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How Out of Work Architects Are Paying the Bills

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More on those rentable Christmas trees: The New York Times brings us this cutesy story about an out-of-work landscape architect in LA (most of his work was in, gulp, Dubai) who's since started a recyclable Christmas tree business. The architect, Scott Martin, has bio-diesel trucks deliver live, potted trees around the city that people can hold on to for three weeks. After that, the evergreens are picked up and planted in "industrial properties"—renters who love their tree can also request to have the same one next year. Much of the delivery help comes from unemployed architects: "they are willing, for $15 an hour, to put on reindeer antlers and tell people Merry Christmas." [NY Times]