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[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Milton, Hamilton, New York City, Mexico City, Tel Aviv

  • MacLean’s reports from the GTA suburban city of Milton, a key battleground in the federal election.
  • Hamilton police continues to be caught up in controversy over its handling of Pride. Global News reports.
  • CityLab profiles new murals being created in New York City’s Harlem, on 125th street, here.
  • Guardian Cities considers some ambitious plans for remodeling Mexico City, with vast new neighbourhoods and airports, which never came off.
  • Atlas Obscura looks at a notable library of books and other documents in the Yiddish language, housed out of a decrepit bus terminal in Tel Aviv.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Ottawa, Montréal, Miami, Mexico City, Berlin

  • CBC Ottawa reports on the complaint of an Ottawa condo-owner that his tenant is renting the unit out via Airbnb.
  • CBC Montreal notes that a rent advocacy agency in the neighbourhood of Saint-Henri is being driven out of its offices by rent increases.
  • VICE reports on how a Miami trailer park and its residents are set to be driven out of their home by luxury housing.
  • CityLab reports on a Mexico City market, the Sonora Market, specializing in goods for religious believers.
  • Reuters notes a street protest by rent activists in Berlin calling for the nationalizing of the housing stock.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, New York City, Tijuana, Mexico City, Honolulu

  • CityLab notes that talk about the rent in Montréal being uniquely affordable is somewhat exaggerated.
  • CityLab notes that, in New York City, the growing numbers of electric bikes are posing a major problem for traffic planners.
  • Despite high levels of crime, tourism in Tijuana is thriving, VICE reports.
  • CityLab has a nice photo essay looking at a “market on wheels” in Mexico City.
  • Honolulu and wider Oahu are trying to regulate the construction of “monster homes” on the island, houses that occupy much too much of their lots and might not be a good response to the island’s housing crisis. CityLab reports.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Montréal, New York City, Mexico City, Tijuana, Mosul

  • Montréal mayor Valérie Plante outlines how, in the face of provincial government cuts to immigration in Québec, her city will continue to welcome immigrants and promote their integration, over at CTV.
  • Gothamist shares the argument of new MTA transit head Andy Byford to New York City’s city council there that the city simply must spend $US 40 billion to keep the MTA running.</li.
  • CityLab looks at how access to water is a major political issue in Mexico City, one that local community groups are acting upon.
  • The Central American refugees in Tijuana, CityLab reports, are facing an increasing number of issues, including deteriorating conditions and local hostility.
  • A VICE interview suggests that the city of Mosul, eighteen months after ISIS, is in such a poor state of repair that a resurgence of the Islamic State is possible.

[URBAN NOTE] Five city links: Wawa, Calgary, Mexico City, Tirana, Hong Kong

  • Vice shares the photographs taken by Cheyenne Jackson of the declining, aging, northern Ontario town of Wawa. What future does it have?
  • At MacLean’s, Jason Markusoff looks at the diminishing support for the 2026 Olympics in Calgary. Is there any case for this?
  • Guardian Cities reports on the Via Verde, the vertical gardens attached to the pillars of the Mexico City freeway system. Are they merely cosmetic?
  • The continued efforts of the civic authorities in the Albanian capital of Tirana to improve life in this growing city are the subject of this Guardian Cities article.
  • This SCMP article makes a compelling argument that the distinctiveness of Hong Kong, as a city not wholly of China, is inexorably declining.

[URBAN NOTE] Four notes around the world: New York City, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Mexico City

  • Bloomberg notes global warming can expose New York City to heightened flood risks every five years, not every 500.
  • Saudi Arabia, Bloomberg notes, plans to build a new city from scratch.
  • VICE notes that Hong Kong, with its dear real estate, is running out of space for its dead.
  • Spacing looks at how Mexico City is expanding its cycling infrastructure as part of its bid for world status.

