November 5, 2013

Downtown survivalists

Culture clash: Off-Grid vs. Detroit locals

Downtown survivalistsTwo years ago, residents of Goldengate Street in Detroit MI were scratching their heads as people with strange names like Coconut and Mars started moving into the street’s abandoned homes, decorating them in wild colors and planting vegetable gardens in empty lots.
It was a culture clash from the beginning. Establishing a utopian community in a rough area proved harder than expected.
There’s about a dozen or so of them now, along with waves of couch surfers who pass through. They live in houses with no electricity or water or heat. They warm themselves with wood-burning stoves and wash themselves outside with buckets of water on warmer days. Their toilets are outhouses.

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Thoreau home solar panels

Solar Walden

(PRWEB) November 05, 2013 – Henry David Thoreau, illustrious American writer, philosopher, and naturalist, is going off the grid once again, 168 years after his famous experiment in living deliberately in a simple cabin at Walden Pond

The Thoreau Farm Trust is launching a fundraising effort to install a solar photovoltaic system at Thoreau’s birthplace in Concord, Massachusetts. In support of this project, a crowdfunding page on Indiegogo has been established (https://www.bit.ly/1eNdZQi) and an anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations up to $12,000.

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