Whose Good Life Are These Coffee Shops "Positive Markers" Of?

A series of MIT Media Lab maps are percolating through the internet, showing the locations and "walksheds" of independent coffee shops in San Francisco, Brooklyn, and Cambridge. These shops play an important role in urban life, as the researchers explain in their project description: » 4/11/14 3:31pm 4/11/14 3:31pm

American Secrets: New York City

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"American Secrets: New York City" is an audiovisual attempt at reckoning with Stop and Frisk, gentrification, and coming of age New York City by three young American artists (two emcees, one graphic designer) and their Mayor. The song and video embedded above deal with these hard questions; the lyrics are pasted below. » 10/12/13 12:30pm 10/12/13 12:30pm

Dear Khary (An Autobiography of Gentrification),

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Last I saw you, you were stamping a kiss onto my forehead. I don't remember what you were wearing, or your smell. Only that you gave me a kiss the night before you left. That was twenty-three years ago. I was five. » 9/01/13 12:28pm 9/01/13 12:28pm

Mike Tyson Offers A Few Thoughts On Gentrification

On returning to his old Brownsville neighborhood: "This white woman come up, and I'm thinking, Wow. When I was a kid, she would've been robbed and raped and left for dead. This is a real strange scenario, and I just wanted to cry. I'm like, 'Who am I? Where's my heritage?'" [Details] » 7/19/10 3:30pm 7/19/10 3:30pm