2 days agoAugust 30, 2014
Why do we read what every random asshole says two seconds after we post anything?
We allow people access to us 24/7. We’re always in public, constantly checking an anonymous comment box, trying to explain ourselves to everyone, and trying to win unwinnable arguments with strangers who don’t matter in our lives at all.
Denver & The Millenials - Good Urbanism or Burgeoning Inequality Running Rampant?
Denver is currently in the grip of Millennial Fever. This is reflected by everyday discourse about placemaking, public comments by Mayor Hancock and other civic officials, and projects like CityBuild Denver. CityBuild Denver is intended to getyoung adults involved in urbanism. Its kick-off event in October 2013—a sit down dinner for 150 on fine china—was held in Civic Center Park. A nice setting but an arguably tasteless idea, given that Civic Center Park during the day is a catchment area for homeless persons and assorted down-and-outers just struggling to find a place to comfortably sit. Other Denver placemakers justify their development vision by asserting that “everybody in Denver is a transplant.” Such a view supports a certain kind of myopic thinking about who we are and what matters in city building. There are persuasive arguments that the benefits of building for Millennials and cultural creatives don’t trickle down to raise all boats. Short-term tactical urbanist interventions like bike lanes and parklets can nicely illustrate a vision of what’s possible. But they can never address the most compelling structural issues around urban social and spatial inequality. Thinking inclusively has to extend beyond the Millennials. We need to harness diversity in all of its forms, and embrace residents both old and new, in order to realize the city’s “diversity advantage.” Civic Leadership at multiple levels is crucial to achieving this goal.
1 week agoAugust 21, 2014
the social laboratory singapore surveillance state
Singapore has become a laboratory not only for testing how mass surveillance and big-data analysis might prevent terrorism, but for determining whether technology can be used to engineer a more harmonious society.
Let me be clear: Unarmed college hopefuls don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids heading to work or trade school don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids floundering aimlessly through life don’t deserve to be shot. Unarmed kids who have been in trouble—even those who have been nothing but trouble—don’t deserve to be shot.
The act of pinning the tragedy of a dead black teen to his potential future success, to his respectability, to his “good”-ness, is done with all the best intentions. But if you read between the lines, aren’t we really saying that had he not been on his way to college, there’d be less to mourn?
That’s dead wrong.