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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Sainte-Marie, Saint John, Phoenix, Paris, Singapore

  • The flood-damaged community of Sainte-Marie, in the Beauce south of Québec City, may not recover from necessary demolitions of damaged and dangerous structures. CBC reports.
  • Erecting a barrier at an apparently suicide-attracting bridge like the Reversing Falls Bridge in Saint John makes perfect sense to me. Global News has it.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes that, happily, voters in Phoenix have voted again in support of a light rail mass transit project.
  • Tyler Cowen at Marginal Revolution notes that the department of Paris has continued to lose population, contrary to the experience of growth elsewhere in other similar world cities.
  • CityLab makes the case for Changi Airport, in Singapore, as a world-class attraction in its own right.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Socialist Modernism, capping highways, desert cities, Amazon, Google

  • Guardian Cities introduces readers to the Socialist Moderism Instagram account, part of a project by Romania’s Bureau for Art and Urban Research to preserve records of Eastern Bloc architecture.
  • Brian Martucci at Oxy writes about how many American communities are capping their highways, burying them underground, and in so doing restoring neighbourhoods split by mid-20th century construction.
  • This beautiful long-form essay at Lithub by Saritha Ramakrishna, looking at her childhood in Phoenix, imagines what futures will be available to the United States’ desert cities in the foreseeable future.
  • Matt Taylor at VICE notes that non-rich people face being driven out of major cities and that initiatives like wooing Amazon will only make things worse.
  • Via the Map Room Blog, I found Jack Nicas’ New York Times article noting how Google Maps is not only renaming old neighbourhoods and creating new ones, but that these labels now stick.

[BLOG] Some Thursday links

  • Centauri Dreams notes a paper suggesting that a world without plate tectonics could support Earth-like conditions for up to five billion years.
  • D-Brief notes a paper suggesting that, although geoengineering via sulfate could indeed lower global temperatures, reduced light would also hurt agriculture.
  • Dead Things notes a suggestion that the Americas might have been populated through two prehistoric migration routes, through the continental interior via Beringia and along the “Kelp Route” down the Pacific North American coast.
  • Peter Kaufman, writing at the Everyday Sociology Blog, shares some of the impressive murals and street art of Philadelphia and grounds them in their sociological context.
  • L.M. Sacasas at The Frailest Thing suggests that social media, far from being a way to satisfy the need for human connection and attention in a mass society, creates a less functional solution.
  • Hornet Stories reports that Turkish Radio and Television vows to remain outside of Eurovision so long as this contest includes queer performers like Conchita Wurst (and other queer themes, too, I don’t doubt).
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money reports on a study suggesting that the oratory of Hitler actually did not swing many votes in the direction of the Nazis in the elections of Germany in 1932.
  • Patricia Escarcega at Roads and Kingdoms praises the Mexican breakfast buffet restaurants of Tucson.
  • Arnold Zwicky meditates on the Boules roses of the Village gay of Montréal, Swiss Chalet, and poutine.

[CAT] “Phoenix truck driver rescues kitten from the trash”

The Toronto Star shares a heartwarming story from Arizona, describing how a recycling truck driver saved a kitten.

Angelo Almendarez was collecting containers along his Peoria route Friday when he heard a strange sound coming from the back of his truck — a kitten’s meow.

A city spokeswoman says the kitten is a male orange tabby estimated to be less than 3 weeks old.

Phoenix TV station KPHO reports the kitten has been adopted by an employee of Peoria’s Streets Division.

This isn’t Almendarez’s first rescue. He recently saved a black kitten from the same predicament.

azfamily.com has more, including photos of the second kitten Almendarez saved.

Written by Randy McDonald

April 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm

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