Green gadget of the year. No paper, printing, shipping, or warehousing of books!
Hollywood Director Tom Shadyac's journey to greater happiness takes some interesting detours from the typical path in pursuit of the American Dream.
Film Moguls aren't the only ones looking to downsize, simplify, and make community connections.
The lead article of the Winter 2012 issue of On Common Ground, a smart growth publication by the National Association of Realtors, documents the trend of "Building Community on a Small Scale and at a Slower Pace." With limited financing and consumers downsizing, small and slow is in when it comes to development today. The publication puts a lense on the rise of "pocket neighborhoods" in diverse locations like Washington State, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Pocket Neighborhoods are best described as cottages clustered around a garden or green space. The homes typically max out at 1,000 square feet with parking pushed to the edges of the property.
Atlantans who are looking for smaller, higher quality, lower-maintenance homes in a setting where they can easily know their neighbors and have access to organic food grown on site will be glad to know about some local initiatives to develop these type communities. Robert Reed, Program Manager for Sustainable Cities at Southface Institute and Greg Ramsey, Director of Village Habitat Design, are hosting a Cottage Community with Garden/Farm Workshop at Southface Institute on Tuesday, February 7th. The workshop is open to professional planners, developers, community activists and citizens interested in developing a cottage community, ecovillage, or cohousing community with gardening or farming.
Go here for more information on attending.