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One in eight young people in the UK have never seen a real cow - 18% have never left the city
I once talked to an Outward Bound instructor who worked with deprived kids, and they'd arrive in the Lake District with no real idea that there were places that *big*.
It's sad that there are children who haven't left the city they were born in, but it doesn't surprise me.
cities  children  viaSwampers 
august 2017 by andrewducker
Google aims to fix public transit in US by taking control of parking and transport
A bit sensationalist, but the underlying tech and society changes are fascinating.
google  transport  cars  cities 
june 2016 by andrewducker
Terry Pratchett cuts ribbon on Treacle Mine Road
Anyone got any good lists of real places named after fictional ones?
pratchett  UK  cities  Discworld 
april 2009 by andrewducker
Alone Together
In American lore, the small town is the archetypal community, a state of grace from which city dwellers have fallen (thus capitulating to all sorts of political ills like, say, socialism). Even among die-hard New Yorkers, those who could hardly imagine a life anywhere else, you’ll find people who secretly harbor nostalgia for the small village they’ve never known.

Yet the picture of cities—and New York in particular—that has been emerging from the work of social scientists is that the people living in them are actually less lonely. Rather than driving people apart, large population centers pull them together, and as a rule tend to possess greater community virtues than smaller ones.
cities  society  sociology 
december 2008 by andrewducker
Kung Fu Monkey: Farm Fetish
Or "Why does the 'average American' work in agriculture when less than 17% of the population actually does?"
politics  farming  statistics  culture  economics  funny  gaming  cities  USA 
november 2007 by andrewducker
How Chicago Raised Itself Out of the Mud and Astonished the World
I'd never realised that Chicago was raised by 14feet! In place! An amazing piece of history.
society  cities  technology  history 
august 2005 by andrewducker

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