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N.K. Jemisin Is Trying to Keep the World From Ending | GQ
Jemisin is an author who conjures place by building a people. What they value, what they believe, what threatens to tear them apart from within. If people aren’t directly involved with it, odds are Jemisin will leave it to your imagination.
writing  creativity  fiction  cities  books 
11 days ago by allaboutgeorge
How Hannah Beachler Built Black Panther's Wakanda - CityLab
“I felt that way because I never knew my history. I didn’t know my ancestry, I didn’t know how far back it went …That was truly the most important thing to me. I don’t have that, but I could give it here in this fantastical world.”
cities  movies  film  africa  design  transportation  aesthetics 
5 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The US government is using road signs showing drivers how fast they’re going to capture license plate data — Quartz
“License plate readers are inherently a form of mass surveillance,” investigative researcher Dave Maass of the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation told Quartz. “You look at something like a wiretap and most of the time it’s looking for a specific person and capturing specific conversations with that person. But here they are collecting information on everybody, not all of whom have been accused of a crime, in case they may one day commit a crime. This is un-American.”
privacy  surveillance  police  law  traffic  cars  cities 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
What would a truly walkable city look like? | Cities | The Guardian
The obsession with self-driving cars and dockless cycles means pedestrians are often overlooked. But if we fail to accommodate those on foot, we ignore an essential part of what makes a city great
cities  roadsafety  cycling  uk  usa  africa  walkforlife  walking  walk2work  cars  safety  design 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
The Unbearable Sameness of Cities: What my journey across the United States taught me about indie cafés and Ikea lights.
Just as the essential structure of the atom is prescribed by nature, so, too, are there only so many ways to lay out a city, it seems, and most of them, weirdly, feel like atoms. Even in cities that sprawl, like Indianapolis or Oklahoma City or Little Rock, you’ve got your downtown nucleus, your gentrifying neighborhoods orbiting close to the center — artist and queer quarters — fading into outer circles of chains and strip malls and body shops constricted by the interstates.
cities  marketing  aesthetics  capitalism  development  architecture  shopping  urban 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The 5 Best Places to Live in 2100 – Future Human – Medium
Many Great Lake cities fit a similar mold: Duluth, Chicago, Cleveland. “Anywhere in the Great Lakes should be OK,” says Keenan.
chicago  cities  climate  climatechange  usa  alaska  russia  future  weather  newyork 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
How a ‘reverse Great Migration’ is reshaping U.S. cities - Curbed
“The response to this overall population loss has been pretty lukewarm,” Loury says. “I don’t think it’s been widely acknowledged by many, at least in the halls of power. They’re indifferent, and I find that troubling.”
cities  chicago  usa  migration  population  black  census  census2020  identity  midwest  SouthernShift 
august 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Meet the five urban Chinas
China’s unprecedented urbanization ensures that its cities will collectively shape and define national trends related to infrastructure, technology, and economic growth. And because those cities loom large on the world’s economic stage, their continued evolution will help dictate key global economic, social, and environmental outcomes.
news  china  asia  economy  cities  urban 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Social Business isn’t About Companies, It is About Cities | Social Enterprise Today
Customer-centricity, whatever this really means, not only implies the growth of different behaviors, but also to think differently about our spatial and symbolic relationships to customers. Providing them with more channels to interact is not enough, we need to design them in a more human way, and allow customers to embed these channels in their way of life. Cities, and those who think and design them, are ahead of organizations in tackling these problems.
cities  urbanism  business  relationships  capitalism  work  jobs  social  socbiz 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
“Why’s this so good?” No. 3: André Aciman on the geography of longing – Nieman Storyboard - A project of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard
Every time I reread “Shadow Cities” I bring to it my own memories, and something new in the piece stands out. This time it is this sentence, which comes after Aciman has chronicled all the places he’s reminded of when he sits in Straus Park. He’s talking about Rome and Paris and Amsterdam, and then he writes: “This, I think, is when I started to love, if love is the word for it, New York.”

