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Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane
Special to CNBC.com

Colleen Kane is a writer for CNBC.com covering luxury and unusual real estate as well as travel and other topics. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Oxford American, Bust, Spin, the anthology Madonna and Me, and in many other publications. She created the urban exploration website Abandoned Baton Rouge and more recently set her camera sights on the ruins of Borscht Belt resorts.

Follow her on Twitter @colleenkane

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  • Coolest Small Cars Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 11:31 AM ET
    Not so long ago, boat-sized cars cruised the motorways of this wide-open country. If you wanted to see a tiny car, you’d have to go to Europe or watch a Mentos ad (which looked suspiciously like they were shot in Europe). But with the continuing interest in fuel efficiency and smaller carbon footprints, microcars have grown more common, with new compact concept cars springing up at every auto show. While of fuel economy and environmental concerns provide much of the motivation for buying a small

    With the continuing interest in fuel efficiency and smaller carbon footprints, microcars have grown more common, with new compact concept cars springing up at every auto show. Here are some outstanding favorites.

  • Reality TV Show Houses: Where Are They Now? Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    The celebrity mansion / gaudily decorated cast house has become an obligatory character in most reality series, just as reality series have become an obligatory part of TV programming. In fact, for a few years there, VH-1 seemed to be recycling the same company mansion throughout numerous series involving overlapping casts of musicians and ill-behaved young people vying to date them / win money / become presentable members of society. The modern era produces such a glut of reality television pro

    The modern era produces such a glut of reality television programming that the houses they are set in are bound to turn up on the market. Click to see updates on ten of these familiar reality TV houses.

  • Off-Grid Getaways Thursday, 14 Apr 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    The phrase “off the grid” is not yet universally understood. These days, when people say they’re traveling off-grid, they might mean they’re heading somewhere with spotty cell phone coverage. Others use the term even more inaccurately when they mean to say, “off the beaten path.” Off-grid actually means off the electricity grid: i.e., a location that is self-sustaining—it uses solar, wind, hydro or other means of power. But we thought “no Internet/other gadgets” and “secluded” were good qualific

    Off-grid doesn’t have to mean primitive. Although only one of the following destinations brags of having high thread-count sheets, most are still luxurious in scaled-down ways.