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3 Top Index Funds for Your IRA

Index funds can help you be a better investor. Here are three that retirement savers should consider.<p>Getting the best return out of your retirement …

The Most Inspiring Small Studio Apartments of All Time

Living in just one room with no walls to divide your bed from the kitchen or the living room is not easy. And when that one room is on the small …

How to Earn Passive Income: 15 Ways to Consider

It's hard to beat passive income. Instead of toiling for it, you can sit back and let the money flow in. Here are 15 examples of how you might …

Personal Finance

Surprising Indoor Plant Trends for 2018

Plants have exploded in popularity in the past couple of years, and monstera and sansevieria are now household names. At various times we've anointed …

No green thumb needed: 6 drought-tolerant herbs that are almost impossible to kill

If you have dutifully swapped out your lawn and flower gardens for water-miserly cactus and succulents, you can be excused for feeling a tad nostalgic for the lush, the scented, the flowering.<p>"When I just see succulents, it can feel a bit sparse or stark," admits Kelly Fernandez. But she has a …

The Original Monopoly Was Deeply Anti-Landlord

The game of cutthroat capitalism was actually intended as a lesson on wealth inequality.<p><i>Games expert Tristan Donovan's fascinating new book</i> It's All a Game<i>, out May 30 from Thomas Dunne Books, is a deep-dive into the unexpected stories behind some of the world's most popular board games. Readable</i> …

Update Your Everyday Essentials: 10 Classic Sheet Sets

(Image credit: West Elm)<p>Buying new sheets is one of those purchases we tend to put off, but, considering that you spend roughly a third of your life …

Pale or Powerful: See How Color Changes a Super Small Space

The coziness of a small space — or the closed-in, cramped feeling of one — isn't always due to how few square feet it is. What you fill a small room …

Spending Time Around Traffic Is Literally Destroying Your Brain

New research finds a marked increase in dementia among those living by busy roadways.<p>The highways around where I live in Portland, Oregon are like congestion voids—black holes or boundless oceans. You go in hoping to reappear elsewhere in the city or beyond, but without any assurance of exiting at …

Can This Radical Form Of Affordable Housing Development Make Cities More Livable?

By linking housing costs to income level, not market rates, community land trusts combat gentrification and create permanent affordable housing. As a big project opens in London, can other cities follow?<p>When St. Clement’s Hospital, a psychiatric institution, shuttered its doors in London in 2005, …

Universal basic income is becoming an urgent necessity | Guy Standing

Finland is trialling an unconditional income scheme, and studies show its benefits. I’d bet my own income that the idea would work here in the UK<p>The 20th century income distribution system has broken down irretrievably. Globalisation, technological change and the move to flexible labour markets has …

Leaked Pentagon Video About The Future Of Megacities Is So Very Grim

The website <i>The Intercept</i> has obtained what they say is a leaked Pentagon video that glumly describes a hellish future of massive, chaotic megacities, …

Mega Cities

Hey, Leonardo DiCaprio: true climate champions don’t fight against urban density [Updated]

<b>UPDATE:</b> The post below says that Leonardo DiCaprio is a supporter of an LA ballot measure called the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. It turns out he is not. After this post (and Alissa Walker's original post) was published, a DiCaprio rep contacted me to clarify. A while back, DiCaprio signed a …

Urban Design

We found which Bay Area cities aren't pulling their weight on housing

An exclusive analysis of regional jobs and housing with surprising conclusions<p>Those comments followed the resignation of Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commissioner Kate Vershov Downing, who wrote in an open letter that, among other things, high housing prices pushed her and her family out …

Bay Area's crazy traffic shown in 1-minute time lapse

Sure, as commuters in the Bay Area, we all feel like traffic is horrible. In fact, some think that it may never improve.<p>Watching Bay Area traffic, as seen via Google Maps, in a time lapse that tracks backups and driving trends, really drives at least one point home: Traffic gets pretty heinous.<p>Yuji …

Commuting

How to Make Exposed Pipes Chic: 11 Brilliant Solutions

(Image credit: Blueprint)<p>Exposed pipes and radiators—the bane of apartment, loft, and refurbished factory dwellers everywhere. As if it wasn't bad …

Why the Rent vs. Buy Debate Is Completely Pointless

After saving up for a long time, I recently bought a home, which caught some of my friends off guard. “I thought you were anti-homeownership,” they …

Personal Finance

10 space-saving furniture designs for small homes

City dwellers are adapting to escalating house prices by living in smaller, more flexible spaces, and designers are responding with furniture that …

Furniture

Just Turned 40? An Architect Says It's Time To Design For Aging

When Architect Matthias Hollwich was approaching 40, he wondered what the next 40 years of his life might look like. He looked into the architecture that serves older adults, places like retirement communities and assisted living facilities, and didn't like what he saw. But what if we changed our …

University of Pennsylvania

A First Look Inside WeWork’s New “Coliving” Spaces

As the popular coworking startup turns to housing, design could be key to making the model sustainable.<p>In January, <i>Fast Company</i> broke the news that the coworking startup WeWork was beta testing its first “coliving” spaces in New York. Today, the company is opening the space–a residential extension …

WeWork

Look How Much Better a City Can Be When It Designs for People Not Cars

Open <i>kinja-labs.com</i><p>It’s a common argument when a city wants to take away space for cars: “This isn’t Amsterdam.” But guess what, Amsterdam—where half …

15 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Almost Impossible To Kill

Back in elementary school most of us learned that plants help clean the air through a process called photosynthesis. Which is fanastic when we think …

How can cities be improved for older people? Share your experiences

Cities around the world are seeing a rise in ageing populations. Wherever you live, share your experiences of urban life in older age and how it can be improved<p>As lifespans get longer, we are seeing the demographic balance in many of our cities transform, with a significant rise in ageing …

Car fumes are killing us. So why isn’t anyone telling us not to drive? | Susanna Rustin

The health risks from vehicle air pollution are well known: heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer. It’s time to follow the mayor of Paris – and ban motorists when necessary<p>One in three cars in Britain runs on diesel, and 95% of diesel cars emit more nitrogen oxides than is legally allowed, according …

How much house can you afford? Two easy ways to tell.

Home lenders use two popular metrics to approve loans. Knowing how they work can help you more confidently pursue the purchase of your first …

Personal Finance

You Can't Achieve Vision Zero If Pedestrians Don't Come First

A friendly reminder to Washington, D.C.<p>In December, Washington, D.C., became the latest American city to release a Vision Zero policy aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities. It’s an impressive action plan that says the right things about designing safer streets, implementing new regulations, and …

This hack for Netflix’s genre codes is about to vastly improve your life

Netflix has an almost unimaginably large content library. So large, in fact, that it can be pretty daunting. How do you pick a movie when you could …

Netflix Has Thousands of Secret Movie Categories You Can Only Access with This Hack

Oh hello, "Critically Acclaimed Romantic Dramas from the 1980s."<p>You know that horrible, rug-pulled-out-from-under-you, life-spinning-out-of-control feeling when you've poured the wine and settled into the couch and opened the Netflix...and realized there's nothing you want to watch? It's all okay …