We see the words “I love New York” a lot, but it’s a bumper-sticker sentence. It’s for tourists, for export. I love how Aciman’s sentence unfolds conditionally – how “love” is questioned, how it and New York are separated. It feels honest to love New York the way Aciman does, to call the defunct fountain in Straus Park a “septic sandbox” but sit by it day after day just the same and mourn it when you think it’s gone.
nyc  newyork  memory  reading  travel  essay  september11  story  writing  beauty  cities  language 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Tom Walsh: Detroit area has tech jobs base to build on | Detroit Free Press |
Southeast Michigan has the highest concentration of technology-related employment in the Midwest, and trails only San Jose, Calif.'s Silicon Valley region nationally in architecture and engineering employment, according to a new study to be released on Mackinac Island today.

The study, conducted by Anderson Economic Group of East Lansing for the Automation Alley business accelerator, compares the seven-county Detroit region with 14 other U.S. metros, including Boston, San Jose, Seattle, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Austin, Texas. Midwest metros included Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Grand Rapids.
detroit  michigan  technology  jobs  research  cities  business 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Bay Area News: Oakland Grapples With Depleted Police Force -
Jakada Imani, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a community improvement nonprofit, and a member of Mayor Quan's transition team, says Oakland residents made their preference known for more community involvement and violence-prevention programs, instead of singular focus on police suppression.

"You could have a police officer on every single corner to lower the crime rate," he says, "but that's just not what Oakland wants."
police  oakland  cities  community 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Your city sucks! (And so does mine) –
For the record I’ve lived in three legitimate technology hubs: Seattle, San Francisco, and Boulder. Additionally, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Portland. Each one of them had its benefits and detractions. Ultimately, I’m settling down in San Francisco (after moving to it, away from it, and subsequently back 3 times now). Why? It’s simple, despite all of the bullshit that is involved in this incestuous, crowded, echo chamber of a dirty ass city, it is Mecca for nerds. Period. All of the pieces of the proverbial startup pie are here: money, history, talent, schools, partners, clients, press, etc. I don’t have to wait for any part of that ecosystem to grow or blossom. It’s already here and I’m far to lazy too grow or foster any part of those for an entire city.
seattle  sanfrancisco  portland  oregon  california  washingtonstate  technology  creative  business  western  cities 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jezebel: The Day I Trailed A Paparazzo
"He comes out at eight," Wagner says. It's 7:45 am on Friday, and we're part of a small group gathered across the street from the apartment building where Michael Douglas lives. Everyone is a paparazzo except for me.
I'd been trying to shadow a paparazzo for a while, to get a behind-the-scenes look at the juggernaut of today's "celebrity" industry. When it comes to celebrity "news," more and more, paparazzi pictures — a candid image of a celebrity doing something — are all the "news" consists of. But how much do we know about where these images come from?
celebrity  photography  cities  media  power  story  magazines  from:karimamara 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
io9: China Miéville explains theology, magic, and why JJ Abrams hates you
I don't have any fantastic insight, but I think it's simply that cities to varying degrees are amazing palimpsests of history and cultures. They're coagulated together, a mixing of social norms. I like the temporal dislocation of cities, where you get 17th century buildings next to 21st buildings in London. The world is divided between people who like fractured mixed up stuff, and those who like clean aesthetic totality. I'm more the former.

The majority of humanity now live in cities. They are the site of most political and financial drivers - that's just a fact of economy. They are the site of this kind of chaotic aggregation of ideas that's going to translate into a sensation of the fantastic. That's why fantastic city fiction is so strong – it's about translating enchantment into a modern urban environment.
cities  urban  geography  population  fiction  economy  writing  sciencefiction  history  architecture 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Living by 580 « Airial's Blog
In the morning the sounds get more dense. The swooshing sound stops. The cars aren’t flowing, their jammed together trying to get into the city. Individual clunky engines and tires rolling slowly tug at my ear, as I too, should be waking. I find comfort in that as well. Rush hour congestion proves normalcy. Our urban centers are alive. People are going to work in the morning. In the evening it’s the sound of the whooshing that replaces the sound of gridlock, that again, is comforting. All is well, people are leaving. Night falls. Whoosh… Whoosh… Whoosh…
transportation  transit  cities  driving  cars  oakland  interstate580  traffic  eastbay 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge - Pitch: Oakland and Black Rock City: Does Burning Man inspire utopian dreams in the "Metropolis"?
As artists forge their concept of "Metropolis" for this year's event, utopian questions come to mind. How does Burning Man, a week-long art event based on radical self-expression and self-reliance on the playa promote livable cities? Are the guiding principles of Black Rock City and Oakland's city charter viable blueprints for utopia? Or are they diversions from dystopian realities?
oakland  cities  journalism  burningman  behavior 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco, the Rorschach Test - Bay Area Blog -
Indeed, what is most notable about the many places compared to San Francisco is the city’s plasticity, the number of ways it can anchor or stimulate readers’ understanding of a less-known place.

