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Those communal closets may help declutter your private living space, but they’re deadly for public space.
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With Philadelphia’s housing boom comes more stuff — and more self-storage locations | Inga Saffron

Those communal closets may help declutter your private living space, but they’re deadly for public space.
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The fire Monday at Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral reminds us how easy it is to lose the great accomplishments of our civilization.

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Free Library adapts Parkway building to make room for events, workshops, meetings — and a few books, too | Inga Saffron

Despite being a little generic, the new spaces promise to rejuvenate an important civic institution.

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