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Re: “East Bay Bike Routes for Urban Explorers

Nice comprehensive look at some local rides. In terms of the Pinehurst ride, I like to take BART to Lafayette, depart through the back entrance and cycle over to the Lafayette/Moraga off road bike trail, past St Mary's, then to the EBMUD reservoir and do some birdwatching before cycling through Canyon and the redwoods before coming up Pinehurst and have lunch on the bench where it intersects with Skyline, look at views of Mt Diablo before heading back via Old Tunnel Road, Snake or Shepherd's Canyon. A great 3 or so hour ride with some hills and great vistas, sun and partial shade. I've also written about the Niles Canyon ride here but biker beware!
http://www.loakal.com/niles-canyonpalomare…

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Posted by Karen Hester on 05/20/2015 at 4:22 PM

Re: “East Bay Food Trucks Get Caffeine Boost

love this!!!!! tea on wheels. best tea ever. faves so far are mrs. rooiboson and jade fade. can't wait to see you in the neighborhood!

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Posted by paulina graziose on 05/20/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “A Guide to Smoking at East Bay Bars

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Posted by Editor on 04/25/2015 at 11:19 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

Jason , there are plans available to build a shipping container homes and you don't have to be a builder or architect !! Visit here for more info http://howtobuildashippingcontainerhome.blogspot.co.nz/

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Posted by Patrick Kaa on 04/25/2015 at 4:14 PM

Re: “The Year of the Vape

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Posted by Editor on 04/24/2015 at 9:49 PM

Re: “A Surprising and Effective Way to Reduce Waste

How about just bring your own tupperware and get a discount?

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Posted by Paul Lee on 04/21/2015 at 12:29 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

This has long been a pattern worldwide in developing countries. I suggest readers wiki "favela."

I also suggest the award-winning film "City of God."

The bottom line is that the inequalities of capitalism need to be faced up to. There's no simple workaround.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/19/2015 at 1:46 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

Anyone in Maine who does Tiny Homes or could help with what goes along with building one? I'm very interested! Tired of renting and am wanting to build my own

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Posted by Nikki Eichhorn on 04/19/2015 at 1:34 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

What about Katrina Cottage style communities, arranged in a court with common land?

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Posted by Nadja Adolf on 04/19/2015 at 6:55 AM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

Thank you Anna Pulley for the great article! I can't boast that my tiny shack is the most practical or easy to build but since the 8'X8' box was made for around $3000.00, I estimate that you can add square footage by expanding the shack with the addition of more insulated paneling that I think works out to be about $1,000.00 per every 32sq feet added, which would be 8 more 4'by 4' insulated panels that could be easily integrated into my current design. You can see more detailed photos of my creative habitation unit at ectoplasmicrustica.weebly.com.

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Posted by Robert Stone on 04/18/2015 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Get Creative About Conserving Water

The showerhead referred to above stops the hot water flow, but it doesn't stop the cold water from running out the shower while it's warming up. It's not going to save water. The best way to save water in the shower is a 1.5 or 2 gpm showerhead (free from EBMUD) and a bucket to catch the cold water and then get in right away, get your business done and get out. Better yet, turn the water off while you are soaping, shampooing etc....

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Posted by Marguerite Young on 04/17/2015 at 8:02 AM

Re: “Top Twelve Dive Bars in the East Bay

It's not listed, but Smitty's on Grand Ave is a pretty solid dive. Can't wait to try Baggy's.

Posted by kevin wenderoth on 04/16/2015 at 5:55 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

A well-written article. I forgot to add that.

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Posted by Matt Pajamas on 04/16/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

I like the little innovations but living in a dilapidated neighborhood near nothing inside a rectangular metal box makes me feel claustrophobic. I welcome innovation but I don't want to live in an episode of the walking dead minus the zombies.

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Posted by Matt Pajamas on 04/16/2015 at 5:48 PM

Re: “A Surprising and Effective Way to Reduce Waste

Just wondering about all the environmental benefits of all those dining-out customers driving back and forth to get their meals/turn in their reusable containers.

I wonder when someone will come up with the environmental benefit of learning to cook the food you grow in your garden.

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Posted by Hobart Johnson on 04/16/2015 at 10:03 AM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

I hear that Chinese workers have been living in converted shipping containers for years. It seems various humanitarian groups have complained about this for years.

I wonder who has to clean up the pollution caused by those Tiny Houses that lack sewer connections?

Nothing like making slumlords trendy.

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Posted by Nadja Adolf on 04/16/2015 at 10:01 AM

Re: “A Surprising and Effective Way to Reduce Waste

This is the second best news I've heard all week! (The first is Hillary Clinton echoing Robert Reich's talking points on her "listening tour.")

P.S. I'm booking a reservation at Standard Fare pronto!

Posted by LMorland on 04/16/2015 at 12:52 AM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

Shipping container houses aren't new and Iseman and Stewart's design and construction is amateur at best. Plus if you watch the video you'll see they were renting substandard homes with no sewer connection to other people. There's a word for people who do that: Slumlord.

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Posted by Stephen Jackson on 04/15/2015 at 7:07 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

I just saw a great blog by a Realtor in the Bay Area on this topic: http://kristenvonbargen.com/2015/04/14/home-design-space-saving-ideas/

The soaring housing costs in CA are really pushing us to do what many Europeans (and other cultures) have done forever.

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Posted by Katharine Hankus on 04/15/2015 at 3:03 PM

Re: “An Innovative Solution to Soaring Housing Costs

Instead of high-density high-rise blight, put tiny houses on the land and let people live at a human scale.

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Posted by Mary Eisenhart on 04/15/2015 at 1:45 PM

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