Think of the variety of images evoked by the name. A union town or a port town. A tawdry urban sexscape. A heart-stopping topography of hills and sky. A fog-dominated meteorology. Gay culture. Locavores. Edgy rock music. San Francisco is a touchstone with a multiple personality.

All this puts it in demand as a brand.
sanfrancisco  language  cities 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
“I Believe in Arguing”: David Simon Treme Interview Excerpts - Tuned In -
Detroit, they used to make cars, Pittsburgh, they used to make steel. Here's there's still a factory. It's manned by an underpaid, poorly represented workforce of skilled workers. And what they manufacture is moments. New Orleans is a factory that gives you moments.
neworleans  cities  television  hbo  creativity  urban 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
John Guare: 'Writing is a blood sport' | Stage | The Guardian
It's something about the compression of Manhattan, a space less than five miles by three. All walkable. London is like LA, a series of villages spread over a vast area. Manhattan is the most democratic city because everyone is in the same boat."
london  losangeles  manhattan  nyc  cities  transit 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Final edition: Twilight of the American newspaper—By Richard Rodriguez (Harper's Magazine)
[...] In the nineteenth-century newspaper, the relationship between observer and observed was reciprocal: the newspaper described the city; the newspaper, in turn, was sustained by readers who were curious about the strangers that circumstance had placed proximate to them. So, I suppose, it is incomplete to notice that the San Francisco Chronicle has become remiss in its obituary department. Of four friends of mine who died recently in San Francisco, not one wanted a published obituary or any other public notice taken of his absence. This seems to me a serious abrogation of the responsibility of living in a city and as good an explanation as any of why newspapers are dying. All four of my friends requested cremation; three wanted their ashes consigned to the obscurity of Nature. Perhaps the cemetery is as doomed in America as the newspaper, and for the same reason: we do not imagine death as a city.

We no longer imagine the newspaper as a city or the city as a newspaper. [...]
media  journalism  newspapers  writing  news  death  obituaries  cities  california  essay  history  sanfrancisco  culture 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Bruce Mau's northern exposure - The Globe and Mail
“Bruce is really good at articulating a profound definition of design so that it becomes a method of problem-solving,” says Warren Berger, whose new book, Glimmer , focuses on the transforming nature of Mr. Mau's thinking. “He's got the designer's way of turning everything on its head and challenging all the old assumptions.

“Designers are also good at empathic research, at figuring out what people need, which is what Bruce will do in Sudbury. They're also skilled at visualizing the future in front of people, in rallying momentum by making people excited about the potential of what could be.

“And they understand what to do to bring about change – it's important not to do it all at once, but to do prototypes and build failure into the process. To solve big problems and make big changes, you do it gradually, you don't do it overnight.”
design  canada  cities  urban  creativity  green  trains  mining  ontario 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Imagine: L.A. bicyclists in the driver's seat, one day a week --
"It can be scary out there," admits cicLAvia's Adonia Lugo, a PhD anthropology candidate at UC Irvine studying bicycle culture in the Southland. "Los Angeles has a very strong bike culture, but I think the casual rider has the perception that this is a dangerous city for cycling."

"I think the best thing about a ciclovia is that it would give people a chance to try biking, without having to feel like they're risking their lives as soon as they leave the driveway," Lugo adds. "This would give people a safe space to travel around their neighborhoods without using a car."
losangeles  bicycling  transit  transportation  urban  cities  cars 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Rescuing The Reporters « Clay Shirky
For people who see newspapers as whole institutions that need to be saved, their size (and not the just the dozens and dozens of people on the masthead, but everyone in business and operations as well) makes ideas like Coll’s seems like non-starters — we’re talking about a total workforce in the hundreds, so non-profit conversion seems crazy.

