The 3rd Annual “Stuff I’m Doing Over Summer” Post
So summer in New York is pretty great and yet culturally speaking people sleep on staying in New York for the summer. Yes, it’s humid; yes, it’s kinda inundated by tourists (though when isn’t it?). But there’s so much stuff going on, most of it free. For the past few years I’ve written a calendar of stuff I’m doing over the summer. (I’ll invariably be going to a bunch of sporting events - especially the Brooklyn Cyclones and New York Red Bulls - but I’ll mostly omit those here.) Here’s the list this year:
A memo from 20 years ago, today.
Key quote: “The internet is a collection of computer networks that is connected around the world…A code of ‘netiquette’ exists among users and within user groups, but otherwise, you pay your money, find your niche and take your chances.”
via Johnny Kauffman at NPR
Oh hello Hudson River #goinghome (at Amtrak Northeast Corridor)
Roman Mars is the best guy ever. I ride for Roman Mars.
The violent and tumultuous chain of recent events on Ukraine’s Independence Square in Kiev, shown above, underscores the continuing debates over urban design and public space. While grand squares often serve as cradles of democracy, we should remember that authoritarian forces can also redesign such public spaces to crush grassroots social movements.
Matt Ford’s recent article in The Atlantic on “A Dictator’s Guide to Urban Design” points to the enduring tension between the square as democratic symbol and authoritarian tool: ”the public square [serves] as an epicenter of democratic expression and protest, and the lack of one—or the deliberate manipulation of such a space—as a way for autocrats to squash dissent through urban design.”
Public space matters, not just for everyday urbanism, but for the very heart and soul of democratic societies.