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Habitual Culture

We all have our routines: the coffee / tea in the morning, the weekly trip to the grocer / fruit stand / bodega. Once established, the familiar becomes the easy and comfortable way to get through the day. In a city full of people, these routines and habits (good or bad) can contribute to a city’s unique character. They’re probably not noticeable to the people who are living the life, but city habits are certainly something that expats may need to adjust to or

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Get Out of the Car

When Henry Ford started mass producing affordable automobiles, he changed the world with his inventions, business philosophies, and social policies. He also lived long enough to see the automobile literally drive the physical development of towns, cities and the highways of

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Manners in the City

When you’re living in the city, there are many opportunities to participate in events and interact with people. Although cultural differences can lead to misunderstandings, common basic manners should be universal whether you’re an expat, immigrant or tourist. However, there seem to be some combination of crowd mentality or a busy lifestyle where people forget the basics. It’s as if being one amongst many means manners no longer apply. Not true! Manners are social standards of conduct that are even more important in

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The Color of Money

In the United States, money is mostly green — much to the consternation of those new to the country who may used to bills and notes of different colors. Money is also whatever color the bank, retail or credit companies use for their cards. The recent financial crisis has exposed fraud, corruption and greed, but it has also highlighted a few realities: Americans are consumers and live on

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