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Opinion essays and letters from our readers.

Strong Families

Strong families are an essential part of strong communities. Whether your family fits into the traditional model or not, neighborhoods thrive best when their families — groups of people who support each other with love — have the support they need. Along with adding two new regular columns on pet health and the natural world, […]

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An Agenda to Build Neighborhood Commerce

“In a healthy community, people will be richer in . . . the health and pleasure of neighborhood than in their bank accounts.” -Wendell Berry From the essay, “Conservation is Good Work,” published 1991, appearing in Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community by Wendell Berry, Pantheon, 1993, pp. 40-41. If we think of this task of […]

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Introducing the Riverwest Currents

Riverwest Currents has been published as a neighborhood newsletter over the past three years. It was started by Vince Bushell, a community planner, and Jeanne Geraci, a community organizer for the YMCA. Now in monthly newspaper form, Riverwest Currents is supported by a grant from H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities Made Equal). Part of our mission is […]

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Programs Can Assist First-Time Homebuyers

by Vince Bushell I asked Riverwest residents in 1999 what they liked about living here. The most common answers: the neighborhood is affordable, diverse, and it offers a city life-style. They also wanted to keep it that way. One way to help stabilize the housing market is to increase the number of homeowners, especially those […]

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