Increasing numbers of Americans are leading self-sufficient lives, including the Lazzara family, which lives in the mountains of Vermont — off the electric grid. The family uses its own water supply and food. Reporter Elise Linscott spent a weekend with the Lazzaras, and found out why they prefer rural living over any city landscape – even if it means living without the modern comforts of a typical home.
The Department of Homeland Security is including in its 2014 budget a request for a feasibility study to charge people to cross the border. Tourism, business and legislative interests in New York’s north country say the idea could harm economic ties between the U.S. and Canada.
Foreign Direct Investment magazine has issued its biennial ‘Cities of the Future’ rankings. Montreal and New York City rank highly on the major metropolitan lists. Plattsburgh, New York also ranks in the top five micropolitan areas of economic potential.
Business and tourism interests in northern New York are praising an announcement by Transport Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Department of Transportation, that up to 47-million dollars will be invested in infrastructure upgrades at the border crossing north of Plattsburgh.