Tag: cities

what Amazon got out of the HQ2 search

Amazon got more than just some tax breaks in its HQ2 search: But arguably even more concerning than deepening regional inequality and the possibility of Bezos becoming the landlord of the nation’s capital is the fact that few cities will...

/ November 29, 2018

murder, policing, and justice

This well-reported story about TJ Smith, the Baltimore Police Department’s former spokesman who lost his half-brother to violence in the city (and just resigned!), is well worth reading and reflecting on: As for Smith, his failed struggle to lead Dionay...

/ October 11, 2018

the inequality keeps growing and growing and growing

I have really been appreciating Alec MacGillis’ careful reporting on the places that have been left behind in our current economy, and this ProPublica report from Dayton, Ohio (that also frequently references Baltimore, another struggling place) is no exception: In...

/ October 1, 2018

the ecosystems of vacant lots

Having lived around a lot of vacant lots in Baltimore and seen many that were tinkered with and then abandoned again, this story from Andrea Appleton about a researcher trying to find what grows best, absorbs toxins, and retains stormwater...

/ September 4, 2018

when churches commodify diversity

Duke Kwon allows the text to speak for itself in his review of The Urban Church Imagined: Religion, Race, and Authenticity in the City: This consumer orientation also has implications for the way the church relates to racial diversity and its members...

/ April 30, 2018