Baxter Street in Echo Park, East Los Angeles, is the fifth-steepest hill in America; it’s so steep that inexperienced drivers struggle with it, spinning out and crashing, especially in the rain.
Luckily, it’s not a main road and so the people who’ve used it for most of its 130+ year history have beenRead More
Bruce Sterling’s scathing editorial in The Atlantic on the future of “Smart Cities” uses London’s many smart city initiatives as a kind of measuring stick for the janky and dysfunctional future of civic automation: a city that throws great smart city conferences while its actual infrastructure is a mess of “empty skyscrapers, creepy CCTVRead More
London has fatbergs: glistening, multiton agglomerations of fat, sanitary napkins, “flushable” wipes, human waste, dirty diapers, used condoms, and delicious strawberry jam; New Orleans has 93,000 pounds of plastic Mardi Gras beads.
The city’s emergency crews have spent $7m since September, vacuuming the beads out of 15,000 of the city’s 64,000 catch-basins,Read More
Designer, maker and writer Hillary Predko’s “Kipple Field Notes” is five short essays on the nature of stuff in the 21st century, its relationship to justice, the environment, cities, intergenerational strife, housing, and geopolitics.
It’s my kind of thing, acknowledging the pleasures and desirability of physical things without excusing the environmental and humanRead More
By Cory Doctorow To call Shopsin’s “a Greenwich Village institution” was to understate something profound and important and weird and funny: Shopsin’s (first a grocery store, later a restaurant) was a kind of secret reservoir of the odd and wonderful and informal world that New York City once represented, in the pre-Trumpian days of SesameRead More
Ten MTA cars have been outfitted as Subway Libraries by the New York Public Library: the in-car wifi connects riders to an e-reading repository containing “books, short stories, chapters and excerpts donated by publishers to the New York Public Library.”
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It’s just one of the many excellent ways that NYPLRead More