[I]f you start not from total head count but from a list of the people necessary for the production of Jones’ “iron core of news,” a list that, in the Columbia Daily Tribune’s case, would be something like a dozen. (To put this in perspective, KBIA, Columbia’s NPR affiliate, lists a staff of 20.)

Seen in that light, what’s needed for a non-profit news plan to work isn’t an institutional conversion, it’s a rescue operation. There are dozen or so reporters and editors in Columbia, Missouri, whose daily and public work is critical to the orderly functioning of that town, and those people are trapped inside a burning business model.
journalism  media  newspapers  business  news  work  culture  economics  local  future  reporting  writing  nonprofit  corporations  cities 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Growth of city neighborhoods
San Francisco may have a reputation as a world-class city, but it is also one of the biggest small towns you can find anywhere. According to the city's official Web site, San Francisco has more than 40 individual neighborhoods. The Chamber of Commerce counts 48, and any San Franciscan can tell you there are more than that, from the famous to the obscure.

The best-known neighborhoods - Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro - are known everywhere. A lot of San Franciscans couldn't locate Little Hollywood or the Sherwood Forest on a map.

It turns out, however, that San Francisco was always divided into neighborhoods, even back before the place was called San Francisco.
sanfrancisco  cities  urban  california  local  identity  development  transit 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne: New York State of Mind
What is it about certain cities and places that fosters specific attitudes? Am I imagining that this is the case? To what extent does the infrastructure of cities shape the lives, work, and sensibilities of their inhabitants? Quite significantly, I suspect. All this talk about bike lanes, ugly buildings, and density of population isn't just about those things, it's about what kinds of people those places turn us into. I don't think I'm imagining that people who move to L.A. from elsewhere inevitably lose a lot of that elsewhere and eventually end up creating L.A.-type work and being L.A.-type people. Do creative, social, and civic attitudes change depending on where we live? Yes, I think so.
cities  urban  newyork  losangeles  work  architecture  demography  bicycling 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
David Byrne’s Perfect City -
Every time I visit San Francisco I ask out loud "Why don't I live here? Why do I choose to live in a place that is harder, tougher and, well, not as beautiful?" The locals often reply, "You don't want to live here. It looks like a city, but it's really a small village. Everyone knows what you're doing" Oh, OK. If you say so. It's still beautiful.
cities  urban  sanfrancisco  architecture  social  behavior  california  beauty  bicycling  music 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Increasing Residential And Employment Density Could Mean Reductions In Vehicle Travel, Fuel Use And Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The committee disagreed about the feasibility of achieving the target density in the upper-bound scenario -- doubling the density of 75 percent of new development -- by 2050. Some members of the committee thought that these higher densities would be reached due to macroeconomic trends -- higher energy prices and carbon taxes -- in combination with growing public support for infill development, investments in transit, and higher densities along transit rail corridors. Other members thought that the high-density scenario would require such a significant departure from current low-density development patterns, land-use policies, and public preferences that it is unrealistic without a strong state or regional role in growth management.
transit  research  science  transporation  cities  environment  cars  jobs  work  housing  gas  urban 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SwebApps, Mobile Roadie Try to Democratize iPhone Apps - TIME
"In a few years, mobile apps will be to businesses what sites are today," says Chocano. "They'll serve as a product catalog, a shopping tool, a social-media resource, a way to gather client information, a media gallery — all on the go, at your customer's fingertips."
mobile  marketing  shopping  business  cities  social  information  media  iphone  google  apple 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The wizard of Ossington - The Globe and Mail
“I fell in love with Toronto,” he says. “It had all the capitalist drivers of North American culture but it was also a gentle, tolerant culture. So it had all the stuff I loved about America and all the stuff I loved about my Commonwealth upbringing, with a healthy dose of cosmopolitanism.”
toronto  canada  cities  northamerica 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
36 Hours in Toronto -
Sidewalks are spotless, trolleys run like clockwork, and the locals are polite almost to a fault. That’s not to say that Torontonians are dull. Far from it. With a population that is now half foreign-born — fueled by growing numbers of East Indians, Chinese and Sri Lankans — the lakeside city offers a kaleidoscope of world cultures. Sing karaoke in a Vietnamese bar, sip espresso in Little Italy and catch a new Bollywood release, all in one night.
toronto  canada  travel  nytimes  cities  karaoke 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The New Normal - Richard Florida
If the Pew data are accurate, it's not tech-driven consumption - less than a third (31 percent) of those surveyed consider high-speed internet a necessity, and just 4 percent say they need an iPod.

