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Sydney Sings!

There is a pretty amazing film project documenting an unusual choir in Sydney being done by a friend of mine, Albert Lecoanet. His wife, Liz, is directing a choir of volunteers from all walks of life: Rather than having a choir made up of ‘just’ homeless people, or ‘just’ employees or ‘just’ school boys’, this […]

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More About Detroit Bankruptcy

Guardian, UK News papers and blogosphere published many articles on the plight of Detroit and what led to its decline. Following are few articles I picked to share with those who are still searching for information and answers. Hundred and eighty-two year old Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit area. It […]

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Healing Communities through Planning and Design in Rwanda

Today, largely as a result of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, there are approximately 2.8 million orphans in Rwanda. With the highest proportion relative to the total population of under-18 year old children in the world, Rwanda has an immense challenge to tackle. Earlier this summer, I went to Rwanda with my college in order to participate […]

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A child at the Boston Bombings Memorial. Jim Bourg / Reuters 
Matthew DeLuca, “Boston observes moment of silence one week after bombing,” NBC News, April 22, 2013. Accessed July 1, 2013. Retrieved from
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Urban Trauma: How the City Deals with Disaster

The presence of trauma in the arts is nothing new. Its creation is therapeutic, and its legacy is even stronger: trauma art is some of the most famous artistic creations because they give meaning to an insurmountable feeling that is felt by an entire population. These people, who come together over the art, form a […]

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A Perspective on Neighborhood Change: Crown Heights

For the last supper we each ordered our own plate, five sides for $8.50. I ordered double kabocha squash because it’s my very favorite, accompanied with okra, collards, and chickpea stew. He chose a platter of mock meats. Imhotep’s, a Jamaican vegan spot on Nostrand in Crown Heights. It was our go-to for a hearty […]

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Taksim Square: To whom does this public space belong?

Taksim Square is a central public space and transit hub located in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey.  It is a major tourist attraction with hotels, shops, restaurants, and cultural landmarks. It is also a place where public events, parades, and New Year celebrations take place. Also, one of the largest and most visited pedestrian commercial corridors […]

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EVENT: 5/11/13 Bike the Branches

What: Bike the Branches (Registration is now open!) When:  Saturday, May 11 (Rain Date: Sat., May 18), 2013 10am – 5pm : Bike Ride 5pm – 7pm : Finish Line Celebration Where: All 60 Branches (choose your own route), ending at Central Library For Whom: Bikers, Brooklynites & Library Lovers of all ages Cost: Adults $20 […]

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What’s next for urban planners?

As discussed in two recent blogposts, Fringe Planning and Community, the planning profession is at a distinct crossroads. Our short history of little more than 150 years has resulted in only a couple of major paradigm shifts: the grand City Beautiful designs, Modernism’s clean-slate, and oft-reactionary Participatory movement. Mired in politicization and NIMBYism, sustainability and resiliency planning […]

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Australian “mockumentary” Babakiueria role-reverses colonization

In 2004 I was lucky enough to study abroad at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. Known as the “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef”, Cairns (pronounced “cans”) is the last large population center on Australia’s northeast coast. It’s known for its excellent diving, cloud forests and rainforests, cassowaries, its far-north Queensland lifestyle including rat-tails, […]

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Community

In the rather sobering article on urban planning that Alex shared in a recent post, there was an intriguing comment about the nature of “community.” The commenter (Blake Chastain) really put into words the uneasy feeling I occasionally have about community-based planning. “Communities are exclusionary; they may seek to be inclusive, but to some extent a […]

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