Posts Tagged ‘cities’

New York City: Empire in Decline?

July 30, 2020

 

Even before the rich fled New York City during the pandemic, native New Yorker Mara Gay asked if the Big Apple has run out of big ideas. A New York Times video Op-Ed.

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US cities were segregated by design.

June 4, 2020

The 20th Century segregation of America’s cities was not a natural event, explains Richard Rothstein. Unconstitutional schemes and policies ruined cities and left minority residents to languish. We still live with the consequences.

More:

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein, 2017.

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The World’s 10 Largest Cities, 1500-2019

February 18, 2020

The 10 largest cities in the world from 1500 to 2019, based on population (measured in multiples of thousands). A Rankings Hub video.

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Guy In Charge of Fixing Cities Admits He Hasn’t

August 2, 2019

Guy In Charge of Fixing Cities Admits He Hasn't

Retired neurosurgeon and noted pyramid expert Ben Carson, President Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has a perfect record at HUD — he’s done absolutely nothing. HUD is also charged with enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which Dr. Carson has diagnosed as “communist.”

Ben Carson MD once worked for a living at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, in Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, so he could authoritatively echo President Trump’s description of that ivy-infested hellhole. Of course, he commuted to Hopkins from his palatial home in leafy Upperco, Maryland. As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Carson has felt duty-bound to increase his own supply of housing, and has acquired additional estates in Vienna, Virginia and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

In a move reminiscent of his own gaffe-prone 2016 campaign, Dr. Carson showed up unannounced for a press event at a Baltimore church and was miffed to be shunted into an alley. Guess that physician “God Complex” survived retirement. In any case, the Trump Administration’s dubious claims about investing in Baltimore rest on the so-called Opportunity Zone scheme, tax incentive payoffs to the developers gentrifying Charm City.

More:

“Ben Carson says as a pediatric neurosurgeon, he hesitated to send children back to ‘infested’ homes in Baltimore,” John Wagner, Washington Post

“Baltimore Church Gives Ben Carson the Boot As He Scrambles to Demonstrate What He’s Done for That City Lately,” Dara Sharif, The Root

“Ben Carson defends Trump, compares Baltimore to cancer patient,” Katy O’Donnell, Politico

“‘Not my Baltimore’: In Cummings’s district, a rich tapestry of problems and gems,” Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post

“Why your city should imitate Baltimore. (Yes, we said Baltimore.),” Philip Bane, Smart Cities Council

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500 years: The World’s Most Populous Cities

June 11, 2019

John Burns-Murdoch of the Financial Times created this population visualization of the 10 largest cities in the world for the last five centuries.

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Elvis & Corporate Welfare

April 18, 2019

The dirt-poor city of Memphis is giving tax breaks to Graceland.

“So why, you might ask, is a city that regularly ranks among the nation’s poorest giving several hundred million dollars in tax breaks to a long-dead rock star’s house museum where the cheapest ticket costs $41?”

— “This Has to Be One of the Most Ridiculous Corporate Welfare Deals in Quite Some Time,” Henry Grabar, Slate

 

Video: “Money Honey,” written by Jesse Stone, recorded by Elvis Presley, 1956.

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What Makes Paris Look Like Paris

March 22, 2019

What Makes Paris Look Like Paris? It’s complicated.

More:

“What Makes Paris Look Like Paris?” Carl Doersch, Saurabh Singh, Abhinav Gupta, Josef Sivic, Alexei A. Efros, Communications of the ACM

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Seattle: View from the Space Needle

February 8, 2019

A 3-year time-lapse video from the Space Needle shows the scale of new development in Seattle. No wonder Amazon needed to expand to other cities.

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Parking

January 10, 2019

“Why we should pay more for free parking.” A Guardian video.

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Ghost Bikes

October 1, 2018

 “Ghost Bikes,” a short documentary by Ethan Brooks.

Related: GhostBikes.org

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