Simplying Me

“Cities are human inventions that are thousands of years old…The creation of suburbs is a recent phenomenon and we’re struggling with how to pay for them.”
Why Downtown Development May Be More Affordable Than The Suburbs | Forbes.com, 3/15/2014 (via atlurbanist)

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thisbigcity:

Which city quotes inspire you? Share them with us and we might include them in this series!

thisbigcity:

Which city quotes inspire you? Share them with us and we might include them in this series!

unconsumption:

On the subject of food waste, there’s this to chew on:

A new film, Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story, may be worth adding to your to-watch list. (See recently released trailer above.)

The film’s Web site says:

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer Tristram Stewart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Just Eat It will premiere in Toronto in April 2014.

(trailer by Grant Baldwin Videography)

urbanplannerholic:

'The Simpsons' Unveils a New Springfield Public Transit Map

The map indicates that Springfield’s demographics are quite diverse. There’s a Little Italy, a Medium-Sized Italy, a Little Ethiopia, a vaguely named Ethnictown, and a women’s prison. Entertainment options are plentiful, with the ever-fascinating Museum of Sandpaper, the Duff Brewery, and the fire-spreading monstrosity that is the 50-Foot Magnifying Glass. Some references hard to fathom – what’s in Jerk Circle? – but perhaps die-hard fans can explain them in the comments.

janeharas:

cracked:

“[Bill] Cosby got that the privilege of childhood is bumbling your way through bad ideas until your brain starts to straighten things out for you. But unless you got really unlucky in the gene department, your parents are three steps ahead of what you’re thinking, because they’ve already been there. The Cosby Show didn’t have the nerdy genius child character because kids are almost never smarter than their parents. They didn’t have the stock dumb kid character because real people are more interesting and complicated than what they get on their report cards. After eight seasons, none of the Huxtable children lived up to the expectations and hopes that their hardworking middle-class parents had for them. In fact, it was a running joke that every one of them would end up back in their parents’ home as moochers for the rest of their lives. … That’s the lesson of The Cosby Show: No one gets to micromanage their kids toward success. In other words, Bill Cosby nailed the central millennial problem even as millennials were getting born.”
(via The 5 Most Realistic TV Show Families of All Time)

Cosby show forever

janeharas:

cracked:

[Bill] Cosby got that the privilege of childhood is bumbling your way through bad ideas until your brain starts to straighten things out for you. But unless you got really unlucky in the gene department, your parents are three steps ahead of what you’re thinking, because they’ve already been there. The Cosby Show didn’t have the nerdy genius child character because kids are almost never smarter than their parents. They didn’t have the stock dumb kid character because real people are more interesting and complicated than what they get on their report cards. After eight seasons, none of the Huxtable children lived up to the expectations and hopes that their hardworking middle-class parents had for them. In fact, it was a running joke that every one of them would end up back in their parents’ home as moochers for the rest of their lives. … That’s the lesson of The Cosby Show: No one gets to micromanage their kids toward success. In other words, Bill Cosby nailed the central millennial problem even as millennials were getting born.”

(via The 5 Most Realistic TV Show Families of All Time)

Cosby show forever

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