Maria Elkin

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How Japan Copied American Culture and Made it Better

A couple of years ago I found myself in a basement bar in Yoyogi, a central precinct of Tokyo, drinking cold Sapporo beers with big foamy heads while …

Americans Are On The Move, But In The Wrong Direction

Jamika lives in a two-story apartment complex surrounded by a 10-foot-high security gate in San Bernardino, Calif. The yellow paint on the buildings' outside walls is peeling.<p>She doesn't want to use her full name. She doesn't want too many people to know about her situation.<p>Jamika and her siblings …

Open Spaces and Active Transportation

Rancho Mission Viejo in southern California is a health-focused development including walkable community-planning, active and passive park areas, …

Urban Design

Walmart Goes Urban and Smaller

A new retail and residential building houses a Walmart on H Street, N.W., near North Capitol Street in Washington, D.C.<p>Who would ever have thought …

Managing Stormwater as a Resource

A cistern to the right of the grocery store’s entrance can hold 11,700 gallons (44,000 liters) of water for use inside the store—and alerts customers …

North Carolina

Europe's Fastest-Growing Cities Are Focused on Building Healthy

Sir Edward Lister<p>Officials leading the expansion of some of Europe’s fastest-growing urban areas say residential schemes that offer green space and …

A Master-Planned Community with a Working Farm

A farm stand and pick-your-own garden are among the amenities that promote healthy eating and a back-to-nature experience for residents. (Willowsford)<p>…

Transit Planners Look to the Sky with Cable Cars, Gondolas

Built in 2009, this MetroCable line connects San Agustín, Venezuela, with Caracas City. (Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH)<p>In a mountainous suburb of La …

Building in Harmony with Surroundings

The six-story mixed-use Yu building at the University of British Columbia is organized aroung a three-tiered courtyard to maximize natural light in …

Vancouver among Cities Still Waiting for Bike Sharing

A rider takes advantage of Capital Bikeshare in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. (Alta Bikeshare)<p>When Vancouver officially chose a …

New York City

Report: Atlanta, Nashville Areas Rated among Worst for Sprawl

Smart Growth America, a national coalition of public interest groups, seeks to help policy makers better understand urban development patterns …

Urban Design

Vancouver's Housing: Buoyed by a Chinese Wave

Residential towers in Vancouver must be designed and located with respect to preserving the views from existing structures. (Pixilink)<p>Even if …

Housing

7 bold commercial real estate predictions

Conjuring the future of commercial real estate begins by conjuring our future. How will we work, live, shop or do business? Perhaps no other …

A clean slate to reinvent downtown Las Vegas

Downtown Las Vegas has been a consistent bright spot in the city’s sluggish economy.<p>Stores and restaurants are opening, new developments are …

Clients Never Pick The Good Logo

You like these logos? You would. Well they didn't get picked by the client. I'm sharing my design process and take aways because I wish I could look …

Sketching

Maps Updates Bring Google One Step Closer to Omniscience

We all know what Google is after. It wants to know everything about us: our travel budgets, our restaurant preferences, our car rental …

How We Found a Star That Is Almost as Old as the Universe

<i>Astronomer</i> <b>Anna Frebel</b> <i>of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is part of a team that</i> <i>reported the discovery</i> <i>this week of a star that is almost as</i> …

Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce - Veggie and the Beast

<i>posted by</i> Katie <i>on</i> February 21, 2013<p>All I want in the winter is comfort food. This means that I often end up cooking any variation of mac and cheese, …

Little Miss (cookie) Sunshine

I want you to run out to your store right now and look for Meyer lemons...<p>...THEN, even if you don't buy them, I want you to pick up a bag and …

Mojito Chicken Wings With Wasabi Mint Cream Sauce

Preheat the oven to 425.<p>Rinse the chicken wings in cold water and dry well.<p>Sprinkle chicken on all sides with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with …

The Ultimate Gooey Caramel Brownie Mug Cake Sundae

<i>Thanks to Werther’s Original® for sponsoring this recipe post!</i><p>I secretly love making resolutions at New Year’s. Really, I love resolutions all the …

Phyllo Chicken Pot Pie

Being committed to a healthy diet doesn’t mean you’re immune to drooling a bit every time you see an indulgent shot of comfort food. I basically …

Spinach & Sausage Nibblers - The Midnight Baker

Spinach & Sausage Nibblers (phyllo cup method)<p>What a great idea for game day.<p>Same filling used in 2 different styles of nibbles.<p>The first uses phyllo …

A Russian Peasant Party

<i>Food52's Managing Editor Brette Warshaw is throwing</i> <i>no-stress weeknight parties for anyone, anytime, and (almost) every kitchen. You're invited.</i><p><i>Today: If you ever needed an excuse to serve peasant food at a dinner party, this is it.</i><p>I hear you over there, moaning. Oy, it's so cold. Oy, it snowed …