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Imagining a Past Future
On any given workday in downtown Oakland, thousands of commuters enter and exit the 12th Street City Center station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, rushing past a large bronze bust of John B. Williams.
development  urban  oakland  cities  politics  california  1960s  1970s  BART 
23 hours 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
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
Foursquare Learns Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German and French -
“Why can’t you save art exhibits that you see on Tumblr to Foursquare,” he said. “The next time you’re in Boston, your phone can buzz and say, oh hey, here are five things you said you wanted to do.”

“Devices are getting smarter,” he said. “They’re changing the way we experience the world and our physical space.”
location  local  technology  twitter  geography  mapping  urban  attention  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Is Portland the new Neverland? |
"Young people intuitively understand that the old model is broken and they are in the forefront of inventing the new institutional model of the future," says Charles Heying, an associate professor of urban studies and planning at PSU. "But to make this omelet, many eggs are getting broken." [...]
To ask whether this collectivism yields independence, Heying suggests, is the wrong question. "Portland may be deficient in personal wealth, (but) we have an abundance of 'social wealth,'" he said. "The social wealth comes from the livability of the city, its low cost of housing relative to other West Coast cities, vibrant neighborhoods, abundant and inexpensive activities including access to good food and entertainment." 
portland  oregon  business  youth  social  entrepreneurs  bicycling  beer  urban  interviews 
december 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
“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
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
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
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
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 | 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
Cyberstar --
"In Chicago, we've got 14 types of information. We're creating an ordered view of chaos. That's what journalists do, right?"
journalism  mapping  information  media  chicago  illinois  data  crime  newspapers  citites  urban 
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 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
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
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 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
Richard Florida and The Creative Class Exchange: Who's Your Chi-Pitts?
"Here's an excerpt of an interview where I discuss some of my favorite Midwest cities - from Dayton to Pittsburgh by Tracy Certo of Pop City and Soapbox [...]"
chicago  pittsburgh  pennsylvania  illinois  usa  creative  citites  urban 
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
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
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
CJR: The Redemption of Chris Rose
“It’d be interesting if every newspaper treated its community as if it were at risk. And if you took a good look at most major dailies, they are. Not at risk of dying and being wiped off the map. But look at the state of the American city [...]"
journalism  neworleans  cities  urban  media  newspapers  drugs  alcohol  writing  nonfiction  lousiana  katrina 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New Gourmet Ghetto -
"Temescal is the hottest-growing area in the city. Right now it's a place that young urbanists can move into. Eventually it'll get too expensive."
california  realestate  food  photography  oakland  bayarea  cities  urban 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
You Must Remember This - New York Times
"Over the next 12 years, some economists predict, more than 150 million Indians will buy cars. China, meanwhile, may have 140 million cars on its roads by 2020."
china  india  scooter  marketing  oil  urban  cities  transportation  cars  energy  globalization 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A New Sensation in Iraq: Motor Scooters - New York Times
“The Japanese ones, they never have defects. But the Chinese ones, their electric wiring always goes.”
scooter  iraq  china  japan  transportation  cities  urban  oil  marketing  asia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Last call - The Boston Globe
"I went to Fritz to watch a World Series game this year, and it was fun to be in a room with a bunch of gay men enjoying a sports event in the way gay men would. [...]"
gay  social  public  boston  massachusetts  cities  urban  identity  demography  society  culturalstudies  drinking 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge Exploring growth of Louisville's gay population
"Since 2000, the city experienced the biggest percentage increases (151 percent) among the nation's 50 largest cities."
gay  cities  urban  kentucky  research  politics  identity 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
YouTube - Embarcadero Blues by Goh Nakamura
Watercolor parchment dys-fantasia on overworked underloved urbanites. (Good as he is on wax, he's so much better live too.)
music  video  songwriting  sanfrancisco  urban  cities  work  love 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Dead 40 Years, Woody Guthrie Stays Busy
"Pete Seeger sings an old gospel song called 'Twelve Gates to the City,' and I’ve always thought of the city as a place of great art. Some purists will tell you that there's only one way into that city, but I don’t believe it."
creativity  songwriting  cities  urban  writing  music  folk  gospel 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Selling a Concept With a Song - New York Times
"Either you’re going to get that kind of architecture or you’re not. We’re thinking the music on the Web site will either speak to that buyer or not. It’s not for everybody. Just like any building is not for everybody."
architecture  cities  urban  music  marketing  beauty  technology  aesthetics  design 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Women’s Favor - New York Times
"Today, highly qualified women are moving for their own professional opportunities and personal interests. It’s no longer an era of power couple migration to, but one of power couple formation in places like New York."
women  work  jobs  men  nyc  cities  urban  money 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Settling Down in a City in Motion - New York Times
"When I finish writing this, I’m going down to Xiangyang Park, past the poor men from the north who are just arriving to sell animal skins, to find the group of my neighbors who set up a boom box at twilight for ballroom dancing."
