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Dumpster diving fuels cyclist’s crusade against food waste

seattletimes.com — Originally published Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 6:00 AM Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times Alana Semuels / Los Angeles Times CLEVELAND - Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries.

The Case for Trailer Parks

theatlantic.com — You've seen it before: a house, on a truck, on a highway, slowing down traffic with its yellow "OVERSIZED LOAD" sign, its tan vinyl siding nearly screaming "Trailer Park!" The snobs among us may judge these pre-fab homes as shoddily built, cheap eyesores in a country that's increasingly eschewing the suburbs for walkable urban areas.

The Case for Trailer Parks

theatlantic.com — You've seen it before: a house, on a truck, on a highway, slowing down traffic with its yellow "OVERSIZED LOAD" sign, its tan vinyl siding nearly screaming "Trailer Park!" The snobs among us may judge these pre-fab homes as shoddily built, cheap eyesores in a country that's increasingly eschewing the suburbs for walkable urban areas.

He dives in dumpsters to find food for thought

dispatch.com — CLEVELAND - Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries. He's ravenous after bicycling more than 60 miles, so he stops rummaging through bags and boxes to open the container of strawberries and pop one into his mouth.

Can the Homeless Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?

theatlantic.com — Jeremiah, who is 28 and used to work in landscaping, didn't have anywhere to live during the frigid cold of last winter. So one night, when the shelters of Baltimore were full, he ducked into an alley near downtown Baltimore, where an abandoned house had a "For Sale" sign on it.

Can Homeless People Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?

theatlantic.com — Jeremiah, who is 28 and used to work in landscaping, didn't have anywhere to live during the frigid cold of last winter. So one night, when the shelters of Baltimore were full, he ducked into an alley near downtown Baltimore, where an abandoned house had a "For Sale" sign on it.

At Detroit's border, a barrier separates the haves from have-nots

latimes.com — The border between Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit represents a huge dividing line separating the haves and have-nots: Detroit's median household income is $26,955. Grosse Pointe Park's is $101,094. The average response time for Grosse Pointe Park police was 3.4 minutes in 2012.

The Latest: Ebola in the United States

theatlantic.com — In late September, Thomas Duncan became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Two hospital workers who treated him also became infected, setting off a nationwide effort to contain the disease, and fears of a larger outbreak. Keep checking this page for all the latest updates on the crisis.

Activist dives in dumpsters across the U.S. to highlight food waste

latimes.com — Rob Greenfield is standing barefoot and shirtless in a dumpster when he finds the strawberries. He's ravenous after bicycling more than 60 miles, so he stops rummaging through bags and boxes to open the container of strawberries and pop one into his mouth.

Cities Are Eliminating the Healthcare Benefits Once Promised to Retirees

theatlantic.com — When Kenneth Blair joined the Detroit police force decades ago at age 19, he thought he was signing up for a steady job-and pension and health-care benefits for life. The fate of his pension is still up in the air as Detroit's bankruptcy makes its way through the courts.
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Oct 24, 2014

The Case for Trailer Parks - why homes made in a factory might help solve the affordable housing shortage. My story: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Oct 23, 2014

I wrote earlier this week about a row of vacants in Baltimore w/a mural on them. Looks like they're being torn down. news.wypr.org/post/greening-…

Oct 23, 2014

CEOs: They're (not) Just Like Us. They spend 20 days a month on the road. Some don't have homes (!) bloom.bg/1ta0B2Q @BloombergNews

Oct 22, 2014

Detroit's now evicting people who can't pay property tax, after cutting off water to those who couldn't pay bills. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @BostonGlobe: 16 years after Matthew Shepard's beating death, Wyoming legalizes gay marriage b.globe.com/1uCkAmc pic.twitter.com/nGjouTy5iX

Oct 22, 2014

Is this yikes or good news? Homeownership among the under-35 crowd is down to 36 percent, from 43 percent in 2005. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Oct 21, 2014

Time and again, data shows that cities are likely to thrive if they have lots of college grads age 25 to 34. nyti.ms/1CInOuB

Oct 20, 2014

RT @RACYCLES: Some very disappointing news regarding what was to be the first Brooklyn Triathlon. This is the note from the... fb.me/41vnv8S5Y

Oct 20, 2014

Was psyched for my first triathalon, scheduled for Sunday in Brooklyn. But it was suddenly cancelled bc of dispute w @NYCMayorsOffice. WTF!

Oct 20, 2014

Baltimore has 16,000 vacant homes. Why can't the city's thousands of homeless people move into them? My story. theatlantic.com/share-404/

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