11.7.14

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Sidewalk Rating: Sopping

The New York I lived in, on the other hand, was rapidly regressing. It was a ruin in the making, and my friends and I were camped out amid its potsherds and tumuli. This did not distress me—quite the contrary. I was enthralled by decay and eager for more: ailanthus trees growing through cracks in the asphalt, ponds and streams forming in leveled blocks and slowly making their way to the shoreline, wild animals returning from centuries of exile. Such a scenario did not seem so far-fetched then. Already in the mid-1970s, when I was a student at Columbia, my windows gave out onto the plaza of the School of International Affairs, where on winter nights troops of feral dogs would arrive to bed down on the heating grates. Since then the city had lapsed even further. On Canal Street stood a five-story building empty of human tenants that had been taken over from top to bottom by pigeons. If you walked east on Houston Street from the Bowery on a summer night, the jungle growth of vacant blocks gave a foretaste of the impending wilderness, when lianas would engird the skyscrapers and mushrooms would cover Times Square.


[Crosswalk surrender flags on Grand Avenue.]



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Only seconds after I took the pictures, the two men ran over to the couple and mugged them – they simply grabbed the camera out of their hands and ran off.

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I’ve posed this question to several friends and acquaintances over the years, and the answers I get mostly fall into three categories:
  • they’re a threat to pedestrian safety
  • they flout the law
  • they interfere with an otherwise smooth-flowing system
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http://www.retronaut.com/2014/07/the-hand-of-guido/


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http://www.retronaut.com/2014/07/vogels-scale-of-urine-tints/


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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152250138023310&set=gm.735267476534277&type=1&theater


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http://stuffaboutminneapolis.tumblr.com/post/90986551944/grain-belt-beer-poster-girl-in-the-barley


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http://www.minnpost.com/macro-micro-minnesota/2014/07/railroads-kenwood-and-metro-corridors-tensions-go-back-long-long-time



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http://imgur.com/PQyQGSz


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http://kottke.org/14/07/robots-gone-wild


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http://news.distractify.com/culture/arts/jeff-friesen-lego/?v=1


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https://twitter.com/swanatron/status/486985750475309056



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http://stuffaboutminneapolis.tumblr.com/post/90984706174/downtown-fire-location-unknown-1951



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http://www.minnpost.com/earth-journal/2014/07/letter-ludington-plant-powers-14-million-homes-and-blends-scenery


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http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2011/12/1000-doors-by-choi-jeong-hwa/


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http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/06/30/the-science-and-maps-behind-finding-available-citi-bikes-and-docks/


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http://www.verysmallarray.com/?p=1763


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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=486049028120980&set=a.160628790663007.34853.140809269311626&type=1&theater


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/07/why-cars-remain-so-appealing-even-in-cities-with-decent-public-transit/

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http://www.minnpost.com/data/2014/07/which-minnesota-counties-have-highest-concentrations-foreign-born-residents

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http://catandgirl.com/?p=4625


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http://kottke.org/14/07/where-to-stand-in-solar-system


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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2014/07/slow-death-of-the-death-penalty-in-america/


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http://www.mn2020hindsight.org/view/water-for-energy




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http://waronthemotorist.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/that-cycling-revolution/


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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/10/are-uber-and-lyft-responsible-for-reducing-duis/



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http://www.vox.com/2014/7/8/5880931/the-19th-century-health-scare-that-told-women-to-worry-about-bicycle?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_name=share-button&utm_campaign=vox&utm_content=article-share-top


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http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2014/07/i-love-the-80s-1982-low-vs-2009-low/

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http://kottke.org/14/07/lionel-messi-is-impossible


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http://peakoil.com/production/north-dakota-and-the-bakken-by-county


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http://www.minnpost.com/minnesota-blog-cabin/2014/07/speedy-light-rail-trip-get-downtown-minneapolis


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http://www.vox.com/2014/7/9/5883823/its-not-just-hipsters-on-bikes-cycling-is-most-popular-for-poor-people


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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/civil-rights-act-anniversary-racism-charts_n_5521104.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/30/how-much-your-meat-addiction-is-hurting-the-planet/



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http://www.newgeography.com/content/004400-watch-220-years-us-state-population-growth


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- Flat-billed hats
- Large chains
- Sleeveless under shirts
- Long white T-shirts
- Athletic apparel
- Sports jerseys without collars
- Excessively baggy clothing
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http://scttdvd.com/post/90755125807/adhocratic-via-urban-renewal-and-the


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http://stubblemag.com/2014/07/08/dead-birds-are-sexy-and-kind-of-beautiful-too/


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http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2014/07/st-marks-empty-windows.html


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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152601852262474&set=a.46604312473.70801.628382473&type=1&permPage=1


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http://www.citylab.com/housing/2014/07/the-geographic-legacy-of-seinfeld-in-new-york/373992/



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http://stuffaboutminneapolis.tumblr.com/post/91392176729/minusmanhattan-minneapolis-from-above


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http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jul/09/multistorey-car-park-us-designer-micro-apartments-affordable-housing


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http://tcsidewalks.blogspot.com/2013/05/donate-to-this-sidewalk-blogger.html




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