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April 16th, 2014
thesmithian

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

January 29th, 2014
thesmithian

chicagopubliclibrary:

Their First Library Cards!

Jackson & Ian (and mom) braved the cold weather recently to stop by our Bucktown-Wicker Park Branch and get their library cards! 

[look of the hour]

Reblogged from CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
December 10th, 2013
thesmithian

As “Let the Fire Burn” makes clear, whereas MOVE members were imprisoned and killed for their misdeeds over the years, no one who ordered or condoned the bombing in 1985 was ever held to account.

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December 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

Cleveland didn’t decline because industry left. Cleveland didn’t decline because people left. Vacant houses are not Cleveland’s cross to bear. Cleveland’s ultimate problem is that it is cut off from the global flow of people and ideas. Cleveland needs to be more tapped into the world.

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Cleveland didn’t decline because industry left. Cleveland didn’t decline because people left. Vacant houses are not Cleveland’s cross to bear. Cleveland’s ultimate problem is that it is cut off from the global flow of people and ideas. Cleveland needs to be more tapped into the world.

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November 30th, 2013
thesmithian

Nery Gabriel Lemus’ work is informed by his childhood shuttling between a…Latino urban neighborhood to suburban Granada Hills, in a bus full of Latinos and African Americans…Lemus’s work gracefully exposes the subtle racial tensions between two cultures.

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November 23rd, 2013
thesmithian

'…Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent in D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood. To put that in perspective, when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for smoking a “little speck” of crack cocaine that was not in his personal possession back in 1990, he was sentenced to six months in a federal prison. That about sums up the racial disparity crisis between cocaine and crack possession sentencing in our nation, which despite recent reforms, still allows white men leniency in the courts compared to African-Americans.'

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November 19th, 2013
thesmithian

Thousands of critics of Haiti’s Pres. Michel Martelly staged protest marches…among the biggest demonstrations against Martelly since he took office in 2011…the crowd in the capital swelled as protesters passed each neighbourhood. Their complaints ranged from the cost of living to high levels of government corruption.

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