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[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • blogTO reports that streetcar tracks are involved in a third of Toronto’s bike crashes.
  • Centauri Dreams notes that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is a source of heat.
  • The Crux notes the non-medicinal uses of tobacco.
  • Dangerous Minds looks at the voyeuristic photography of 20th century Czechoslovakian photographer Miroslav Tich.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes that Chinese and Iranian forces have joined Russia in exercises at Kaliningrad.
  • Torontoist looks at the risks of a land expropriation for a Scarborough subway extension.
  • Towleroad notes that Bernie or Bust could particularly hurt immigrants.
  • Window on Eurasia notes anti-Central Asian migrant sentiment in the Russian Far East.

[URBAN NOTE] “The Future of Food in Cities: Urban Agriculture”

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The Inter Press Service’s Aruna Dutt looks at urban agriculture in the world, starting from New York City.

Habitat III, the UN’s conference on cities this coming October will explore urban agriculture as a solution to food security, but here in New York City, it has shown potential for much more.

Record-high levels of inequality are being felt most prominently in the world’s cities. Even In New York City, the heart of the developed world, many urban communities have food security issues.

Since the year 2000, New York City food costs have increased by 59 percent, while the average income of working adults has only increased by 17 percent.

Forty two percent of households in the city lack the income needed to cover necessities like food, shelter, clothing, transportation, and healthcare but still earn too much to qualify for government assistance.

Last year, OneNYC was introduced, a plan specifically aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, aiming to lift 800,000 people out of poverty in a decade.

Written by Randy McDonald

July 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Urban farming returning Detroit to its roots, but not without challenges”

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Dave LeBlanc’s special in The Globe and Mail looks at the state of urban agriculture in Detroit. Can it truly be a lasting phenomenon?

It’s a patch of land that contained 12 houses in its heyday.

Five years ago, it contained nothing.

Today, after four years of urban farming, the southwest corner of Custer and Brush Streets in Detroit’s North End neighbourhood has become a literal cornucopia. In the past two years, it’s pumped out 400,000 pounds of produce that has fed 2,000 households within two square miles. It has provided valuable volunteer experience for 8,000 local residents who have collectively put in 80,000 hours, which have been valued at $1.8-million (U.S.).

Tyson Gersh, 26, a University of Michigan student and co-founder of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) in 2011, estimates that about $2-million has also arrived in the form of new investment as abandoned houses are purchased nearby, which are then renovated and filled with tenants. And all of these new eyes, whether on the faces of volunteer farmers or new residents, create a safer place to live.

Yet, offers Mr. Gersh, “I believe that the current [city] administration sees urban agriculture as nothing more than a transitional land use; I don’t think they see it as having any long-term relevance to the city that we think they should have.”

Written by Randy McDonald

July 9, 2016 at 8:39 pm

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

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  • Discover introduces its new blog Astrobeat.
  • Centauri Dreams looks at our operations throughout our solar system.

  • Dangerous Minds shares recordings from Prince’s Sign o’ The Times tour rehearsals.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze links to a study of gas giant HD 95086b.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes evidence for pre-European trade in eastern Polynesia.
  • Gizmodo notes that a large vertical farm is being built in New Jersey.
  • Joe. My. God. notes that Kim Davis is being accused of hiding requested public documents.
  • The LRB Blog notes that the Chilcot report proves Blair’s culpability.
  • Marginal Revolution notes the weakness of Deutsche Bank, looks at how the weak pound won’t help Britain, and observes Italy’s weakness.
  • Steve Munro considers reviving the Scarborough LRT proposal.
  • Personal Reflections’ Jim Belshaw notes Australia’s problems with Internet speed.
  • Supernova Condensate looks at the Juno probe’s arrival at Jupiter.
  • Transit Toronto notes that high speeds have slowed down rail transit in Toronto.

[NEWS] Some Monday links

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  • Bloomberg notes the rail boom in Bangladesh, looks at the fall in the value of the pound, notes a German proposal to give young Britons German citizenship and observes Spanish concern over giving Scotland a voice, looks at competition between Paris and Frankfurt to get jobs from the City of London, looks at how a Chinese takeover of an American ham company worked well, and observes that revised statistics show a much rockier economic history in Argentina.
  • Bloomberg View notes that Merkel is Britain’s best hope for lenient terms and compares Brexit to the Baltic break from the Soviet Union.
  • The Globe and Mail notes continuing problems with the implementation of tidal turbines on the Bay of Fundy.
  • MacLean’s notes that pride marchers in the Manitoba city of Steinbach can walk on the street, and looks at the impact of immigrant investment on Vancouver’s housing market.
  • National Geographic notes the endangerment of Antarctica’s penguins.
  • Open Democracy compares Brexit and the breakup of the former Soviet Union, looks at water shortages in Armenia, and examines the impact of Brexit on Ireland.
  • The Chicago Tribune looks at urban violence.
  • Universe Today notes the Dutch will be going to the Moon with the Chinese.

[NEWS] Some Wednesday links

  • Bloomberg reports on the problems of France’s Burgundy wine region, looks at the impact of Brexit on the economy of South Africa, and thinks Airbnb will survive San Francisco.
  • Bloomberg View considers what the European Union will do next, looks at the EU’s failure to capture hearts and minds, and notes that young Britons are now trapped.
  • The Globe and Mail reports on the problems of Sobeys.
  • The Inter Press Service reports on Cuban agriculture.
  • MacLean’s examines the reasons for Québec separatists’ disinterest in Brexit.
  • National Geographic notes the suspension of Florida’s bear hunts.
  • The National Post suggests Canada could take up the slack in NATO left by the United Kingdom.
  • Open Democracy considers tabloid-driven nationalism in the former Soviet Union and features Owen Jones talking about the need for post-Brexit Britain (or England) to change.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

  • The Big Picture looks at flooding in West Virginia.
  • Centauri Dreams considers how to develop a deep-space infrastructure.
  • Crooked Timber considers Boris Johnson and looks at the Norway option.
  • Dangerous Minds praises Laura Nyro.
  • The Dragon’s Tales reports on Martian agriculture.
  • The LRB Blog considers the ongoing constitutional crisis in the United Kingdom.
  • The Map Room Blog looks at the results of the Spanish elections.
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