In San Francisco, the anti-gentrification movement is taking to the streets.
Your move, Brooklyn.
Protestors Blockade Google Bus on 24th and Mission
A group of protestors, angered by rising rents and neighborhood gentrification, blocked a parked Google bus filled with workers from departing from the corner of 24th and Mission this morning. Bearing mock traffic signs that said “Two-Tiered System” and “Illegal Use of Public Infrastructure,” what appeared to be a dozen neon-vested activists stood in front and behind the bus, preventing it from leaving. According to reports from the scene, the bus departed after half an hour.
According to a flyer handed out by protestors at the scene and their website, the activists—who called themselves the “San Francisco Displacement and Neighborhood Impact Agency”—demanded that tech firms pay $1 billion to the city for what they call “illegal” use of MUNI bus stops. Those funds, they went on to say, could be used to fund affordable housing, eviction defense, and a halt to Ellis Act evictions.
From inside the bus, one woman took to Twitter to express her displeasure:
@FashionistaLab: thank-you protesters, for delaying my commute by 30 minutes. that’s really going to solve a lot of problems! #googlebus #undersiege
@FashionistaLab: my #googlebus is still under siege. I agree that there are a lot of probs w/ housing & displacement in SF, but we are not the source of it.
@FashionistaLab: @thepearshape they’re protesting people who work at Google and live in the Mission? Not sure.
@FashionistaLab: I agree with you that SF isn’t for sale, but don’t hate on me for my job. You think I LIKE commuting to Mountain View? this protest is dumb.
@FashionistaLab: Some people on this Google bus are/were sympathetic to your cause, but way to paint a broad brush and demonize innocent people.
@FashionistaLab: My Google Bus is currently under siege by protesters at 24th and Valencia. Hey protesters: it’s not nice to hijack ppl on their way to work!
I think we can expect to see more of this sort of thing. Gentrification is only increasing in pace and scope, and still seen by many in government/local government as the least worst or only realistic way to improve run-down neighbourhoods. There’s only one way we can save our cities: PLANNING.
Just a little Thanksgiving infrastructure.
“Trenton makes; the world takes.”
In Buffalo, urban planners are using small-scale development to address challenges of vacancy in low market areas.
Can vacancy be adequately addressed at this scale?
In upstate New York, buyers with activist inclinations are preserving a city, one foreclosed house at a time.
What will New York be like under de Blasio?
I asked and answered at Untapped Cities.
Oh Chrysler and Empire - you win every time.
Fun Maps: How New Yorkers Really Feel About Each Other (414 of them at least) http://ift.tt/1byWQaU
These 3D images of inequality are pretty incredible!
The power of the Census!
How Bad Is the Income Gap in Your City? The Answer in GIFs
Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm recently created these eye-popping 3-D images of New York City’s towering levels of incoming inequality.
Lamm has now expanded his project to include other major US cities. As you’ll see in the GIFs below, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami are now part of the 3-D inequality club. Using 2012 data from the mapping site ArcGIS, Lamm superimposed green blocks representing the median net worth of census block groups over photos of the cityscape. The effect clearly visualizes the drastic levels of income inequality found across the country.
(Source: Mother Jones)
A cartoon by Jason Patterson. For more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/1elvhDR
Once again, I find myself wondering who are the terrible graphic designers contracted by the Federal Reserve? I AM BLINDED.
The Federal Reserve will begin circulating a new US$100 bill Tuesday with some modern and colourful anti-counterfeiting features
The Federal Reserve will begin circulating a new US$100 bill Tuesday with some modern and colourful anti-counterfeiting features, after overcoming problems that postponed its debut for more than 2 1/2 years.
In addition to traditional safeguards like a paper blend that would be difficult to duplicate, the redesigned note will have two new features: a three-dimensional blue strip with images that appear to move when the note is tilted, and an image of a copper inkwell containing a holographic bell whose colour changes when tilted.
The note is the final U.S. currency denomination to undergo the “New Color of Money” face-lift that started with the US$20 note in 2003, introducing subtle hues and other security features to paper currency as part of efforts to stay ahead of counterfeiters. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
It looks like this because of the rest of the world, not the U.S. The C-note is the most-counterfeited bill outside the U.S., with the $20 the most-counterfeited inside.
Brick by Brick, Block by Block - Mapping the Construction of Brooklyn
This awesome map shows when every building in the borough was constructed.
Accuracy test: The map says my building was constructed in 1900, my proprietary lease says 1911.
New transit pyramid is pretty awesome.
Via Gehl Architects.