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How Burrowing Owls Lead To Vomiting Anarchists (Or SF’s Housing Crisis Explained)


planning vs voting = balancing complicated tradeoffs vs soundbite slogans = unaffordable housing for capitalist winners. A TechCruch primer:

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[tc_dropcap]The Santa Clara Valley was some of the most valuable agricultural land in the entire world, but it was paved over to create today’s Silicon Valley. This was simply the result of bad planning and layers of leadership failure — nobody thinks farms literally needed to be destroyed to create the technology industry’s success.[/tc_dropcap]

Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world’s most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse people who have helped create it. At least that’s the story you’ve read in hundreds of articles lately.

It doesn’t have to be this way. But everyone who lives in the Bay Area today needs to accept responsibility for making changes where they live so that everyone who wants to be here, can.

The alternative — inaction and self-absorption — very well could create the cynical elite paradise and middle-class dystopia…

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Community Build Days at Pier 42!


A Perfect Day in NYC — Community Building at Pier 42, the Lower East Side’s most happening waterfront hot spot! Saturday June 7th, 11am to 3pm.

Originally posted on Paths to Pier 42:

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Volunteers care for plants at a Community Build Day in May, 2013.

You’re invited to Community Build Day at Pier 42! Community Build Days are opportunities to work directly with Pier 42’s resident artists and designers to help realize installations on site, getting your hands dirty with planting, painting, and building. Please contact Anna Pelavin at anna@hesterstreet.org if you’re interested in volunteering,


Saturday May 17, 11am-3pm

Saturday June 7, 11am-3pm

Wednesday June 25, 1-4pm

To see more photos of Pier 42 being transformed during last year’s Community Build Days, click here.


Volunteers help to build Mary Mattingly’s 2013 installation, Triple Island.

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If Mayors Ruled the World…

If Mayors Ruled the World...

Modern cities fulfill the promises of John Dewey and Walt Whitman’s paeans to democracy by allowing ‘democratic voices, ardent dreamers and lawless artists’ to inspire each other. By focusing on practical solutions to the day-to-day problems that affect their constituents, city mayors champion a mode of governance characterized by collaboration and consensus, and the global ties they create offer a more human-centered, applied style of politics than the contentiousness of national legislatures or the bureaucratic talking shops of the U.N. and European Union…

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These incredible sliding images turn Sprawlsville, U.S.A., into an urban utopia


Just add water… How Phoenix is reinventing itself

Originally posted on Grist:

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Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company. Urban Advantage, Inc.

Like the mythical bird for which is it named, the city of Phoenix, Ariz., is ripe for a radical transformation à la Fawkes. No, don’t actually set it on fire! There’s no need; the new, improved city can rise from the asphalt of the old. In fact, it’s already started.

“Phoenix is the poster child of sprawl,” says Galina Tachieva, author of the Sprawl Repair Manual and a sustainable planning partner at Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, the lead consultant working with the city to help revamp its zoning codes. “It doesn’t receive enough credit for doing really great things, and [for] having this young generation of people who want to do great things about their city.”

The zoning overhaul is part of an initiative called Reinvent PHX, which aims to foster new, concentrated areas of economic development, making the city denser, more efficient, and more resilient to…

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The One Thing Every Business Dies Without

Harvard Business Review:

A week late, but… The Trouble with “Earth Day”

Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review:

George Carlin always called people on their BS. He once railed against the idea of “saving the earth,” pointing out that the Earth will be fine with or without us. “The planet isn’t going anywhere. We are! … The planet’ll shake us off like a bad case of fleas.” All that would be left of us, he said, was maybe some Styrofoam.

The idea that the earth needs humans to thank it and care for it is kind of funny. So Earth Day is kind of a quaint idea. And also strange to think that we might only value the spinning ball we’re totally reliant on for a single day each year. Imagine if you only appreciated your mother on Mother’s Day, or your significant other on Valentine’s Day. It would not bode well for your relationships.

As many pundits will point out every year at this time, we need…

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Picnic on the Pier!

Originally posted on Paths to Pier 42:

On May 4th 2014, you’re invited to come celebrate both the first annual LES History Month, and the launch of the second season of Paths to Pier 42!

• Enjoy live music and dance, with a free salsa lesson!
• Participate in family friendly activities provided by the Tenement Museum and Museum of Chinese in America!
• Meet this year’s Paths to Pier 42 artists and designers and learn how you can participate in the creation of public art at Pier 42!
• Learn about river ecology and participate in a waterfront bioblitz!
• Pack a picnic or sample food offerings from local food trucks!
• Free! All are welcome!



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