Cities in crisis: Rehousing the American Dream

I live in a Canadian border city. It is not urban; it's a collection of suburbs with giant malls as focal points. It's an inefficient arrangement, and it's exactly the type of town that's been torn down by the foreclosure crisis. It's the type of town that a group of architects and designers at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC would like to change. Running now until August 13th is the exhibit "Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream."


How to make temporary art

One thing really makes a place look lived-in, and that's hanging art on the wall. It takes a commitment to put a nail into plaster to hang a picture, and seeing art you've committed to hanging immediately makes you feel in control of your space.

While you're waiting for art you love to come along, you can liven up a room with your own art — or your family's! Round up the necessities, and I'll meet you in the driveway for a seriously easy step-by-step guide to making art for your home you'll be proud of.