New Slow City

New Slow City

Living Simply in the World's Fastest City

Book - 2014
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"Burnt out after years of doing development and conservation work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot by 12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina. Could he live a similarly minimalist way in the belly of the go-go beast - New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot micro apartment in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a 20-hour work week, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, rooftop gardening and beekeeping, and Glassphemy! recycling. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers practical inspiration to anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly"-- Provided by publisher.
"Memoir of a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity in New York City, exploring micro-apartments, rooftop gardens, and the slow food movement, and seeking an alternative to overwork and consumerism, by an environmental writer, professor, and fellow of the World Policy Institute"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Novato, California : New World Library, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781608682393
Branch Call Number: 304.2097 POWERS
Characteristics: xii, 255 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: New slow city


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Sep 11, 2017

The only thing I enjoyed about this book is the New York scapes.

This is a man (and his partner) who downsized to a tiny apt. in New York. One moment he is excited about living in the middle of the city, convenient to everything. The next he is agonizing over parting with his belongs even though he made a conscious decision to downsize.

Eating at fancy, expensive restaurants in his neighborhood but acting shocked and repelled because his wife bought a six dollar cupcake at a local bakery. He also complained about the amount of advertising that is around him. Are you kidding me? You are living in NY. Did you just notice this?


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