Two tourists from Denmark spent five weeks travelling around Canada and, disappointed by the car-centric lifestyle, urban sprawl, lack of human-scale infrastructure and related obesity and unfulfilment, wrote an open letter to the powers that be
, lamenting this and urging them to take radical steps to make Canada healthy, happy and sustainable. [more inside]
posted by acb
on Aug 7, 2014 -
Cairo, Illinois is mostly abandoned.
It was once a thriving city of 15,000, but the Mississippi barges don't stop there anymore, and racial turmoil,
including a three-year boycott of white-owned businesses
that refused to hire black workers, killed the town's economy. The Cairo Project
, from Southern Illinois University, is a good overview of Cairo's history and its current situation.
Can punk label Plan-it-X
start a rebirth by moving to Cairo
and opening a coffeeshop
? If it helps, there's still good barbecue
posted by escabeche
on Jun 12, 2010 -
"Imagine a large corporation with a workforce whose African American percentage far lagged its industry peers, sans any apparent concern, and without a credible action plan to remediate it. Would such a corporation be viewed as a progressive firm and employer? The answer is obvious. Yet the same situation in major cities
yields a different answer."
posted by revgeorge
on Oct 26, 2009 -
Another Paul Graham essay, Cities and Ambition
. This one's one of his better ones though. His claim: each city sends its inhabitants a distinct message about how they should live their lives. New York City sends the message that you should be richer. Cambridge sends the message that you should be smarter. Berkeley sends the message that you should live better. Consequently, the city you live in has a profound effect on what you strive for, what you value, and how you channel your ambitions. Place matters; choose wisely. [more inside]
posted by decoherence
on Jun 2, 2008 -
By the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth’s population will reside in urban centers. An estimated 109
hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed them, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today.
A Potential Solution: farm vertically
posted by signal
on Jun 22, 2005 -