>

August 12th, 2014
thesmithian

“Treatment of these communities is not equal. In white communities, the police truly protect and serve. In black communities, that is not the case.”

more.

July 1st, 2014
thesmithian

…dollar vans and other unofficial shuttles make up a thriving shadow transportation system that operates where subways and buses don’t —mostly in peripheral, low-income neighborhoods that contain large immigrant communities and lack robust public transit. 

more.

…dollar vans and other unofficial shuttles make up a thriving shadow transportation system that operates where subways and buses don’t —mostly in peripheral, low-income neighborhoods that contain large immigrant communities and lack robust public transit.

more.

June 29th, 2014
thesmithian

the tendency to write off teen-age boys because of distrust of their neighborhoods or the color of their skin, to assume that jail is the place for them, has not gone away. Neither, somehow, has Donald Trump.

more.

the tendency to write off teen-age boys because of distrust of their neighborhoods or the color of their skin, to assume that jail is the place for them, has not gone away. Neither, somehow, has Donald Trump.

more.

May 29th, 2014
thesmithian

"This is not a story of New York, where people come there from their hometown and use sexual identity to meet people in a new city…This is a place where your sexuality is operating amongst family relationships, ethnic relationships and neighborhood relationships. All of these things are very closely intertwined, and if you’re going to do anything in this city, it’s going to involve your family at some point. What we’re trying to do is to take a history that’s not just a gay history, but it’s a Pittsburgh history. It’s a Pittsburgh history of gayness; you just can’t separate the two."

more.

May 29th, 2014
thesmithian

In…Detroit in the 1940s, with its free-spending, predominantly white working class, and its bone-chilling winters, bowling provided a year-round getaway from war work, a way to recreate and socialize right in the neighborhood. But it was a segregated oasis, one that barred black Detroiters from almost all the best lanes. And with trainloads of black Southerners coming to town seeking newfound prosperity and social equality, the game of ten-pin began to symbolize equality in a way that’s hard to understand today.

more.

May 18th, 2014
thesmithian

"the highest concentration of references to ‘hipster’…are located in the gentrifying areas of Brooklyn such as Dumbo, Prospect Park and Williamsburg, as well as the SoHo/NoHo neighborhoods and the area around Columbia University in Manhattan, which reinforces the all-too-often-commented-upon relationship between hipsters and gentrification. These areas are surrounded by a much more extensive belt of tweets referencing ‘bro’, suggesting a clear spatial divide between these two groups within the city."

data maps, here.
May 10th, 2014
thesmithian

…despite a rebound in the U.S. housing market, African-American and Latino neighborhoods remain disproportionately impacted by the real estate crash, with many minorities still underwater on their mortgages…

more.

April 16th, 2014
thesmithian

'…perhaps the most striking claim…went mostly overlooked: the argument that gentrification is not inevitable.'

more.

March 26th, 2014
thesmithian

The Chinatown-International District of Seattle, or the “I.D.,” is a diverse community of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese and Vietnamese residents and merchants. Immigrating Chinese laborers began to settle in Seattle in the 1860s, and other cultures followed, creating the interesting neighborhood that remains to this day.

more.

The Chinatown-International District of Seattle, or the “I.D.,” is a diverse community of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese and Vietnamese residents and merchants. Immigrating Chinese laborers began to settle in Seattle in the 1860s, and other cultures followed, creating the interesting neighborhood that remains to this day.

more.

March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

African American soldiers returned from fighting in WWI…they attempted to exercise their social, political and economic rights here at home. They were met by riots and lynchings led by white mobs throughout black communities in 15 states and 27 cities across America from April to November, 1919. According to Cameron McWhirter’s…Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer” because it was so bloody. In total, millions of Americans had their lives disrupted. Hundreds of people—most of them black—were killed.

more.

African American soldiers returned from fighting in WWI…they attempted to exercise their social, political and economic rights here at home. They were met by riots and lynchings led by white mobs throughout black communities in 15 states and 27 cities across America from April to November, 1919. According to Cameron McWhirter’s…Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer” because it was so bloody. In total, millions of Americans had their lives disrupted. Hundreds of people—most of them black—were killed.

more.

March 12th, 2014
thesmithian

…vada pav stalls and carts have quietly expanded in neighborhoods that have large Maharashtrian, or ethnic Marathi, populations, like Girgaum, Shivaji Park and Dadar.

more.

…vada pav stalls and carts have quietly expanded in neighborhoods that have large Maharashtrian, or ethnic Marathi, populations, like Girgaum, Shivaji Park and Dadar.

more.

March 1st, 2014
thesmithian

…a national culture, more than a folklore, is the ongoing collective effort of a people to justify its own existence. Reggae is that effort embodied in Jamaica and its social and cultural significance can still be felt across the island. It’s in the way Jamaican music blares ceaselessly from the speakers of taxis crisscrossing the capital. It’s in the persistence of the Rae Town street party that’s taken place every Sunday in East Kingston for over forty years. It’s in the debates that go on in newspapers and the halls of the University of the West Indies. And, maybe most importantly, it’s in the Jamaicans who continue to play, listen, comment on, and participate in this music that is such a defining aspect of their culture.

more.

February 17th, 2014
thesmithian

Widening the 405 is like finding a slightly bigger sponge to throw in the ocean, whereas a north-south line along that corridor is ideal. Getting rail to LAX, which I’m committed to doing. With the Expo Line, if you live on the far west side, you’ll have an option next year to go from ‘the sand to the symphony’ in 40 minutes. And the Crenshaw Line will be a gamechanger for South Los Angeles.” —Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Loading tweets...

@danamo

Likes

culture is politics. politics is culture.
[beta]

Networks

Following