What is a slum anyway? He has a concise answer: “House owned by people, land owned by government.”
This August I went to Moscow for the first time in over a year. I was there to help my grandmother move, a move necessitated in part by the fact that my sister, Masha, is leaving the country after twenty years. Masha is leaving the country because she is gay, and the Russian parliament, with the full support of the Kremlin, has decided that gay people are what’s wrong with Russia. A recent law even suggested that gay couples who had adopted could be stripped of parental rights; Masha adopted her son Vova twelve years ago. It was time to go.
No Indian city has seen collective action on the scale that Mumbai has. Few cities anywhere in the world have.
The Yards, in some sense, created the District.
Gentrification is turning vulnerable residents into tumbleweed, and it’s gradually transforming the Mission.
January 24, 2014
There are, according to the Council on Tall Buildings, three different kinds of height.
Outside, people are climbing up the steep slope of the bridge’s pedestrian walkway, on foot or skateboard or bicycle. Only a few look at the building, and even fewer try to glimpse inside. I am in here, watching the bridge and chain-smoking.
September 23, 2013
It’s the everydayness of the X-rated that makes these photos fun to look at.
June 14, 2013
People from Johannesburg might be fearmongers and lunatics, but we’re not mere fearmongers and lunatics: there’s a story to how Ponte came to earn its jittery status. To begin with the end, the inner city is, at present, slowly moving back into money again. It’s been at the task haltingly for a decade or so, but gentrification is reaching the point of inevitability now.
The funeral came off without a hitch, in spite of the snow. It was as dignified as we could have hoped for and no one from the altar mentioned what had happened. I parked my rental car on Argyle Avenue, feeling a bit more alert than usual. In Atlanta, just after Thanksgiving, two gunmen robbed me of my station wagon and wallet; two days before Christmas I didn’t want to invite fate’s wrath a second time. I was back home in Baltimore.
August 28, 2009
The photographs of a beautiful, flooded New Orleans brought back memories of chronically waterlogged Venice.
“Gentrification”: the term evokes the political and mental life of two generations of city-dwellers.