I know a lot of people who do technology for a living and almost universally, there’s a libertarian streak that runs through them — information should be free, do your own thing and leave me alone, that sort of mind-set. That’s very much what the Internet is. And almost to a person that I’ve talked to, they say, ‘Yeah, I would probably vote for Republicans, but I can’t get past the gay-marriage ban, the abortion stance, all of these social causes.’ Almost universally, they see a future where you have more options, not less. So questions about whether you can be married to the person you want to be married to just flies in the face of the future. They don’t want to be part of an organization that puts them squarely on the wrong side of history.Michael Turk, a G.O.P. digital strategist from Robert Draper’s excellent NYT Magazine piece: Can the Republicans Be Saved from Obsolescence?
But here’s where the Dutch example is instructive. The government did not ask for volunteers to leave. It made a decision, based on real numbers and the economy of the area. The polder would be used as a spillway. The farms would have to go. The farmers would be compensated, but staying wasn’t an option: a tough, greater-good decision that American politicians tend to avoid like kryptonite.Inspiring read on how the Dutch are accepting and responding to the realities of nature.
You were A number one. Top of the list. King of the Hill. A number one.
We’ll miss you Koch-kee. We’ll miss you.
We now represent the song catalogs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
I couldn’t be more appreciative of this opportunity or proud of the Downtown Music Publishing team.
And thank you Billboard for being kind enough to write about this earlier today.
Photo Credit: Ian Macmillan; © Yoko Ono Lennon
…the main reason it’s created such a fuss is simply because no one knew. It’s incredible that, in an era of gossip websites and messageboard rumours, one of the biggest stars in the world, presumed retired, can spend two years making a new album without the merest whisper of it reaching the public.
A refreshing approach. Bravo Bowie, Bravo.
As a life-long mapophile, getting to visit the far corners of the Earth holds special significance, perhaps similar to a sports fan traveling to the Olympics or the Rose Bowl. Last week I had the privilege of visiting one such destination: the hauntingly beautiful province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
Located at the very tip of South America, Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago separated from mainland Argentina by the Straits of Magellan. With a landscape that includes the Andes Mountains, dense forests, glacial lakes and the windswept Beagle Channel, the region is home to three types of penguins, Canadian beavers, gigantic king crabs, albatross, woodpeckers, hawks, sea lions and foxes.
I’m proud of precisely one photo I snapped with my iPhone on this trip, the sideways trees above. Fortunately, we were traveling with Mari, who moonlights as a professional photographer. You can check out her beautiful photo set here on Flickr.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is spending $3.8 billion on a single subway station at the World Trade Center designed by Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect known for his costly projects. If New York could build subways at the prices that Paris and Tokyo pay, $3.8 billion would be enough to build the entire Second Avenue subway, from Harlem to the Financial District.From one of the year’s better articles explaining the complete disaster that is mass transit planning and development in the US.
The other week I was cycling around London and was constantly amazed at the number of parks and squares I was bumping into. While NYC has some large-scale beauties that go toe to toe with Hyde and Regents, I kept thinking it would be fantastic if we were competitive with London on volume.
In my search for a list of recent or planned additions to NYC Parks, I came across Hudson Yards which has just released plans for a super interesting new green space, dubbed Hudson Park & Boulevard, in Midtown West.
Beyond the size —4 acres stretching from 33rd to 42nd— what I love about the design is that it completely ignores the grid, tearing right through the super-blocks between 10th and 11th Ave.
And perhaps most awesome, much like the Hudson River Greenway and the Highline have done for Chelsea, Hudson Park continues the re-development of the far west side through prioritizing parks and pedestrians.
Well done, planners. Well done.
Check our more maps and renderings of the park c/o architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh here.