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Living in a big city is great. Every day is an adventure. Exhilarating and exhausting in equal measures. Modern city life affects your sleep, because if I’m so tired, why can’t I sleep? City Life Affects Your Sleep Well, maybe it’s because modern cities almost seem designed to keep us awake. They are loud, busy, bright...

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With fall upon us, there is no wonder why so many of today’s homeowners are searching for new, trendy urban design trends to spruce up their interiors. From inspirational autumn colors to cool decor vibes that can be attributed to the change in temperatures, updating a home’s décor for fall 2017 has so many possibilities!...

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There are many innovative ways how to implement eco-friendliness into our homes to create a green neighborhood. If we care about living in high-quality neighborhoods, then turning them into more eco-friendly areas are the best ways to do. Through green infrastructure, this can be accomplished. By making use of nature as a resource in our...

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What is zoning? Zoning is a planning process that is widely used throughout the world, especially in highly populated areas. However, it is not fully adopted in the United States and some communities, especially in rural areas. The first zoning ordinance was in New York City in 1916, and since then, it has been a...

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The lifestyle of a locavore – having a dietary preference for local food – can be difficult, particularly in areas where sustainability isn’t yet prevalent. However, as a person with an environmental conscience, I do strive to live this kind of lifestyle as often as it permits. Living in Long Island, New York, a region where sustainability...

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Is it rational to spend your own free time practicing your hobbies in your favorite location? Of course it is! At the same time, it’s also rational to want to see that place always in its best condition. However, sometimes we encounter a paradox situation when our hobby inflicts harm on the environment that we love. This kind of...

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Have you ever held the belief that certain individuals who, based on what they have brought to a field, should be considered as vital to anyone’s set of influences like Charles Darwin is to any evolutionary biologist? When it comes to urban planning, Jane Jacobs was one of these individuals. Jane Jacobs, through her seminal writing,...

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A Blue Zone is a term used to identify a demographic or geographic area in the world where people live considerably  longer lives. In each of these areas, the rate of centenarians (residents over the age of 100) is ten times greater than in the US. By studying the correlation between local lifestyles and longevity, researchers found that all residents share the same...

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Humans have always desired to find a magical solution for living healthier for longer while maintaining a youthful lifestyle. Ample references about this desire can be found in literature such as in the tales about The Philosopher’s Stone or The Fountain of the Eternal Youth. These solutions may be only a fantasy, but there are actually civilizations around the world...

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Imagine if there were a place in your city where you could meet all of your daily needs; where you could walk or bike to work, cross the street safely, shop and play. This the core concept of Complete Streets. Complete Streets are designed to accommodate all community members, regardless of age, ability or modality,...

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