But there are many things that are not asked about, as Salmon notes, like " intangibles,'" or spending on personal development (education, learning), higher-quality food, exercise, health-care, green products, or a cleaner environment.
environment  urban  future  economy  shopping  marketing  business  cities  money  education  food  health 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Q&A: Foursquare co-creator on privacy, Easter eggs | Webware - CNET
"What cities are seeing the most activity?" "Crowley: The top seven in order are San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Portland (Ore.), and Chicago. (I'm) frustrated that New York is always in 2nd place; Dodgeball was the same way."
social  mapping  geography  technology  mobile  cities  urban  privacy 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
One Banker’s Plan to Save the Newspaper Industry - Deal Journal - WSJ
There is widespread confusion and has always been regarding the source of the shocking historic profitability of many newspapers. The most profitable newspapers have tended to be monopoly markets with circulation of 20,000 to 100,000 readers. These are not sexy papers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, which have historically have significantly low margins.
media  journalism  newspapers  business  economics  cities  money 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Foreign Policy: Gays in Latin America: Is the Closet Half Empty?
In the first ever ranking of its kind, a student and I rated global cities on gay-friendliness. A city's rating was determined based on the number of gay-owned or gay-friendly establishments (e.g., bars, support groups, services) per capita. We studied the three largest cities with populations greater than 500,000 in each country, for a total of 180 cities.
gay  statistics  research  identity  latinamerica  cities  urban 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The New Metros « ReJurno
Those community-based operations can cover their local schools, roads, health, events, etc., extraordinarily well, and will bring the community’s voices to bear on local public policy. But they won’t have the resources and depth to cover regional issues, such as education, transportation, the environment or growth. Issues in those areas are usually resolved at a regional or state public policy level. In a metropolitan area, these topic-based news organizations might be supported by those who sell products and services related to that topic.
journalism  newspapers  media  cities  community  news 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Model Minority "Thugs, Feminists and Boom Bap": Bart Police Kill an Unarmed Man, Oscar Grant, on New Years Day
[...] Let's be clear about how this is a teachable moment about who does and doesn't have power in our society.

When you live in a society where the people who taken an oath to serve and protect you, can conceivably smoke a person who looks like you in front several witnesses. You feel powerless.

Furthermore, it is reasonable for you to feel powerless and want smash the symbols of the power that you do not have.

Rage can only turn to violence when unchecked.

In many ways, rage is violence.

