Below are links to a small representative selection of Miriam's published writing. To search a more complete list, see the virtual archive (note that Metroland pages are not well indexed by Google, so this is a bit hit or miss). For more columns, visit the Looking Up page.
Can Lease-Purchase Save Us?
As developers struggle to find buyers for rehabbed affordable homes, many are looking to a lease-purchase model to expand the pool of potential owners. But lease-purchase is far more complicated than just an end-run around the credit crunch.
Shelterforce, Winter 2010
Facing financial difficulties as new technology takes customers away, the United States Postal Service reviewed 3,300 branches to find those that could be deemed disposable. In low-income communities, just how disposable are the final 162?
Shelterforce, Spring 2010
Babies Sleep Safest Where?
A well-intentioned public-health campaign in New York state may harm as many infants as it helpsif not more. (And similar campaigns are underway all over the country.)
Metroland, Oct. 9, 2008
Your baby isn't lactose intolerant. Trust me.
Babble.com, March 10, 2008
The Truth About Lead
Official advice about lead poisoning is either too scary or not scary enough.
Babble.com, Sept. 17, 2007
Small Is BeautifulAgain
The shrinking cities movement imagines revitalization without growthand housing advocates take a hard look at what that means for the poor.
Shelterforce, Summer 2007
Falls Guys (pdf)
A battle over restoring an abused, but historic waterfall pits an engineer against an environmentalist; and at first glance, they are taking unlikely sides
Metroland, June 9, 2005
Follow up: Who Owns the Rights to the River?
A shell game keeps regulators from considering all the options for Cohoes Falls
Metroland, April 3, 2008
Tech Valley: Boom, Bust, or Buzz?
A detailed look at the realities of New York's new "high tech" region.
Metroland, Oct. 23, 2003
Time to rethink racking up those points/miles with your favorite local business
Metroland, Looking Up, February 18, 2010
Government by Wall Street?
Obama needs to quit pandering to Wall Street, and quickly
Metroland, Looking Up, June 11, 2009
Weeds and Taxes
About the deals we strike and then retroactively moralize about
Metroland, Looking Up, April 16, 2009
Toddlers in Love
I swore I wouldn't play matchmaker with my kids...
Babble.com, Feb. 12, 2009
The Unapologetic City
If I were in grad school, this would be my thesis
Metroland, Looking Up, May 3, 2007
Another Kind of Urban Mortality
In praise of ruins. . .
Metroland, Looking Up, March 8, 2007
Can You Be a Little More Precise?
Don't talk to me about "bad" neighborhoods.
Metroland, Looking Up, July 29, 2004
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Penis
Troy artist Jess Fink makes erotic comics to please an oft-overlooked population of porn consumers: women
Metroland, Feb. 8, 2007
When Listening Isn't Enough
An ethos of making music as well as enjoying it pervades the New York Capital Region's nationally known folk-music scene
Metroland, Aug. 26, 2004
Don't Replace Those Old Wood Windows!
Though many people think of window replacements as the eco thing to do, the facts don't add up.
Real Green, Winter 2009
From the Eating Economically at the Co-op column
Coop Scoop, February 2009
Real Green, Spring 2008
Tomorrow Is Another Day
The dress rehearsal is a disaster, your carefully planned details are coming undone, and youre about to break downdont worry, your wedding will still be beautiful
Metroland, Bridal Guide 2008
What's Left to Give?
How to shop for the really, really old folks on your list
Metroland, Holiday Gift Guide 2007
It's Your Call (pdf)
Among all the decisions for the big day is one that will last long after the thank-you notes are sent: What will you do about last names?
Metroland, Bridal Guide 2005
Greening Your Rental
Green-living tips often assume that you own your home, but with a little imagination, you can find plenty of ways to apply them to your rented house or apartment
Real Money, April/May 2002
A Community Whodunit
Review of The Long Stair by Kirby White
Shelterforce, Summer 2006
Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness
A short interview with author Chris Mercogliano
Babble.com, Nov. 9, 2007
Healing From War
A review of The Golden Tortoise and War and the Soul, both by Ed Tick
Metroland, Dec. 8, 2005