An Epidemic Of Loneliness — Among Lawyers and Doctors

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Katie Davis spends her afternoons and evenings in therapy sessions with kids. As a clinical psychologist in private practice on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Davis helps young patients through severe anxiety, mood disorders and other mental health challenges in order to improve their educational attainment. She says she’s “taking on all of their struggles,” and she’s doing so without an outlet for … Continue reading An Epidemic Of Loneliness — Among Lawyers and Doctors

The Future of Food (Is Now)

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Living with a gluten intolerance means sacrificing warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies, my mom’s mouth-melting dark chocolate cake and everything bagels smothered in cream cheese, all for the sake of a happy and functioning digestive tract. Some foods have made valiant attempts to fill this void, but despite the new era of gluten-free awareness, finding decent baked-good alternatives has been a … Continue reading The Future of Food (Is Now)

50 Is The New 20

BY OLIVIA MILTNER The new Penzone is like stepping into a room that has collected everything millennial women are into. The salon and spa has plants growing on the walls, succulents decorating tables and health juices and energy balls for thirsty or hungry patrons. Local art hangs on the walls, they sell local beauty products, and sandwiches sit in the refrigerator. Crimson Cup coffee, with … Continue reading 50 Is The New 20

Columbus Vacant Housing Redevelopment

Since 2012, the city of Columbus has torn down more than 1,000 vacant houses to improve neighborhoods. But the city is having trouble developing the lots. One goal was to rebuild single family homes, but that’s only happened a few dozen times. One reason is the process is tough for average home buyers to navigate. BY OLIVIA MILTNER Four years ago, the city tore down … Continue reading Columbus Vacant Housing Redevelopment

Why saffron farming is blooming in unlikely places

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Micheline Sylvestre is unlike most saffron farmers. She waits until later in the day, after all the dew is gone, to pick her flowers, while most of her peers pick theirs first thing in the morning. Last year, when it snowed early in the season, she picked 300 as she was shoveling with her dad. Two years ago, she was still finding … Continue reading Why saffron farming is blooming in unlikely places

The San Francisco firebrand looking to reshape the city

BY OLIVIA MILTNER Sonja Trauss doesn’t seem like someone who frequents cocktail parties. Genuine and attentive, yes, but she’s far more at ease debating solutions to San Francisco’s housing crisis than mingling and making small talk. However, these soirees have become a regular part of Trauss’ routine — a necessity for a candidate on the fundraising circuit. Trauss, head of the San Francisco Bay Area Renters’ Federation, … Continue reading The San Francisco firebrand looking to reshape the city

City planning for natural disasters pivots from ‘recovery to resilience’

BY OLIVIA MILTNER After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, city officials realized they needed to rebuild in a way that made the city safer and stronger than before. The city released its resilience strategy 10 years later, in what New Orleans Deputy Mayor Jeff Hebert described as a “pivot from recovery to resilience.” The strategy, used today, is a plan that accounts for … Continue reading City planning for natural disasters pivots from ‘recovery to resilience’

Prehistoric agricultural practices could offer solutions for modern tropical forest conservation

BY OLIVIA MILTNER A new study that reviewed how prehistoric people impacted tropical forests thousands of years ago could present ideas for more effective conservation strategies. Among the findings, the study provides a glimpse of tropical agricultural that differs greatly from common farming practices today. The review, recently published in the journal Nature Plants, found that humans have been managing forests around the world for … Continue reading Prehistoric agricultural practices could offer solutions for modern tropical forest conservation