Neighborhood

New Tool: Sony A55 DSLR Camera

by Josh on July 10, 2011 · 9 comments

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It won’t be kept in my workshop, but you’ll notice the contribution of this tool to every project I share.  It’s my new Sony a55 dslr camera. I have owned film slr cameras before, but never a digital version.  I’ve been casually shopping them for a while, but I really got inspired when I saw […]

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Cobbles and Rails

by Josh on March 18, 2011 · 9 comments

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Before April showers and May flowers come March potholes. But in my neighborhood, potholes aren’t just a seasonal inconvenience, they’re also a history lesson. Just take a look at what lies beneath the veneer of modernity that is two inches of asphalt: That is a streetcar rail set in amid granite street pavers at an […]

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Home Tour Highlights

by Josh on May 2, 2009 · 1 comment

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Last weekend I visited a handful of homes on the Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour. Three of the four homes I toured were near my neighborhood and the fourth I sought out specifically for its energy improvements. Although this post will include several photos with descriptions, additional photos can be found in the 2009 […]

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Local Events Roundup

by Josh on April 24, 2009 · 4 comments

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For my readers in the Twin Cities area, there are a number of excellent events coming up over the next few weekends that deserve your consideration. Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour Saturday, April 25, 2009, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2009, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Free This event showcasing urban living […]

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Someday: Front Steps

by Josh on December 22, 2008 · 4 comments

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My recent post about the trouble with the downspout and pavement at the front of the house reminded me of another topic I haven’t posted on yet: the front steps. Although I don’t have a picture to prove it, I’m certain my house originally had street-facing front steps with brick wing walls on the sides. […]

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A few weekends ago, I stole away from my own house projects long enough to catch the last hour of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club‘s 2008 Home Tour. I only had time to make it to the first house on the tour, but it was a good one– a nearby bungalow with a contractor for […]

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Neighborhood Paint Ideas

by Josh on May 2, 2008 · 6 comments

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It was such a beautiful day yesterday that I persuaded my oldest son to walk the mile from our house to his preschool while I pushed the toddler in the stroller. Along the way, I snapped some pictures of other bungalows in the neighborhood.

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The Man On The Street

by Josh on April 15, 2008 · 7 comments

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I was playing with my older son on the front sidewalk a couple days ago when a guy walking by stopped to ask me about the neighborhood. It turns out he’s been looking at properties in the area and is thinking of buying a house just up the block from us. Ms. Bungalow and I […]

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Home Tour Highlights

by Josh on May 8, 2006 · 1 comment

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With a major work commitment over the weekend, the only house-related project I had time for was ogling other people’s completed house renovations on the Minneapolis & St. Paul Home Tour. Let’s call it “research.”

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New Neighbor

by Josh on February 7, 2006 · 1 comment

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We have a new neighbor down the block– our neighborhood association. I’ve been meaning to get involved in the neighborhood for months, and I got further encouragement from the previous owners of our house when we had them over for dinner this past weekend. They both served on neighborhood action groups when they lived here. […]

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