This sticker is partly true, partly fear-mongering, and partly wrong.
Here’s what it says:
“Locked out, gentrified, criminalized”, “BIDs destroy communities”, “Privatizing public spaces with public $$$”, “Our neighborhoods are Not shopping malls”
I wrote up an explanation of what this sticker gets right, wrong, and weird, but it turns out Instagram has a character limit & my explanation was double it. So I’ll try something new: Business Improvement Districts are usually bad in complex ways. Ask me anything. .
Long before cars and coal plants, humans were reshaping the Earth’s ecosystem through humbler but no less dramatic means: pastures and plows. Since 1700, humans have gone from using just 5 percent of the Earth’s land to occupying more than half of it with agriculture or human settlements. The map above, using data from environmental scientist Erle Ellis and his team at the Laboratory for Anthropogenic Landscape Ecology, demonstrates the dramatic changes in over 300 years of human land use. In that time, the footprint of cities boomed, growing to about 40 times what it was in 1700. Today, cities are just half a percent of the planet’s land area, but they have had the most dramatic impact on its ecosystems. CityLab data reporter David Montgomery has the story via the link in our bio. (🗺: @dhmontgomery) #landuse#urbanpolicy#map#urbanism#datavisualization
6 months ago
On a research binge today on the intersections between #art, #architecture, and #urbanplanning. Found this super interesting history of #hiphop in relation to American #urbanism, #urbanpolicy, and architecture by Mike Ford, the @hiphoparchitect.
Hip-Hop is interesting both as a continuation of #jazz and #bebop but also because it was one of the first styles that was able to successfully popularize the explicit use of technology and improvisation into the mainstream consciousness. There is a thread worth weaving between this and the #startup community somewhere, I think.
A lot of YIMBY folks I talk to (even those who aren't black) seem to have an affinity for hip-hop and I do think it's because the medium speaks the truth about a lot of the #urbanpolicy stuff that they have to deal with day-to-day. "Jazz is more advanced than the architecture. If architecture were at the point reached by Jazz, it would be an incredible spectacle." "Hip-Hop Architecture is a critique of #modernism -- towards the liberation of the working-class." "Hip-Hop is a 'Post-Occupancy Report' on modernism." Lots of great quotes here.
Music is important because it's a metaphor for how people and styles from different backgrounds can come together and work towards a common cause in solidarity. I've met and worked with a lot of people I wouldn't have otherwise myself, thanks to my musical projects. Worth the 20 mins you'll spend hearing what Ford has to say -- how did I not know this was a thing up until now?
4 months ago
All eyes are on Sidewalk Labs' futuristic plans for a data-driven neighborhood in Toronto. But no one's watching more closely than Bianca Wylie. “A city is not a business,” Wylie, who’s been called “the Jane Jacobs of the smart city” told CityLab’s Laura Bliss. For the privacy advocate, the redevelopment of Quayside—as the project site has been dubbed—seems to be wrong in its very conception. Waterfront Toronto is responsible for 800 acres of prime urban real estate on the lake, and by Wylie’s account, has allowed a private company instead to take the lead on shaping its future. Sidewalk Labs will determine questions of policy that, she told Bliss, should be the province of governments and people, not of a startup. And it’s bigger than Toronto: What happens in this city is a test case that any tech company curious about building a neighborhood will be watching. And observers are seeing that Wylie’s camp is having an impact. “It’s about our neighborhoods, our cities, how we want them to work, what problems should be solved, and which options should be looked at,” Wylie says. “I reject the technocratic vision of problem solving.” Read more via the link in our bio. (📷: Calvin Thomas) #smartcities#urbandesign#urbanpolicy#janejacobs#sidewalklabs
THIS SATURDAY @wordupbooks: Join Word Up for a conversation between Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove—author of "Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It (New Village Press)"—and Maria Lizardo, on the effects of displacement on communities.
Like a sequel to the prescient warnings of urbanist Jane Jacobs, Root Shock reveals the disturbing effects of decades of insensitive urban renewal projects on communities of color. Fullilove passionately describes the profound traumatic stress—the “root shock”—that results when a neighborhood is demolished, and she demonstrates that urban renewal didn’t just disrupt black communities: it ruined their economic health and social cohesion. Dr. Fullilove insists that understanding the damage caused by root shock is crucial to coping with its human toll and helping cities become whole.
Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a professor of urban policy and health at The New School, having moved there in 2016 after 26 years at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Her research examines the mental health effects of environmental processes such as violence, segregation, and urban renewal. In 2004, she worked with colleagues in Upper Manhattan to start the CLIMB project, which has advocated for reinvestment in the area’s cliffside parks.
Maria Lizardo, LMSW, is the executive director of Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC). Maria Lizardo is a proud, first generation Dominican, whose parents migrated to the United States in 1965. Raised in Washington Heights, she has worked at NMIC since 1998 and in 2014, was appointed executive director.
The conversation will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Books will be available for sale.
1 year ago
Not versed at posing.
They however knew how to raise a wildfire for a daughter.
They are too humble to be proud.
Hence I say, I am proud. Of them. Of us.
Few hiccups, and here we are. At the completion of my second masters. Attending the convocation ceremony.
1. Gold medal behind the brown covers.
2. The award winning Research is in my laptop, waiting to go out into the world soon and make my place as an academician.
3. Two aspiring kids, you see them right beside me.
4. Can't wait to begin (Me). TISS, Mumbai (2016-18). #tiss#mumbai#convocation#2018#goldmedalist#check #bestresearch
God is so good. It has been a PHENOMENAL couple of years. Absolutely nothing I have accomplished thus far has been by my own merit.
It’s all Gods favor. 🙌🏾
Tanya McGee, MRP,CGS
Master of Urban and Regional Planning; Concentration: Community Planning
Certificate of Graduate Study: Urban Policy
3 days ago
City Journal mourns the loss of legendary criminologist and longtime contributor, George Kelling. “George Kelling’s empirically based wisdom revived the understanding that protecting public order is an essential and humane function of government—and that the viability of cities rests on respect for the law.” — Heather Mac Donald
We owe George an enormous debt of gratitude for his pioneering work. His legacy as a ‘godfather of broken windows’ won’t soon be forgotten.
Today, we were strolling around Ginza and Akihabara and stumbled onto two roads closed off to traffic for pedestrian. Every weekend, people are strolling the streets of Ginza and Akihabara. So cool to see Tokyo transform these areas into community oriented public spaces #tokyo#ginza#urban#city#urbanpolicy
1 week ago
“Can’t be ignoring the stats
Based off of that
They gotta run me the max!”🎓
4 Days ‘Til Commencement •
Proofs for my forthcoming article in CITY. The amount of work that goes into an academic paper is sometimes ludicrous, but the feeling of seeing my words and name in print after all the hard work (not just by me but by colleagues, supervisors, reviewers, Editors, Editorial Board, copy editors, etc) is pretty damn sweet.