Neil Smith on the difference between today’s hypergentrification and its previous waves, in Vanishing New York. I like that this whole article is complicating the black and white conversation about gentrification (which you know is because I’m an overeducated white person who moved in to a slightly down-at-heel neighbourhood in order to afford to stay in the city)
abandoned car showroom in the DMZ between the Turkish and Greek sides of Cyprus. click through for more…
“Home Depot™ Presents the Police!®” I said, flashing my badge and my gun and a small picture of Ron Paul. “Nobody move unless you want to!” They didn’t.
“Now, which one of you punks is going to pay me to investigate this crime?” No one spoke up.
“Come on,” I said. “Don’t you all understand that the protection of private property is the foundation of all personal liberty?”
It didn’t seem like they did.
“Seriously, guys. Without a strong economic motivator, I’m just going to stand here and not solve this case. Cash is fine, but I prefer being paid in gold bullion or autographed Penn Jillette posters.”
Nothing. These people were stonewalling me. It almost seemed like they didn’t care that a fortune in computer money invented to buy drugs was missing.
I figured I could wait them out. I lit several cigarettes indoors. A pregnant lady coughed, and I told her that secondhand smoke is a myth. Just then, a man in glasses made a break for it.
“Subway™ Eat Fresh and Freeze, Scumbag!®” I yelled."
Charlottetown’s big anniversary is coming up! The 150th anniversary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, that is. That means there is a whole lot of celebrating Canadian Confederation history this year, in the nation’s wee-ist province. Fitting for “the Cradle of Confederation.”
Jeff Alward is running a blog about creating a graphic novel for the occasion! You can follow it here, and even if this piece of history isn’t what will keep you there, having an inside look at the making of an ambitious graphic novel should.
Excited about this project! PEI was my cradle as well as Confederation’s (however contested the latter statement, the former is surely beyond reproach) and all three of the folks involved are some of my Knuckleheads from The Day. Congrats to them for getting funding to make a cool thing!