For many young folks, the idea is to carry a gat, because it is clear that no one will protect them. This means always staying
strapped. [...]
oakland  crime  BART  protest  activism  attention  reputation  cities  psychology  police  power 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The library - a recession sanctuary - The Boston Globe
"Libraries are unfortunately used to this," Ryan said. "But the essential role of the library cannot be duplicated in anybody's home, when you consider the combination of manuals, books, and librarian expertise," Ryan said. "In down economic times, families aren't going out to spend a lot of money on books and movies. This is when the branches can shine as a community gathering place and at a time when people are seeking answers to life improvement."
library  cities  government  politics  books  movies  community 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge | Ideas | For urban idealists, staying power
"I have to be optimistic. I've chosen Toronto as my home. But I've always been really proud of the city. I'd rather be here than any other city in North America, even New York. We don't have race riots or ghettoes."
cities  urban  toronto  canada  magazines  race  northamerica  nyc 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Biking on a Brompton: One Reporter’s View - Green Inc. Blog -
"Once you have the knack, a rider can tuck in the back wheel, fold the midsection, flip down the handlebars and left pedal, and lower the seat – all in about 20 seconds."
travel  bicycling  aesthetics  exercise  cities  urban  nytimes  green  environment  health 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge The first North American election?
"As environmental problems get worse, however, politicians will be increasingly forced into confrontations between the urban and rural coalitions."
urban  cities  usa  canada  politics  elections  campaigns 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
36 Hours in San Francisco’s Mission District -
"With a population that is about half Latino, a third white and an estimated 11 percent Asian, the Mission still remains a wonderful mishmash. Where else can you find epicurean vegan cafes, feisty nonprofits and a Central American butcher shop that, for a memorable time, anyway, had women’s undergarments in the window?"
missiondistrict  sanfrancisco  california  nytimes  travel  asian  white  cities  urban  latino 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge | Fed up with mass-produced food, more young urbanites decide to hit the dirt | Indianapolis Entertainment
"If you look back not too long ago, Indianapolis was a major vegetable-producing area. We had the skills and the land and the environment to feed Indianapolis just 80 years ago, 75 years ago."
indiana  food  farming  land  environment  cities  urban 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What Could Make Someone Want to Leave New York and Move to Buffalo? -- New York Magazine
"It offers the chance to live on the cheap and start a nonprofit organization, or rent an abandoned church for $1,000 a month, or finish your album without having to hold down two temp jobs at the same time, or simply have more space and a better view and enough money left over each month to buy yourself a painting once in awhile. A city like Buffalo reminds you that, beyond New York, there are still frontiers."
newyork  cities  urban  community  nyc 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Vancouver Magazine: Sad City
"We live in Babel; we are all so different. But in the Downtown Eastside, people tell me that their fundamental desire is not for money but for a feeling of connection and community. People crave that. It’s common to all humans. So in our public spaces, people are going to have to look past the surface. They are going to have to give each other a chance."
cities  urban  vancouver  britishcolumbia  happiness  research  canada  community  public  altruism  volunteering 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Recovering Journalist: What Will Happen When the Presses Go Silent?
"[...] Sure. It will still have its various corporate headquarters, beautiful architecture and parks, international airport, pro sports teams, a thriving music scene, opera, theater, good restaurants, great neighborhoods and all of the other things that make up a major city. It just won't have its old-fashioned daily newspaper. [...]"
newspapers  journalism  media  business  news  web  economics  local  economy  future  cities 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Bay's Petraeus Interview, Ehrenhalt's Demographic Inversion, and Kotkin's Look at Gentrification of American Cities - Michael Barone (
"We are living at a moment when the massive outward migration of the affluent that characterized the second half of the twentieth century is coming to an end."
cities  urban  chicago  sanfrancisco  suburbia  demographics  sociology  washington 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
National Post: Immigrants flocking to smaller cities
"I have a cousin who says, ‘Why do you want to go to Saskatoon? There's nothing there!' I said, ‘That's why! There's something there, but it's not the big city that we're trying to get away from.'"
cities  immigration  canada  identity  diversity  language 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
National Post: Turning Toronto into a nanny state
"I think we need to be mindful of the kinds of laws we put in place because I think we can overregulate citizens to the point where nothing you do is without a penalty of some sort,"
toronto  canada  cities  law  public  social  police 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge Snap to it
"I can see it being like, survival of the fittest, now that party photos are a commodity. The more you have, the better; the more people who want to take your photo, the cooler you are, I guess."
photography  ritual  documentary  beauty  art  cities  urban 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: An Airfare to Remember
"We're just trying to make it up as we go along. It's tough to define it. It's not going to be what a standard relationship is going to be."
travel  love  relationships  cities  oil 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Atlanta: Seventh Borough? Or Circle of Hell? -- Daily Intel -- New York News Blog -- New York Magazine
"[T]heir overall crabbiness implies they are in fact real ex-residents. Because while all New Yorkers may long for space, peace, and happiness, what they really want is to have all that here."
cities  atlanta  georgia  nyc  happiness  urban 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Cities and Ambition
