A pig is not a good neighbor, at least that’s what urban planners are taught in Zoning Law 101. The first significant case regarding zoning in the US, Euclid vs. Ambler (1926), established the theoretical basis for separating land uses. In his opinion Justice George Sutherland famously coined the idiom “pig in a parlor” by applying it to conflicting uses. Following that landmark decision cities throughout the US and the world began separating agricultural, residential, industrial, commercial and institutional uses, and offices were restricted to downtowns and later to office parks.
If you're traveling in a city without a bikeshare, you might find yourself in the market for a rental bike that isn't a total rental bike.
I'm traveling this week, leaving my favorite two wheels (see above) safely locked up in an undisclosed location in Denver. While I'm going to Los Angeles, a city not really known for being super bikeable, I'm staying in two neighborhoods that will be pretty bike-friendly.
You don't need to be a bank robber to shower strangers with no-strings-attached cash.
It's hard not to like free anything. "Free" is a powerful concept, but have you ever come across a group of people giving cash to random strangers with no strings attached? Apart from a group of delighted South Los Angeles residents yesterday who were showered with bills from an SUV fleeing the scene of a bank robbery, we're guessing the idea of free money is fairly foreign.
Calling all closet entrepreneurs: Your trash may be someone else's treasure.
How long has that pile of ratty clothes and old shoes been sitting in the corner? If you haven’t missed it the last five years, odds are you won’t be looking for it this summer. And no, even if you turn them into shorts, you and I both know those jeans are not ever going to fit again.
Ah, but one woman’s trash is another woman’s vintage peasant blouse, you say.