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Winter rewind 2012: 20 posts to revisit
What do elderly Chinese IKEA shoppers, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed doghouses, Beethoven-playing dump trucks and Ice Cube have in common? They're all featured in this past winter's most popular posts.
Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Well folks, this is it ... 'winter' — or whatever you'd like to call that alarmingly mild season
that just passed — is officially dones-ville. But you wouldn't really know it here in New York City where today it hovered around 75 degrees and this here blogger ventured outside in a pair of Havaianas and cut-offs. Flip-flops and shorts in the Northeast in mid-March! So maybe summer, not spring, started today? Is that what happened? I have no clue — between the weird weather patterns and daylight saving time, I'm completely confused by everything. Looking back at my winter review post from last year
, things were apparently waaay
different. Thank you climate change, I guess.
Anyways, here's a look back at 20 of the most viewed, most commented on, and most liked green home and garden posts from the previous, winter-ish months. Perhaps you missed a few the first time around because you were busy not shoveling snow from your driveway. Or something. As always, it's an eclectic mix — I've thrown in a few of my personal favorite posts for good measure — heavy on public permaculture efforts, sustainable communities both existing and conceptual, disaster-resiliant housing, and long-dead architects.
What’s been your favorite post of mine from this past winter? Was there a particular story that I missed out on that you would like to have seen featured? Are there any topics that you'd like to see me tackle this spring and beyond? And as always, thank you for reading! If you aren't already, feel free to follow me on Twitter to keep up to speed.
• IKEA Shanghai: Love in the MDF Coffee Table Aisle — No matter how you may feel about IKEA's environmental policies, one thing's for sure: Eligible seniors in Shanghai simply adore the store's cafeteria where they descend, en masse, for weekly 'romance sessions.'
• Charles and Ray Eames: Architects Wit Attitude — In a promotional video for Pacific Standard Time, notorious rapper-turned-TBS producer Ice Cube pays homage to two unlikely OGs: Midcentury modern design icons Charles and Ray Eames.
• Messy yard equals jail time for strapped homeowner — A down-on-her-luck South Carolina homeowner is jailed for refusing to clean up her junk-filled front yard. Upon her release, good samaritans step in to help make things more aesthetically pleasing.
• Wam! Bam! Cuppow! — Have a couple of surplus Mason jars on your hands but officially feeling canned out? Try transforming 'em into reusable travel mugs and 'drink like a boss' with the recyclable, BPA-free Cuppow lid.
• Evergreen Homes: Columbia Station — Located a stone's throw from a light rail station and a host of ethnic restaurants and public amenities, Dwell Development's Columbia Station is a green micro-community in Seattle's Columbia City neighborhood.
• Wild Orchard: A food forest grows in Seattle — Taking Seattle's P-Patch concept to dizzying, permaculture-tastic new heights, a 7-acre plot of unused land in the middle of the city will be transformed into the nation's largest 'food forest.'
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