"A city speaks to you mostly by accident—in things you see through windows, in conversations you overhear. It's not something you have to seek out, but something you can't turn off."
cities  urban  berkeley  nyc  paris  power  sanfrancisco  environment  demographics  culture  community  boston  bayarea  location 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
On the dopeness of "The Wackness" - Beyond the Multiplex -
"All this great music was coming out then. Especially the hip-hop -- that was what I connected to on a visceral, personal level. The music you're listening to really determines a lot about your memories."
hiphop  cinema  film  movies  nyc  music  aesthetics  identity  cities 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Saffo on why he’s leaving the Institute for the Future | Chris O’Brien
“It’s the forecasters disease. I’m constantly thinking about the implication of what I was seeing on the horizon of my work. Fundamentally, many of those things were outside the scope of what my clients were willing to fund."
futurism  thinking  attention  science  cities  urban  environment 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Berlin, the Big Canvas -
It's nice to read this story since I've begun Paul Beatty's "Slumberland," which is set in 1980s/90s Berlin
cities  art  food  germany  europe  urban 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > nyclife > Gay Pride in the Outer Boroughs by Tony Phillips
"Don't forget, the South Bronx is still emerging economically from the devastation of decades of political and cultural neglect. We are a large community with a lot of complexity and particularities—not just sexual issues."
identity  gay  nyc  cities  urban  ritual  aesthetics  politics  police 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
emily. - I'm about to give you the best tip ever.
Text yourself with your cab's number, just in case you lose something.
diy  cities  travel  howto  transit  transportation  behavior 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge Life | Those dirty girls
"Sexual ecstasy is not something you buy. It cannot be bought. But we have come a long way. No question. Definitely. But it's not because of 'Sex and the City.' It's because of what real women have done in real lives, not on TV sets."
sex  women  television  power  beauty  writing  diy  cable  friendship  cities  urban  feminism 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Smithsonian Magazine | Travel | You got a problem with that?
"When New Yorkers see a stranger, they don't think, 'I don't know you.' They think, 'I know you. I know your problems—they're the same as mine—and furthermore we have the same handbag.' So that's how they treat you."
culture  essay  newyork  nyc  psychology  reading  sociology  travel  geography  urban  cities  social  public 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
City residents map it out -- --
"I hope it illuminates the depth and dimension of the neighborhoods and people that one can see in maps. The map is not the territory."
geography  mapping  art  baltimore  maryland  power  cities  urban 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Where do all the neurotics live? - The Boston Globe
"Our evolving psychogeography means that our nation, its people, and its regions continue to sort themselves not just by education and skill, but by personality as well."
geography  psychology  usa  cities  urban  identity  aesthetics  travel  creative  education 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interactive Map on Dangerous Intersections | Knight Digital Media Center Weblog
"The Bay Area Newspaper Group has an interactive map on dangerous intersections for which users are generating the content, and there's quite a lot of it."
geography  newspapers  medianews  media  urban  cities 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Sludge tested as lead-poisoning fix - Yahoo! News
"What's needed are more studies on what's going on with the pathogens in sludge — are we actually removing them? The commitment to connecting the dots hasn't been there."
environment  cities  urban  baltimore  eaststlouis  illinois  maryland 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Austin Contrarian: Density calculations for U.S. urbanized areas, weighted by census tract
"Austin and Tampa are not really denser than Boston (as the standard density figures suggest), and the sprawling suburbs of Riverside County are not actually denser than Chicago. Note that Portland's urbanized area is less dense than Houston's. [...]"
cities  austin  tampa  boston  california  riverside  chicago  illinois  nyc  portland  houston  urban  population  census 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Atlantic Monthly: The Next Slum?
"[I]f New York City were its own state, it would be the most energy-efficient state in the union; most Manhattanites not only walk or take public transit to get around, they unintentionally share heat with their upstairs neighbors."
cities  urban  urbanism  housing  suburbia  realestate  nyc 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Tell Her Story: Lesbian Bars in the San Francisco East Bay
A great essay revealing historical ley lines across the local landscape
gay  oakland  eastbay  bayarea  cities  drinking  alcohol  community 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Noise: SFBG Music Blog - Cover me: Embracing Burial's noirish dubstep
"[S]crap the lush, symphonic strings, strip the vocals down to the barest bits, and dismantle the rhythms as much as possible - and while you're at it, bundle the whole thing up in blankets of whirrs and drones - and you'll get somewhere close [...]"
music  uk  futurism  cities  urban  criticism 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Icy Day Finds Old Union Outside Modern City Shops - New York Times
"The home of the caramel macchiato, Starbucks, has drawn some of the most consistent criticism, often from employees associated with the Industrial Workers of the World."
labor  unions  work  jobs  nyc  coffee  beverages  corporations  business  cities  caffeine 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Walrus >> Mark Kingwell on Toronto Culture >> Toronto: Justice Denied
"Toronto is, instead, a linked series of towns loosely held together by the gravitational force of its downtown core and the pinned-in-place effect of the surveillance rod we call the CN Tower."
toronto  space  research  justice  geography  identity  cities  urban  canada  public  social 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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