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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         June 2012 


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How I Found Bliss in a Creaky Old Rental

Corbyn Hightower and her family moved from affluence to poverty—and into a “funky, junky” house. It’s been the happiest move of their lives.

Not everyone can afford to buy a home. For as many as a third of us, renting is the right choice financially. After the crash of 2008 took them from top earners to just scraping by, Corbyn Hightower’s family ended up in a ramshackle rental. Here’s how they’ve made that rental into a home they love. Yes, they redecorated on a budget. But that’s not what counts the most—it’s what they gained when they left the sterile isolation of upscale suburbia and landed in a living, lively neighborhood.

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The author, S.J. Dunning, stands before the burning remains of her childhood home, razed for new construction. Photo by Tyrah Dunning.
Our homes tell the story of where we come from and who we are. What happens when we lose them?

Foreclosure Aftermath: What We Leave Behind

S.J. Dunning spent a year working with her father, cleaning up what was left behind when people lost their houses to foreclosure. Their job was to remove all traces of lives lived—to transform a home into just a house. What they found spoke of hard choices about what to take and what to leave behind—photo albums, children’s toys, clothing. Sometimes it showed willful destruction—burned and flooded houses. It all told stories of loss. “When we lose a home,” Dunning asks, “aren’t we burned a little, flooded by regret?”

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Smart ideas: Build a bike train.
Bike Train Group Maya jacobs How To Get Kids Pedaling Again
by Maya Jacobs

In 1969, 48 percent of kids aged 5–14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. A major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting their kids bike on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, picking up children along the way—are a way to make it easier, and safer, for kids to bike to school.

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India’s development was supposed to be an economic success story. What we can learn from what actually happened.
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Beyond the Supreme Court: For immigrant communities in Arizona and beyond, the struggle against draconian laws begins at home.
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YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: Cheaper Together: How Neighbors Invest in Community
Cooperative financing and community land trusts keep rents affordable and homeownership within reach.

:: Homes That Survived the Crash
While Wall Street players used home finance to make mega-profits for the 1 percent, local banks and community land trusts got people into decent, secure, affordable homes.

:: 10 Ways To Love Where You Live
How to build community here and now—because neighborhoods are more than houses in proximity.

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