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22- Evaluating Philly, Part Two

Having identified an affordable plot in Philly to build a tiny home on, I realize that evaluation can’t stop there. I have to address my reasons for this simple living experiment: autonomy, community and sustainability. With these values in mind, how might life in Philadelphia look like the one I have now? How might it look different?

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21- Evaluating Philly, Part One

When I started investigating tiny living in 2013, finding a place to do legality was a major feat. But as I take a look at the landscape today, I realize that there are many more ways to evaluate a place for your lifestyle design.

Although I didn’t before, I started my Philly evaluation with a search of vacant residential plots at the local tax auction.

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20- Replicability

When crowds of people shout their solutions in the midst of a problem, we get a cacophony of discord. But when they offer solutions supported by replicated data, we can form consensus and make change together.

Scientifically speaking, replicability—the ability to repeat an experiment with statistically-similar results—is how we

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19- This Autonomous Life

Last month on my drive from Texas back to New York, I stopped at my father’s place for a few days. Sitting across from me one morning, he took a slow sip of his coffee, smiled and said, “You know Rae-Rae, you are really something else.”

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18- Tips for Purchasing Land at Tax Auction

In April of 2017, I purchased my first piece of land at a county tax auction. I had previously searched for years using every (traditional) method I could find. Two years after purchasing at my first auction, here are my tips for those seeking to do the same:

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03- Enough

In the US, we view money as a good you can never have too much of. More is always better. More than currency, it is a measuring stick for freedom, choice, opportunity and the future—which  makes it hard for many to settle on a number to describe “enough.”

In 2010, economists Daniel Kahneman and Angus…

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