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Ruthie Portes

Ruthie is a summer marketing intern hailing from New York. She spends her days editing or writing articles, battling WordPress, navigating the strange world of social media, and sometimes out-nerding members of the marketing team. She is currently attempting to pull off a BA in writing and archaeology and a minor in French literature at Johns Hopkins University. She enjoys worshiping Jane Austen, pretending she isn't American, mourning the under-representation of curly haired folk in modern society, and all things horse-related. Ruthie is often seen navigating through crowds with her nose stuck in a book.

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5 signs only an insider would understand

5 signs only an insider would understand

| August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

Imagine you’re not a modern American who has grown up with signs streaming through your peripheral vision. You’ll realize that, in fact, many signs actually make no sense to outsiders. Not only can it be confusing as a newcomer to the United States, but you’ll even spot Americans wrinkling their foreheads at cryptic signs as they […]

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Creative new uses for old parking spots: Parking evolution or pedestrian revolution?

Creative new uses for old parking spots: Parking evolution or pedestrian revolution?

| August 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

With humans becoming more aware of our damaging footprint on the earth, cities have become more eco-friendly. All over the world, signs of our changing mentality are cropping up. One such outlet of change is the still new, but trundling forward: the idea of parking evolution. Parking spaces are being turned into parklets, gardens, outdoor […]

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How curb territoriality is settled in the animal world—I mean—the city

How curb territoriality is settled in the animal world—I mean—the city

| July 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Finding a parking spot is difficult in any city. With alternate-side parking, too many cars, and the innate need for territory, being a car-owning newcomer to a city can feel like being a kitten in a jungle. And in some cities, it’s getting worse: available parking is shrinking, law enforcement is cracking down, and population […]

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5 funny bumper stickers that highlight the resilience of the human race

5 funny bumper stickers that highlight the resilience of the human race

| July 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Since the dawn of time, humans have been facing situations with boundless wit, sarcasm, and sometimes frighteningly dark humor. How else could we have survived the ice age? And we’re still doing it today, broadcasting out our sense of humor with every available avenue, including our cars. Bumper stickers provide a wonderful source of entertainment […]

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The 5 classes of bad parking jobs

The 5 classes of bad parking jobs

| July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Bad parking jobs. We’ve all seen them, we’ve all done them (apparently double parking isn’t really accepted anywhere but NYC, who knew?), and we all get extremely annoyed when bad parking inconveniences us. Ridiculing bad parking jobs has become something of a cultural movement; there are even several blogs and websites that collect pictures of terrible […]

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