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait looks at Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte, loneliest galaxy in the Local Group.
  • Centauri Dreams examines the recent detailed view of the star Antares, and notes Antares’ mysteries.
  • False Steps’ Paul Drye notes Project Adam, a Sputnik-era proposal for a manned American suborbital flight.
  • Far Outliers recounts a 1945 encounter between an American general and the Sultan of Sulu, impoverished by the war.
  • Language Log notes the Sino-Indian propaganda video war over their border dispute in the Himalayas.
  • The LRB Blog looks at the messy process of the demobilization of FARC in Colombia.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at how Virginia has managed to become a multicultural success story.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the photos of India taken by Cartier-Bresson.
  • The Power and the Money’s Noel Maurer wonders how, despite the drug war, Mexico City continues to feel (even be) so peaceful. Can it last?
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel goes through the many reasons why it makes no sense to fear first contact with aliens.
  • Strange Company tells of Bunkie Dodge, pool-playing cat of early 20th century New England.
  • Unicorn Booty notes that the new Taylor Swift song is inspired by Right Said Fred’s “I’m So Sexy.”
  • Window on Eurasia shares an argument that an essentially post-colonial Russophone cultural community cannot coexist with a Russian empire.

[URBAN NOTE] “Mexico City’s Expansion Creates Tension between Residents and Authorities”

The Inter Press Service’s Emilio Godoy describes some of the tensions created around Mexico City as that megalopolis expands.

People living in neighborhoods affected by the expansion of urban construction suffer a “double displacement”, with changes in their habitat and the driving up of prices in the area, in a process in which “we are not taken into account,” said Natalia Lara, a member of an assembly of local residents in the south of Mexico City.

Lara, who is pursuing a master’s degree in public policies at the Latin American School of Social Sciences (Flacso), told IPS that in her neighborhood people are outraged because of the irrational way the construction has been carried out there.

The member of the assembly of local residents of Santa Úrsula Coapa, a lower middle-class neighborhood, complains that urban decision-makers build more houses and buildings but “don’t think about how to provide services. They make arbitrary land-use changes.”

Lara lives near the Mexico City asphalt plant owned by the city’s Ministry of Public Works, which has been operating since 1956 and has become asource of conflict between the residents of the southern neighbourhoods and the administration of leftist Mayor Miguel Mancera of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, which has governed the capital since 1997.

In mid-2014, Mancera’s government announced its intention to donate the asphalt plant’s land to Mexico City’s Investment Promotion Agency, which would build the Coyoacán Economic and Social Development Area there.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

[URBAN NOTE] “Mexico’s Chinampas – Wetlands Turned into Gardens – Fight Extinction”

Emilio Godoy’s Inter Press Service feature looks at the persistence of the chinampa style of agriculture, even in the middle of the densely urbanized Valley of Mexico.

David Jiménez grows two kinds of lettuce and other fresh produce on his “chinampa” or artificial island just under one hectare in size in San Gregorio Atlapulco, on the south side of Mexico City.

“We can get five or six harvests a year. Lettuce can grow in 30 days,” Jiménez, the president of the six-member La Casa de la Chinampa cooperative, told IPS with evident enthusiasm. The cooperative operates in Xochimilco, one of Mexico City’s 16 boroughs.

The ejido – land held in common by the inhabitants of a village and farmed cooperatively or individually – where Jiménez has his farm covers 800 hectares, and is home to 800 farmers who mainly grow vegetables. Half of the ejido is made up of chinampas.

The system of chinampas dates back to the Aztecs, long before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in the 15th century. The technique creates small, rectangular gardens reclaimed from Mexico City’s marshy lakebed by piling up soil on a mat of sticks, using wattle as fencing and willow trees at the corners to secure the bed.

The chinampas are rich in muck and decaying vegetation, which provide nutrients for the crops, while the ditches between them give the plants continuous access to water. As a result, the vegetables grown there are especially rich in nutrients.

The chinampas, which help feed the 21 million people who live in Greater Mexico City, are in the boroughs of Milpa Alta, Tláhuac and Xochimilco.

Worked by some 5,000 farmers, the chinampas cover a total of 750 hectares. The system is profitable, because they produce a combined total of around 80 tons a day of vegetables.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 3, 2016 at 5:48 pm