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Island Press Field Notes

By Alan Mallach / On April 13th, 2016

High-density public housing may seem like an idea whose time has come and gone, buried along with the ruins of notorious projects like St. Louis’ Pruitt-Igoe and Chicago’s...

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By Kyler Geoffroy / On April 11th, 2016

It’s so easy to fall into the mindset that your job is the most important work in the whole world. Employed as a journalist? You are dedicating your career to uncovering the truth and preserving the freedom of the press! Work at a bank? You handle the...

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By Mike Lydon / On April 6th, 2016

Maybe you've heard about Tactical Urbanism—a neighborhood building approach that harnesses the ingenuity and spirit of communities to quickly improve city life. If these projects inspire you, it's probably time to launch an intervention of your own.

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By Rebecca Wodder / On March 30th, 2016

We live in challenging times. The shocks and stresses of global warming affect every community in one form or another. Rising seas and storm surges swamp coastal communities. Floods and droughts of biblical proportions are visited on city dwellers and...

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By Pamela Boyce Simms / On March 22nd, 2016

An attempted Niagara Bottling Company water grab in iconic Woodstock New York was a defining moment for Rachel Marco Havens. In Rachel’s words, her story is about “a beautiful lake in a little town with a BIG voice, and the taxpayer-funded,...

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By Laurie Mazur / On February 29th, 2016

Kathy Egland was one of the first black students to desegregate her high school in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 1967. As a child and young adult, she marched for the right to vote and against segregated buses and drinking fountains. Now she’s fighting for the...

By Laurie Mazur / On February 23rd, 2016

If a tree falls in the forest, what does it cost? From the perspective of federal disaster assistance, the answer traditionally has been “not much.” But now — thanks to improved number-crunching — the federal government is taking nature into account...

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By Pamela Boyce Simms / On February 16th, 2016

The Transition Towns environmental movement (Transition) has been ...

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By Pamela Boyce Simms / On January 24th, 2016

Imagine a respite from the relentless torrent of bad news! Both The Transition Towns (Transition) and  ...

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By Denise Fairchild / On January 21st, 2016

Tuesday night—in his final State of the Union address—President Obama asked us to face the future with hope, not fear. He spoke to a nation that has grown increasingly fearful: Since Obama’s last address, terrorism has emerged as Americans’ ...