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Richard Florida on “The Long Road to Recovery”

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Great article by Richard Florida in the new “Cities” edition of The Atlantic magazine: The Long Road to Recovery – go read it now. Not mincing words, Florida warns that this recovery could easily take a generation – up to 25 years, in other words – to kick in. Scary prospects. But what really caught […]

Ecothinking and Marx

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Here’s a plea to connect the dots: watch the video, consider rising food prices, and read about Marx today. Dare you!

Dying Downtown Victoria BC

Monday, March 21st, 2011

If downtown Victoria BC storefronts were teeth, this city would need a new bridge. …Oh, wait. That’s a bad joke (see posts tagged with Johnson Street Bridge)… We are getting a new bridge. But as the following photos will show, what we really need is economic revitalization. This afternoon, I was walking down Fort Street […]

Connect the dots

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Three articles popped up on my radar in the last few days. I got the impression there is a connection between them – all three chronicle a kind of hijacking of democracy and – dare I say it? – meritocracy in favor of expedience and will to power. Prepare to be disposable, they seem to […]

Jumping Malthus’s shadow

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Although I had planned some longer blog posts about the interaction of the natural and the social worlds, how they collide and also drain away from one another specifically here in Victoria BC, I need to blog first about an intriguing book I’m currently reading: A Farewell to Alms by Gregory Clark. I was initially […]

Local emphasis

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

At Northern Voice 2009 (which I still have to assimilate/ digest), I attended a session on hyper-local blogging and also heard people (myself included) lauding the value of “local.” On the ferry ride home, I had a chance to look through The Wall Street Journal. Peggy Noonan’s column, Remembering the Dawn of the Age of […]

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