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Influx and Exodus: Two Conversations on Urban Density

http://www.vanalen.org/elsewhere/events/influx-and-exodus-two-conversations-on-urban-density/ Conversation Tuesday, December 9 7:30pm—9:30pm Van Alen Institute 30 West 22nd Street New York, NY $7 Buy Tickets Rust Belt cities struggle to repurpose vacant land and adapt the delivery of fundamental services, and cities like Mumbai and Lagos sprawl ever outward with dense informal communities: In both cases, adapting to sudden population change […]

East London Kids To Be Offered Training Loans To Learn Coding

http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/25/tech-city-fellowship/ A new digital skills training fund will be piloted in the U.K. in January which will offer loans to non-graduate young people from East London with the dual aim of tackling the ongoing U.K. tech skills shortage while also addressing a socio-economic gap that tech risks exacerbating. The fund, called the Tech City Fellowship, […]

Falling Wages at Factories Squeeze the Middle Class

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/business/falling-wages-at-factories-squeeze-the-middle-class.html Even as the White House and leaders on Capitol Hill and in Fortune 500 boardrooms all agree that expanding the country’s manufacturing base is a key to prosperity, evidence is growing that the pay of many blue-collar jobs is shrinking to the point where they can no longer support a middle-class life. A new […]

The Urban Village

http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/social-networks-urban-villages-in-cities-by-carlo-ratti-and-matthew-claudel-2014-11 “I want to be a part of it – New York, New York,” Frank Sinatra sang of the city that has attracted so many of the world’s most ambitious people, from artists and performers to businesspeople and bankers. In a sense, this is not a difficult phenomenon to explain; metropolises like New York City, […]

La Marqueta, Hot Bread Kitchen, and HBK Incubates

3 in one – one space in East Harlem houses a multi-cultural bakery that provides training and professional development to immigrant women (Hot Bread Kitchen), an incubator program for emerging food businesses (HBK incubates), and retail space to sell those products (La Marqueta). Featured on Real Food with Mike Colameco: La Marqueta (Hot Bread Kitchen) […]

We Are A Camera

— Experience and memory in the age of GoPro A recent New Yorker article by Nick Paumgarten explores the relationship between life and its ubiquitous documentation as enabled by GoPro cameras. “When the agony of missing the shot trumps the joy of the experience worth shooting, the adventure athlete (climber, surfer, extreme skier) reveals himself […]