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For past generations, “growing up” meant getting married, buying a home and starting a family. That’s not necessarily the typical path anymore.

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Nuclear families (those defined as a husband, wife and an average of 2.3 children) used to be the majority. These days, in many cities, living solo is common and may well be the new normal. Read on to learn more about what it means to be in charge of your own apartment household of one!

All right, let’s get this out of the way, right up front. Dining alone in a restaurant is neither a shameful thing nor an experience to avoid. Maybe you've had an experience like Jason Segel in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Sometimes a server does make a fuss, but, really, most are happy you're there -- if you are happy to be there, yourself. There’s an art to the solo dine. In the right frame of mind and with reasonable expectations, a solo diner can have a delicious experience. It helps if you like to eat, of course. These tidbits should help the reluctant learn from my own mistakes. Know thyself, dear diner, and feel free to enjoy a great meal, regardless of situational solitude!

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How would you like to live in a community where your grocery store is right around the corner, work is a 10-minute walk, and everything else you need just a quick light-rail ride away? No car necessary!

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Sound too good to be true? It’s becoming a reality. The idea of transit-oriented development, or TOD, -- conceptualized in the 1980s by architect Peter Calthorpe -- places travel centers like light rail and bus stations at the heart of a well-planned neighborhood. The goal is to reduce dependence on cars, increase ridership, and create vibrant neighborhoods where residents enjoy many valuable conveniences.

A culinary medium lending itself to unique combinations, outrageous toppings and crazy shapes, the doughnut is one of the most versatile foods around. The Dutch are largely credited with inventing doughnuts in the 19th century, but you don’t have to travel to Europe to try this treat, as some of the best fried rings can be found stateside (and no, we’re not talking about Krispy Kreme).

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Since the month of October is National Doughnut Month, you’ll want to go ahead and start planning ahead with our list of the best doughnut places nationwide. After all, who can resist the siren call of a hot, freshly made doughnut glistening with glaze?

Bans on smoking have drawn both controversy and congratulations in varying degrees across the country. In many apartment communities, there are rules are in place restricting smoking. Now, the introduction of a new technology that looks and feels like smoking -- without actually being tobacco smoking -- is reigniting the debate about where and when it’s appropriate to "light up." Should electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, be restricted along with other nicotine products to protect nonsmokers?

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Here’s the latest information we found for those who share apartment spaces.

hosting Christmas

Opening your home to others for Christmas can be daunting. For one, hosting Christmas is particularly stressful because there is the added pressure to make the holiday special and memorable. Just remember: hospitality is about showing your love and care for your guests. Make them feel welcome and comfortable, then no matter what goes wrong, they'll appreciate your effort and kindness. To insure a little holiday magic and cheery atmosphere, you need to carefully plan ahead. Apartment Guide has put together a helpful checklist to help you host Christmas with f

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