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The Worm’s Emporium vendor mall offers diversity and stability for makers and artists on South Street

Just off South Street, pink neon lights up the new sign outside Worm’s Emporium, a boutique-style vendor art mall. Inside the light, airy space, handcrafted fine art and craft pieces delicately line shelves constructed by cofounder Sabrena Wishart. Vendor stalls showcase a variety of mediums including ceramics, drawing, upcycled clothing, stickers and much more. Each

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An indigenous father reflects on raising a daughter in the outdoor and indoor “classrooms” that the city offers

Fatherhood, for me, has been a course in community building and reclaiming collective cultural memory. As the son of a social worker and a Vietnam veteran (working with jazz musicians in Brooklyn post-war), I prayed for a daughter named Coltrane so that my parents would see that I understood the lessons that they taught through

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Glue traps off Target shelves after PETA push

Target has agreed to stop stocking glue traps in response to advocacy by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Glue traps are small boards with a layer of adhesive, placed sticky side up, that are meant to trap mice. The mice, with all feet stuck on the glue, die slowly from exhaustion and

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Our columnist reflects on how the urban wilderness has changed and how he’s changed as well

Over the last decade I have searched abandoned riverfront properties for skinks and black rat snakes, spooking deer and watching warblers, as I climbed over riprap shorelines and picked my way across the rotting timbers of overgrown piers. A city in decay offers the naturalist unlimited opportunities, while a city on the rise takes them

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Dear Lois, what does restoration mean to you?

Before restoring anything, it’s important to examine what can stay as-is and what needs to be repaired, replaced or given a good scrubbing. It’s also important to have a strong end-vision. It takes belief to bring something back to life. To build it up, to improve and strengthen it. If you can’t envision it, how

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