Seeing Gentrification behind the Window of a Sicilian Bakery

Steetnotes 21 coverWhat scholars think of as gentrification is often associated with more expensive and aesthetically elegant cafes, restaurants, and boutiques that appeal to the high-class consumers’ tastes.  Yet, it also means the displacement of working class residents and their stores.  There happened to a bakery in the south part of Park Slope, a place where coffee cost less than a dollar, but the rent jumped up from four thousand dollars a month to a whopping five thousand dollars a month. So, what might be the real face of this transition?  Perhaps, the face of Signora Enrica, one of two old Sicilian sisters who used to own an old-fashion Italian Bakery.

Read my last article on Streetnotes (2013) 21: 25-28

“Seeing Gentrification behind the Window of a Sicilian Bakery: Reflexive Ethnography and documentary practice in Brooklyn”

La riGenerazione a #Milano inizia dai Giovani! #MIGeneration @FDVLAB

Questo post è in italiano, soprattutto perchè parla di Milano e delle sue giovani generazioni.

Ieri, venerdì 17 maggio, con un concerto alla Fabbrica del Vapore in cui si sono esibiti tra gli altri i rappers Mondo Marcio, Vacca e Babaman, ha preso il via la prima edizione di ‘MI Generation’, il festival del protagonismo giovanile di Milano. L’iniziativa terminerà a fine settembre col ‘MI Generation Camp’, il Forum delle Politiche giovanili della città e sulla città.

Io, che vivo questa città da quando sono nata, la sento per la prima volta “partecipare” e mi piace che questa partecipazione passi per seminari pubblici come quello organizzato al Politecnico lunedì 20 maggio, o attraverso linguaggi universali come la musica, meglio ancora utilizzando il RAP.

La riGenerazione non può che iniziare dai giovani, perchè è attraverso i giovani che speriamo si inneschi il cambiamento di questa Milano, una città che deve iniziare a riflettere su cosa siano oggi cittadinanza, seconde generazioni e intercultura. (Thanks to G.Lab, festival riGenerazioni e Icei)

Photographing Tokyo’s Coolest Escalators


Miha Tamura captures the extraordinary side of this everyday ride.

Of all the transport modes in the city, escalators probably get the least amount of love. Elevators go much higher much faster. Trains go much farther (and are much prettier). Subways carry more people more places. If you think anything when they think about escalators, you probably wonder why they’re always broken.

The Tokyo-based blogger Miha Tamura is on a mission to rescue the escalator from urban transport obscurity. At her site, Tokyo Escalator, Tamura tries to capture the extraordinary side of this everyday ride. Despite its name, the site also features cool escalators from other Japanese cities, as well as a few from other parts of the world.

Many of Tamura’s images have been compiled into a book alongside a collection of short stories — each of which ends with a girl riding up an escalator. She says the source of her fascination comes from the fact that she saw very few escalators in her small hometown of Kanazawa before moving to Tokyo, where of course she sees them everywhere.

“The more I know about escalators, the more I get interested,” she tells Atlantic Cities.

Read the Article here.