The following CBC article confirms what we’ve always known: sports stadiums simply do not deliver on their extravagant economic promises. Just as with casinos, the millionaire proponents of stadiums always claim that these big arenas will make a city rich. But just as with casinos: 1. stadiums do not in fact bring any appreciable economic benefits to a region, and yet 2. the general public (led by the media) persists …read more
Posts Tagged ‘cities’
Low-rises in Vancouver’s S. False Creek Quebec City, successful lo-rise/high density combination This short essay by Richard Florida in Atlantic Cities magazine has been making the rounds. It is just the latest in a long string of arguments from many quarters that highrise density isn’t the right density: usustainable, human-unfriendly, sterile, and inimical to innovation, interaction and arts. Highrise density primarily benefits the large developers who build it. We need a …read more
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now speaks with Asma Mahfouz, the girl who began the Tahrir Square revolution in Egypt, in Zucotti Park yesterday. Photo by Democracy Now. Renegade brokers and police joining the demonstrators today, photo by Canadian filmmaker Velcrow Ripper (more here). I just don’t feel like writing about design much these days, unless the definition of design is broadened very, very far. The first video below features Amy Goodman and …read more
Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations. How come it’s so hard to kill a city? There is an interesting discussion of West’s idea in the NYT. I find them interesting, but unclear on the implications for the increasing appetite for new resources. As West points out himself, the resource/depletion/new resource revolutions are accelerating. What next?
For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the video of the discussion between Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Julian Assange of Wikileaks, and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek. It took place in London over the weekend and was produced by Frontline Club. The discussion is wide-ranging but one remark that really struck me was Assange observation of the importance of a city’s central square in democratic movements, that it’s the place …read more