Virginia C McGuire

Virginia C McGuire


I write about credit cards, general personal finance, real estate, architecture, gardening and cities.

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'Afterschooling' no punishment

Cathy Young stands on a narrow strip of beach. She tells her audience, six kids from Philadelphia, that she sees...

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Stylish wreckage -

You can see Chris Stock's work all over the city:A white marble countertop at Earth Bread + Brewery in Mount Airy was once part of the dance floor at the Divine Lorraine Hotel. The Night Kitchen...

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A factory-ready family -

Gone are the urinals from the men's room, the fake Roman columns out front, and the wet bar.But in the tin-toy-factory-turned-milk-bottling-plant-turned-church-turned-catering-hall, the ballroom...

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Town By Town: In Chesterfield, creating an urban environment amid farmland

One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If you're looking for a place that defines "smart growth," look no further than Chesterfield Township. A rural community of almost 8,000, it has succeeded in concentrating growth into 560 acres of its 21.5 square miles called...