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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/21/2013 4:53:22 PM
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Re: Bring back the best, and ditch the rest
Amy, yes, we must cover urban bee keeping! We'll put it on our list. Urban chickens, too, will have their day on Future Cities. So much to look forward to.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/21/2013 4:52:05 PM
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Re: Danger, danger - Murphy bed on the loose
Haha, no Amy, I'm grateful to say it's not! That's just a random stranger. I don't own a Murphy Bed... yet, but I do make my bed daily!

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
11/21/2013 4:38:12 PM
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Danger, danger - Murphy bed on the loose
Nicole, is that you about to get pummeled by that thing? 

I for one think they look awesome, very Scandinavian. But I guess you have to make the bed every day. 

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
11/21/2013 4:08:58 PM
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Re: Bring back the best, and ditch the rest
Yep, coffee houses - and TEA houses, too! Even more "ye olde."

I agree that the rise of the solopreneur has given rise to a new generation of coffeehouses, Nicole, and also in the vein of buying locally, another one of your items, indie coffee shops, kind of a backlash against our Starbucks-saturated culture. 

You had farming on your list. A subset of that would be urban beekeeping! I'd love to see FC cover this as there is some buzz around it (sorry). Apparently around DC there is a whole underground beekeeping network of folks building their own apiaries. I don't think it's legal, but I do think it's a bona fide trend. I would be shocked if there weren't something comparable in NYC. 

Urban foraging, too. And chickens on rooftops. And...

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/20/2013 12:31:46 PM
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Re: Bring back the best, and ditch the rest
PhilClark: Interesting addition, and thanks for the extra info about why they were on the rise during previous centuries. What do you attribute their rise to now? I'm wondering if it's in response to the fact that more people are working remotely and often seek out coffee shops to sit with their laptops and tablets, and conduct meetings...

PhilClark
PhilClark  
11/20/2013 11:19:06 AM
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Re: Bring back the best, and ditch the rest
I'd agree Nicole and add an 11th. The return of the coffee house.

in London the rise of the coffee house in the 17th and 18th century coincided with new thinking in politics, social affairs and culture.

i now see a new wave of indpendent coffee houses (not the S chain) springing up in London which hark back to that tradition but also point to how the city has evolved - many are set up by immigrants.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/20/2013 10:34:43 AM
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Re: Magic Beds
Toby, I love your idea about having a hammock for sleeping that doubles as a shopping bag -- too cool! I don't know how it would be to sleep in one now, but we had a great rope hammock in my house when I was really little and back then I couldn't get enough of it.

I considered a Murphy Bed when I first moved to Manhattan, figuring it'd be a nice space saver in a studio; but I didn't feel like dealing with the installation. The one we saw at the "Making Room" exhibit last year seemed awesome though, as it's part of the couch and also had a little shelf which can be used both when the bed is upright and when it's pulled out.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/20/2013 10:27:43 AM
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Re: Murphy Bed and Toliets
Thanks for the feedback, Resurgent, and I'm with you all the way. Very cool, re: the low-water toilet from your retreat. As was clear with Rich's blog about harvesting urine in Amsterdam, our waste products can be put to good use. Right now, all we're doing is wasting water and wasting waste; when we could and should be saving water and making use of our waste.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/20/2013 10:22:00 AM
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Re: Bicycles vs. horseback riding
"Pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists all need to (re-)learn how to share roadways..."

You're absolutely right, Terry. Right now, most people in each of those categories are moving around with a false sense of ownership and entitlement (indeed, even I have had my moments). Everyone needs to get a grip, realize that the roads are for sharing, and readjust. And, yeah, if people could obey the rules and laws, too, and take some safety precautions, that'd be great. If I see one more cyclist flying through a red light without wearing a helmet... or one more driver swerve into a bike lane in order to pass through traffic... or one more pedestrian just standing around in a bike lane looking down at his or her phone.... ahhhhhhhhh!!!!

Toby
Toby  
11/20/2013 5:15:21 AM
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Magic Beds
Well thet one looks like a great double for a leg exerciser...never thought of that. I used to have one that I would pop out of the wall for the kids as a sort of magic trick..until they grew too old to fall for it. They are a great idea although I would love to see one that works like a transformer toy to become a desk and chair rather than just folding up. Of course the ultimate space saver is the Hammock. Has anyone shown if a human being can get a good nights sleep in one..? Should be quite possibile given our origin in the trees of Africa. And what an efficient use of materials and space. you could have one that doubles as a shopping bag.

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