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Historic buildings could be swept away

“Some historic buildings are not saveable in their current locations.”

So says John Englander, author of High Tide on Main Street, at the recent conference, Keeping History Above Water. This charette comes up with some ideas about what to do to prevent this.

A simple life is hard to imagine. Here’s one way.

Lost driver: “Can you tell me how to get to Union Grove?” Roadside farmer: “No. But if I was you, I wouldn’t start from here.”

Most of us have trouble seeing from here down the road. If we ponder what life would be like with a lot less water, air-conditioning, meat, or municipal services, it’s hard to visualize. How would limited transportation, lower home values, more community conflict, and food scarcities feel? We can’t quite imagine.

I spend hours researching dangers like these and possible tactics for dodging them. But even I have trouble conjuring visions of their everyday consequences. […]

New predictions of global warming – sooner than we thought

Normal temperatures in cities 30 years from now will be be hotter than today’s heat wave. We should prepare for decisions about school choice, career moves, and retirement with this mind. […]

Flood insurance – growing risks, subsidized premiums

FEMA’s revised maps show dramatic expansion of flood plains. Families aren’t insured for flood unless they have a policy from the National Flood Insurance Program. […]

Coastal living becoming doubly risky?

Relief for victims of hurricane Sandy suggests coastal residents are likely to see too little too late from the federal government. […]

Reason #2 to consume less and save more

Reduced federal spending threatens family budgets more than increased taxes. […]

How not to be a nuclear family

Has Japan’s disaster made your family more concerned about living near a nuclear reactor? Do you know where the nearest nuclear sites are? […]

Walkability strengthens neighborhood ties

Walkable neighborhoods mean residents are likely to have higher trust, more community activities, and stronger social networks locally. […]

A Category 4 or Richter 6 near you?

Experts predict increasingly severe natural disasters. It makes sense to take this into account when making location decisions. […]

Cohousing – designed for these times?

Cohousing can have advantages any time, but especially when energy, food and other family budget threats loom. […]