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Monthly Archives: October 2012

21 Fires: Fall

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Skateboard Shops and Guys Who Do Stuff: The Bait Shop

Ken Chong and Greg Rodriguez are used to teenagers hanging around. That’s because Ken and Greg decided to open The Bait Shop, their own skateboard shop and design studio. Since then, increasing numbers of teens have realized that not only … Continue reading

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Youth Advising Youth: Mytonomy

Mytonomy is an advice column where youth counsel youth. The web site invites users to offer up advice and access videos posted by others in similar circumstances. Whether it’s a question about life after high school, dealing with dorm mates, … Continue reading

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Follow Another and Discover Your Own: Underground Market

Sometimes great projects develop by trying to walk a path set out by someone else. That’s how Hassel Aviles got the idea to start the Toronto Underground Market. “What started as a passion project for me is becoming a community movement.” San … Continue reading

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Endowment Effect: Inaction in the Face of Opportunity

We avoid sticking our necks out because we fear loss and feelings of regret. Looking back on my notes from ‘Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes‘ (Belsky and Gilovich), I came across the following note on the Endowment Effect: … Continue reading

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Reasons to Go Outside: Plant Garlic

Planting garlic is an easy way to start your own vegetable garden. Garlic needs little in the way of attention and provides a satisfying reward. One clove goes in the ground in October, and ten months later, a full bulb … Continue reading

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Superheroes or Docudramas: Where’s the Future in Fuel?

The documentary The End of Suburbia tells a dark story about the implications of oil dependency, and wonders if future generations will make different choices to curb their consumption patterns New Urbanist James Howard Kunstler opens the film, saying, “The … Continue reading

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Take Time With Your Music

I love stories where people make things happen. I find it inspiring to know that, with an inclination and the willingness to breathe life into the unknown, these are steps that most anyone can take. Bill Simmons, who is sometimes … Continue reading

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Worth Watching: Walk to School

Jennifer Keesmaat is an urban planner. That means she’s someone who’s interested in the way cities get built. Last month, she got the job as Toronto’s new chief planner. A few years back, Keesmaat gave a talk that explains the value of … Continue reading

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Projects to Consider: Write a Letter

One of my girlfriend’s favorite memories is to recount the morning she went out to her bike and found a love letter attached to the handlebars. It was in the time before we were dating, and someone had recently broken … Continue reading

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