come of Age More women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264. Historic Roots “Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, ... Read More »

Ditch the Hotel

Frugal Lodging Options from AirBnB to House Swapping AVERY MACK Travel is changing as vacationers increasingly value unique experiences over standard tourist fare. In addition to the option of couch surfing (Tinyurl.com/CouchsurfingAdventure), more people are making the most of house rentals, swapping and sitting, plus various home stays via AirBnB (AirBnB.com). All expand options for affordable journeys tailored to their ... Read More »

Troubled Waters

Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking LINDA SECHRIST Virtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus ... Read More »