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No Car, No Problem: 10 Best Cities to Live in Without a Car
by Kelly Weimert on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at 4:07am.
You probably already know that big cities like San Francisco and New York offer extensive public transportation systems that make it a easy to get from point A to point B without a car, but these cities also come with some of the highest costs of living in the country and super saturated job markets.
That’s why Money Crashers rounded up a list of alternative cities that typically offer more job opportunities and lower costs of living than their more popular counterparts in addition to public transit and bike-sharing systems that make bopping around the city car-free a breeze.
If you love the idea of being free from the cost and energy burden of a car, then consider calling one of the following cities home.
1. Minneapolis, Minnesota
If you ...
Meet the Liberal Pioneer of Modernist Tract Housing, Joseph Eichler
by Kelly Weimert on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at 4:07am.
Joseph Eichler is a post-war real estate developer who’s most famous for building high-quality, modernist homes on a large scale. According to his son, Eichler was inspired to develop well-crafted modernist homes for the masses after living in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Seeking to make these homes more accessible to the middle class, Eichler developed over 11,000 modernist tract homes in California, which were aptly dubbed “Eichlers”.
The famously liberal Eichler was also the first large-scale tract builder to sell his homes to minorities, stepping down from the National Association of Home Builders in 1958 to protest its racially discriminative policies and practices.
Eichler enlisted prominent architects to design and construc...
by Kelly Weimert on Friday, June 21st, 2019 at 4:06am.
A-Frame homes possess a unique, homespun charm that feels equally expansive and welcoming. Their steep-pitched roofs and simple organic construction give them an elegant yet unassuming appearance on the outside, while their open floor plans and high ceilings provide a world of style opportunities on the inside.
And while interior style possibilities are quite literally endless, many people like to style A-Frame homes with their unique architecture in mind, enhancing their elegant and organic simplicity with complementary design and decor.
The following tips will help you elevate your aesthetic while paying homage to the unique style of A-Frame architecture.
The open floor plan that’s common among A-Frame homes is...
by Kelly Weimert on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 4:07am.
Chinatown in San Francisco is the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. Centered on Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, the neighborhood boasts a rich history and highly influential culture.
In the mid-19th century, Chinatown was a port of entry for Chinese immigrants, particularly those from Guangdong province. These immigrants settled near Dupont Street, now called Grant Ave. However, the U.S. didn’t welcome them with open arms; in fact, the neighborhood was the only region where Chinese people were allowed to inherit and inhabit dwellings in the city.
Early Chinese immigrants were predominantly men, with the reported Chinese population in California comprising 12,000 men and just 10 women in...
IKEA Collaborated With Global Artisans to Create This Beautiful New Collection
by Kelly Weimert on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 4:07am.
If you love minimal Scandinavian design and hand-crafted artisan goods, then prepare to meet your new favorite furniture collection. This month, IKEA launched Annanstans, a decor and apparel (!) line that blends modern design with artisan craftsmanship.
The line is helmed by designer Martin Bergstrom and features work from artisans in Romania, Thailand, and India. The collection ranges from decorative objects, like wooden mushrooms and banana-fiber baskets, to apparel and accessories, like flowy kaftans and scarves.
What’s particularly cool about the collection is that each item is truly handmade, so no two are exactly the same. It also means that the collection is limited—once the items are gone, that’s it. According to Bergstrom, “Annansta...