Small Towns and Rural Communities

Small Towns and Rural Communities

Small Towns and Rural Communities Saving America’s Soul one Micro-Brew at a Time In the 20th century, we saw the sharpest decline in rural and small communities in the history of human existence. The hardship, lack of opportunity and big city luxury drove people to seek the faster paced lifestyle of the cities. This has grown into a near resentment at worst between the urbanites and rural dwellers. At best, it is mutually considered a…

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Humble Abode

Humble Abode

Humble Abode Million Dollar View at Half the Price Local gatherings flourish at the home of Mark Marin’s Loleta cottage. Whoever said you had to write a seven figure check for a million dollar view must not have been shopping in the right neighborhood. While many flock to the city for a fast-paced life, there’s still an abundance others who prefer the great outdoors.   Mark’s house hunt began in December of 2011 and ended almost…

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Papercrete: The Starting Point for Very Low Cost Construction

Papercrete: The Starting Point for Very Low Cost Construction

Papercrete: The Starting Point for Very Low Cost Construction  What is Papercrete? It’s simply shredded newspaper, Portland cement and sand in somewhat variable proportions of 60/20/20. Papercrete is blended in a homemade drum mixer into a wet slurry, and poured into brick forms, or pumped into formworks to make walls. This building material has great potential because it is cheap, utilizing unwanted newspapers, magazines, cardboard and junk mail, plus local sand and dirt. Papercrete can…

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