Gentrification is Complicated
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Every day at The Overhead Wire we sort through over 1,500 news items about cities and share the best ones with our email list. At the end of the week, we take some of the most popular stories and share them with Urban Milwaukee readers. They are national (or international) links, sometimes entertaining and sometimes absurd, but hopefully useful.
Using Lego to sell a city budget: City staffers created a four and a half minute video detailing the City of Arlington Texas’ $552M budget. The video, which uses Lego city scenes and budget specifics explained by mini-figures has since gone viral, attracting over 700,000 views and attention from media outlets around the country. (Francesca Gariano | The Today Show)
Solarpunk and the end of capitalism: Solarpunk, a futuristic urban aesthetic that’s a mix between steampunk and cyberpunk, is an optimistic vision of a future society that operates on renewable energy. While the clean images bely a society where solar roofs and windmills generate clean energy, it’s more a vision for an end to a capitalistic system that created the environmental crisis we currently see by prioritizing people and the planet over the individual and profit. (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank | Motherboard)
Engineers fudging numbers might have saved New Orleans: The City of New Orleans was spared flooding and major damage from Hurricane Ida in part because of billions of dollars in investments made in flood protection by the Army Corp of Engineers. We’ve since found out that the protections were built stronger than might have been allowed at the time by using 200 year versus 100 year estimates of future storm strength. (Alejandro de la Garza | Time Magazine)
Gentrification is complicated: While first coined in England in the 1960s, gentrification as a term didn’t take off in the United States until the late 1990s as cities were facing major urban changes. But gentrification is a complicated topic with many meanings for different people. In this piece, Jerusalem Demsas writes that while gentrification is the most visible manifestation of urban inequality, segregation and concentrated poverty are the true blights of urban life. (Jerusalem Demsas | Vox)
Quote of the Week
We perceive all of these services to be so separate we’ve never really emphasized the power of the network that they constitute. The philosophical problem that we need to solve is defining what we’re talking about.
–Lex Powers, manager of strategic planning at SEPTA in the Philadelphia Inquirer discussing plans for renaming it’s rail lines under the umbrella name Metro.
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