Friday, February 18th, 2011
For those of you in Chicago, there’s an interesting looking event coming up on March 22nd. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs Young Professionals group is bringing in Greg Lindsay, who co-wrote Aerotropolis, and noted local architect Jeanne Gang to talk about building cities according to the logic of globalization.
1. Joel Kotkin: America’s Biggest Brain Magnets
3. Scott Eden: Fantasies Made Fresh – A 2004 article about a handful of towns across the river from St. Louis that are almost entirely supported by the strip club trade. Brought to my attention via longform.org.
4. NYT: Mayor of Rust – Yet another feature, this time in the NYT Magazine, of Braddock, Pennsylvania mayor John Fetterman. I’ve got to admit that I can’t help but wonder whether the Braddock phenomenon has done more to help that city or John Fetterman, who’s become a media darling and mini-celebrity.
More Chrysler Super Bowl Responses
There are a few additional articles out there about the Chrysler Super Bowl ad I thought you might like. One is Andrew Shears’ Detroit, Eminem, and Chrysler’s Geographic Imagination. Another is by St. Louis journalist Tim Logan who writes about Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad and the power of a city’s brand. And over at Grist, Sarah Goodyear asks, How Do You Sell a City Without Selling Out?
Ed Glaeser on the Daley Show
You may have noticed that Ed Glaeser is ubiquitous these days as he’s out touting his new book The Triumph of the City. Here’s an appearance he did on the Daily Show (if the video doesn’t display click here).
World and National Roundup
Saskia Sassen: Talking Back to Your Intelligent City
Ed Glaeser: How skyscrapers can save the city
Ben Schulman: China’s empty trains and other unintended consequences
Cogito Urbanus: The Future of American Cities May Be Vancouver, BC
Linda Baker: White in the White City
Jason Tinkey: Night Falls on Hoboken
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: We’re Not Really Rooting for Ourselves Anymore
Detroit Blog: Desolation Angel
Wes Janz: This is Flint, Michigan
Indy Star: Beyond the Big Game – The Indy Star is taking a year long look at what’s next for the city of Indianapolis.
Ed Glaeser: Assessing the Daley Legacy in Chicago
Changing Gears: Daley and Chicago’s Economic Transformation
Richard Longworth: City of Narrow Shoulders
James Warren: Chicago’s Inequities Belie World-Class Imagery
Stifling Highway Dissent in North Carolina
There was an interesting story in North Carolina, where the state’s transportation officials are trying to prosecute someone for practicing engineering without a license for submitting an eight page traffic analysis on behalf of his neighborhood association. I guess you can provide input during the public involvement process, just don’t be too good at it.
And here’s a classic from the one and only Fail Blog: