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“A drone has captured footage of hundreds of South Koreans queuing for masks in Daegu, one of the epicentres of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.”
"[Bloomberg] called New York City a “luxury product,” and said, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could get all the Russian billionaires to move here?” and “If we could get every billionaire around the world to move here it would be a godsend that would create a much bigger income Bloomberg is making a bold stand for his pro-immigration image here. ...Read More
"As the city is transformed by gentrification and inequality, comedies have begun depicting it as a place of magical connection."
A new report from the Citizens Budget Commission ranks NYC as the eighth most affordable large city, based on housing and transportation costs.
Inadequate public water infrastructure and climate change have created an opening in Nepal and elsewhere for private operations delivering water (often low quality or contaminated) at exorbitant prices to desperate people. It's the emergence of an ecosystem of vested interests both on the private side (growing monopoly over water access) ...Read More
‘A recent poll of people aged 18-35 by a state think-tank found 52% of those living in smaller towns and cities had moved there after spending on average three years in top-tier cities, citing the fast pace of life.’ An interesting news item that steers away from an-prim framings and ...Read More
“Radicant living has been codified and commodified via the neverending global schedule of biennials, art fairs, panels and openings. Tech companies like Airbnb and Uber extract profit from mobility as we rely on them for on-demand apartments and rides in each new city, while critics and curators fare no better It’s a lifestyle the critic Andrew Berardini both summarized and parodied in a 2014 essay for the Canadian art website Momus, ‘How to Survive International Art: Notes from the Poverty Jetset’. Already that piece reads like a nostalgic elegy for a bygone time. Berardini trades Bourriaud’s theoretical polemics for a ...Read More
“The illusion of a city is carefully constructed atop a vast apparatus that exists primarily to organize capital, labor, and profit.” Another great piece on Sidewalk Labs and Quayside, their planned Toronto neighborhood.
“while the goal of a left tech policy should be to strike at the root of private power by transforming how our digital infrastructures are owned, we will also need legislative and administrative rule-making to govern how those infrastructures are allowed to operate.”
Dean Kissick on the art industry’s relationship to climate change and its neoliberal big money backers: “None of these are complicated projects. Pharrell’s ‘100 Years’ won’t be released for 100 years. Paterson’s ‘Future Library’ is a library for the future. Visitors to Eliasson’s “Ice Watch” can watch the ice melt. Also, it looks like a watch. As society turns against nuance, expect plenty more massively expensive ...Read More