Posts Tagged ‘cities’

The New Gentrifiers

August 17, 2014

The New Gentrifiers

“Look out, gays and lesbians – the straight people are coming for your real estate. In There Goes the Gayborhood, a new book for the Princeton Press, author and University of British Columbia associate professor of sociology Amin Ghaziani explores whether venerable ‘gayborhoods’ like San Francisco’s Castro and New York City’s West Village are disappearing in ‘a new post-gay era.’ As demographics shift, is it a sign of acceptance of a community – or the dilution of it? Is it possible, as the New York Times once so damningly put it, that ‘gay neighborhoods face the prospect of becoming passé’?

— “Are America’s ‘gayborhoods’ dying out?” Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

 More:

“The rise and fall of American gayborhoods,” Matthew Yglesias, Vox

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Rob Ford: Run Robbie Run!

January 2, 2014

Rob Ford: Run Robbie Run!

Mayor Rob Ford, the man who put Toronto on the map for most Yanks, is running for re-election. Toronto’s self-described “best mayor” dropped off his nomination papers at city hall early this morning:

“My track record speaks for itself. If you want to get personal, that’s fine. I’m sticking to my record, and talk is cheap. You’re going to see action like you’ve never seen before.”

– “Rob Ford, promising ‘Ford more years,’ registers to run for reelection,” Daniel Dale, Toronto Star

More:

“After scandal-plagued 2013, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford bids for re-election,” Ann Hui, The Globe and Mail

– GIF via Maclean’s.

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How to Fix Everything

August 2, 2013

How to Fix Everything

Like any 21st Century city, Washington DC has  problems issues. City Paper asked some of our favorite local smartasses thinkers (including Lydia DePillis, Tyler Green, Elahe Izadi, Richard Layman, and Matthew Yglesias) how to resolve them.

“How to Fix Everything,” Washington City Paper

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Cupcakes Are Sooo OVER.

April 19, 2013

Cupcakes Are Sooo OVER.

Gourmet cupcake shops infest America’s cities, proffering paper-wrapped pastries top-heavy with icing, selling single servings for the price of whole supermarket pies. The trend has been rising with yeasty vigor for over a decade — until now.

The cupcake fad is officially over. “The icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze,” says the Wall Street Journal, noting the collapse of share prices in Crumbs Bake Shop Inc.:

“After trading at more than $13 a share in mid-2011, Crumbs has sunk to $1.70. It dropped 34% last Friday, in the wake of Crumbs saying that sales for the full year would be down by 22% from earlier projections, and the stock slipped further this week.”

–  “Forget Gold, the Gourmet-Cupcake Market Is Crashing,” Emily Maltby and Sarah E. Needleman, Wall Street Journal

More:

“The cupcake bubble has finally burst,” Carmel Lobello, The Week

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Venice: Surf’s Up!

November 14, 2012

Venice: Surf's Up!

New Yorkers learned about Storm Surge last month after a visit from Hurricane Sandy. But with climate change causing rising sea levels, Tidal Surge will be a more frequent threat to coastal cities. If you want to see New York’s future, look at Venice.

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Bicycles = Elitism?

December 5, 2011

Bicycles = Elitism?

It’s back! That 21st century city transportation question:

“Are urban bicyclists just elite snobs?” Will Doig, Salon.

Earlier iterations:

“Are Bike Lanes Expressways to Gentrification?” Paul M. Davis, Shareable

“Bike Lane Backlash, Even in Portland,” Sarah Goodyear, Atlantic Cities

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Pigeons: Smarter Than You Think

July 13, 2011

Pigeons: Smarter Than You Think

Pigeons are smarter than you think. Feral urban pigeons. Rock Doves, Columbia livia, aka “rats with feathers.”

French pigeons, anyway, les pigeons sauvages française de Paris.

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Festival Time Again — and Again and Again ….

July 8, 2010

Festival Time Again -- and Again and Again and Again ....

New York City hopes to bring variety to its hundreds of boringly repetitive street festivals, 321 of them last summer. Half the food permits at these events went to the same 20 vendors.

The first step in revitalising the city’s street fairs is a study by the Center for an Urban Future, New Visions for New York Street Fairs. Report excerpt:

“The street fairs have become, in many people’s view, a movable business, a scam, where the same stands simply relocate but never change.” — David Byrne.

 How are things in your town?

 

Hat tip: Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space.

 

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