china  cities  urban  housing  travel 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Detroit Free Press: Cheadle gets the word out about DJ
"I think it has a lot to say not just to the black community, but to the white community as well. I hate it when any movie gets labeled a 'black' movie or an 'urban' movie because that's a barrier ... Movies are in color, but they shouldn't have a color."
cinema  film  marketing  race  black  urban  community 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"Influential urban thinker Richard Florida is following mentor Jane Jacobs's footsteps to Toronto and, by example, proving one of his major theories: that multicultural, gay-friendly urban centres will attract the most innovative and creative individuals.
cities  academia  canada  toronto  diversity  creativity  urban 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
An Outsider’s Camera Provides a Ticket Into a Secret World - New York Times
"I take pictures in your neighborhood because there is something very beautiful about the lifestyle you have. Things may not be perfect, but there is a very special kind of community you have, and soon places like this will all be gone."
photography  china  aesthetics  identity  aging  cities  urban  shanghai 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > news > Black Publishers Make a Play for the Maxim man by Ben Westhoff
"I had to bridge the gap between the face and the energy of a supermodel, and the curves of an urban model. We wanted to get the type of models that fit that kind of 'street' element."
men  women  aesthetics  identity  sex  magazines  media  beauty  newjersey  black  prisons  marketing  urban 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Current Thinking
"I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that."
enery  environment  sustainable  usa  history  creativity  suburbia  urban  newjersey 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Concerts Found Onstage While Everyone Else Takes a Break
"I have faith that in any sound or collection of sounds, music lies therein. [...] It does sound crazy. Craziness is the root of many great musical ideas and the source for new ways of listening and considering the world around us."
music  aesthetics  art  classical  improvisation  creativity  urban  gonzo  outdoors  concerts  hiphop  podcasting  theater 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
MediaPost Publications - GM Truck Ads Aim At Urban African-American Market - 05/25/2007
"We felt that free running is about doing things your own way, taking your own path. We felt our consumer was tired of being force-fed truck ads with mud and dirt. Our customer moves through an urban environment."
marketing  black  race  cars  urban  cities  demography 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
ON THE JOB / The mystery of the daytime idle: Why aren't you working?
"Face time isn't such a thing anymore. What people care about now is whether you get the work done."
banc  sanfrancisco  culture  humor  work  jobs  leisure  urban  public  social 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Dept. of Popular Culture: Banksy Was Here: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
"The graffitist’s impulse is akin to a blogger’s: write some stuff, quickly, which people may or may not read. Both mediums demand wit and nimbleness."
blogging  art  uk  aesthetics  identity  anonymity  marketing  beauty  urban  poverty  capitalism  attention 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Urban Poetry Walk Takes Verse to the Streets
E. Ethelbert Miller big-ups one of my favorite poems, Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays."
poetry  washington  exercise  language  beauty  urban  cities  english 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Washington, D.C.: [New Slogan Goes Here] -
"What's really important to recognize is that people have more choices than ever . . . so just like a toothpaste manufacturer or an automobile dealer, you have to market who you are in a very special way."
marketing  cities  usa  urban  aesthetics  creativity  seattle 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Year Without Toilet Paper
“That’s the thing about this current wave of environmentalism. It’s not about, how do we protect some abstract pristine space? It’s what can real people do in their home or office or whatever."
environment  public  social  outdoors  cities  behavior  food  urban  transit  sustainable  transportation  relationships 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Paris la Nuit
“The night suggests, it does not show. The night disquiets and surprises us with its otherness. It releases forces within us which by day are dominated by reason.”
paris  france  photography  identity  cities  aesthetics  urban 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Q: What can be done to improve the suburbs of Paris? A: People are starting to understand that the real challenge is to turn peripheries into cities
"A piazza is not a plaza. The plaza is the theme park of the piazza; the plaza is the commercial version. A piazza is an empty space with no function. This is what Europeans understand."
cities  architecture  suburbia  urban 
november 2005 by allaboutgeorge
CHE: 9/23/2005: Carlin Romano's "New Orleans and the Probability Blues"
"Probability theory and risk analysis may not be the jazziest topics to wrestle with in Katrina's wake, but more should try. And not just in regard to the Gulf Coast."
neworleans  hurricane  katrina  cities  politics  psychology  futurism  urban  sustainable 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: The Believers
"But the whole city is familiar to me. Because it is so Cartesian. You know how to get to a place even if you have never been there."
brazil  cities  southamerica  aesthetics  urban 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Peterme's "Thoughts on Portland, Oregon"
"When you combine smart urbanites and a mediocre economy, you get a society rich in pastimes. Overeducated people without much to do end up spending a lot of time hanging out."
portland  usa  oregon  aesthetics  urban  caffeine 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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