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The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

How Brooklyn Got Its Groove Back by Kay S. Hymowitz, City Journal Autumn 2011 Fantastic article by Kay Hymowitz on Brooklyn, NY: history, economics, gentrification, and the importance of land use zoning. Must-read. QUOTE Walentas’s prescience—and patience—put him in an unusual position. Like many successful developers, he was able to make a lot of money: […]

Close to quitting (or noticeably downsizing) Facebook

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

I knew there were good reasons to dislike Facebook’s new redesign known as Timeline – nor does it appear that I’m alone in thinking it’s a visual mess, too. Or that it’s a bunch of new work for digital hamsters. Lately, in my current vagabonding stage, I’ve been thinking hard about work. Working in someone […]

Where’s our “I, Claudius” when we need it?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

When I read about art events like this, I can’t help but think of I, Claudius and its relentless chronicle of Rome in decline… …performance art legend Marina Abramović created a stir when she was accused of exploiting other artists during L.A.’s MOCA gala. Guests at the posh event paid up to $10,000 dollars so […]

City of villages

Monday, December 19th, 2011

A city of villages: that’s what they call Portland, and it’s true. Clustered along most major corridors, it seems, nodes of vibrant market activity suddenly appear – and if the shops are indies, they look to be thriving and attracting lots of customers. I wrote previously (here and here) that the city strikes me as […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Inside Forbes: The Inspiring Data Behind Two Digital Reporting Strategies – Forbes Super interesting. Must-read article. QUOTE What works best on the Web, short or long-form journalism? The monthly audience statistics for two accomplished FORBES reporters prove that online news consumers crave both. They devour brief and timely information and seek out the in-depth coverage […]


Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

I’ve censored the following, in protest of a bill that gives any corporation and the US government the power to censor the internet–a bill that could pass THIS WEEK. To see the uncensored text, and to stop internet censorship, visit: I ███████ ████. ████ on: ██████ are ██████ █████ █████ two web ██████████ █████ […]

The Sunday Diigo Links Post (weekly)

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Are Complete Streets Incomplete? « Project for Public Spaces – Placemaking for Communities So true. QUOTE Streets and parking can take up as much as a third of a community’s land, and designing them solely for the comfort of people in cars, and then only for the most congested hour of the day, has significant […]

What’s up with Vancouver real estate prices?

Friday, December 9th, 2011

In a kind of  yang-ish counterpoint to my last post about yin-ish Portland (and Victoria), here’s a pointer to a BC Business article, Housing has become Vancouver’s toxic asset, by Tony Wanless, that makes me think Vancouver’s yang is just a tad out of control. Wanless points to a blog post by Vancouver independent city […]

Satire speaks the truth

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

So now I’ve been in Portland for about one-and-a-half weeks, and it’s time to ask myself whether I’d want to stay. Is it pleasant? Yes. Funky? Ditto. Something I want to embrace? …Not so sure yet. (Not to mention vice versa: would Portland want me? Where do I fit in??) Portland reminds me of Victoria […]

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