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Families & Homes

Place, community, and the people we love.

The Other Side of Gainful Unemployment The Other Side of Gainful Unemployment
by Shannon Hayes
The downsides of doing it all.
From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue From Gangs to Gardens: How Community Agriculture Transformed Quesada Avenue
by Katherine Gustafson
Ten years ago, the residents of the crime-ridden neighborhood started planting gardens—and everything changed.
How to Build Green on a Budget How to Build Green on a Budget
by Jennifer Atlee
The challenge: build the greenest houses on earth—and make them affordable.
We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share We’ve Got Some Big Houses—That We Could Share
by Doug Pibel
Just 60 years ago, the average American had 291 square feet of living space. Now it’s close to 1,000 square feet. Have we changed our needs that much? Or just our wants?
Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green Real Homes: Small, Frugal, and Green
by Doug Pibel
With 5 million houses in foreclosure, we are rediscovering that living sustainably includes living affordably.
North Carolina’s Fight for Marriage Equality Continues North Carolina’s Fight for Marriage Equality Continues
by Sue Sturgis
In the wake of North Carolina’s new amendment banning same-sex marriage, couples across the state are protesting by requesting marriage licenses.
Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe Same-Sex Marriage Brings Healing to Me—and My Tribe
by Madeline Ostrander
Heather Purser set out to win gay marriage rights within the Suquamish Tribe and found herself on a personal journey toward self-acceptance.
How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet) How I Found Happiness (in 130 Square Feet)
by Ella Jenkins
Photo Essay: Don’t think you know how to build your own house? Neither did 23-year-old Ella Jenkins before she picked up the tools and started.
6 Ideas for Sensible Homes 6 Ideas for Sensible Homes
Small, supportive, affordable, recycled—and you can build your own.
Is Owning or Renting Better For You? Is Owning or Renting Better For You?
by Dean Baker
How to know when it's smart to rent.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Advocate for Acceptance Rabbi Steven Greenberg: Advocate for Acceptance
by Shannan Stoll
Bringing personal warmth and serious scholarship to advocacy for marriage equality in Orthodox Judaism.
A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood A Patchwork Guide to the (Disappearing) Neighborhood
by Kathryn Clark
How have foreclosures transformed the layouts of Detroit, Las Vegas, and other cities? Artist Kathryn Clark’s mapped it—in quilts.
Radical Homemaking … In the South of France? Radical Homemaking … In the South of France?
by Shannon Hayes
Shannon Hayes: Do radical homemaking and foreign travel mix?
A Dakota Way of Life A Dakota Way of Life
by Kris Kolb
Diane Wilson’s new book asks, how do you raise beloved children and break the cycle of self-destruction in native communities?
Reclaim, Recycle, and Reimagine Your House Reclaim, Recycle, and Reimagine Your House
Just because a 2x4 isn't straight doesn't mean it can't be used. Meet a contractor who would rather raid the dump than the lumber aisle.
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