My weekly fix - part 1

If you're addicted to urban life go ahead - read, click and comment.

Suburbia, before the fall - In a series of photographs Andrew Borwowiec critically examines a major demographic shift, the unsettling of the suburbs. Borwowiec's new book The New Heartland: Looking for the American Dream (May 2014) should probably be on your reading list.

Thinking of switching up your transportation and trading in your car or truck for something more sustainable? You're not alone. Check out these photographs of where unsold cars get parked. With some staggering numbers, Zero Hedge has the story - Where unsold cars go to die.

In the Atlantic's CityLab Richard Florida reviews a longitudinal study on urban poverty released earlier this month by Joseph Cortright and Dillon Mahmoudi - The Overwhelming Persistence of Neighborhood Poverty.  Florida also mentions a Cleveland Fed study about gentrification happening in super cities like New York, Boston and Washington DC.  Not Buffalo, NY.

Also in CityLab check out Sarah Goodyear's latest, The Most Dangerous Cities for Pedestrians. Between 2003 and 2012 47, 025 pedestrians were killed by cars in the United States.  Should pedestrians where helmets?

Finally, the film of the week goes to City of God (2002) directed by Fernando Meirelles. Set in Rio de Janeiro's favela in the late 60's through early 80's, the plot revolves around two boys lives where one becomes a drug dealer, the other a photographer. The film is cast with non-professional actors that add to its rich authenticity. City of God is available free online here with English subtitles.


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