Ad for @peoplespop at @smorgasburg #brooklyn. Lookin’ good @mshtawythug (at Smorgasburg Pier 5, Brooklyn Bridge Park)
Oh I love the #ironbound. Thank you #Seabra for this beautiful #paella. #Portuguese #eeeeats #yum #newark (at Seabra Marisqueira)
When photographers James and Karla Murray revisited the shopfronts they had documented in their Disappearing Face of New York book they found many replaced by chain stores, banks and luxury apartments
Hopefully this will decrease the amount of tourists holding up traffic while crossing Abbey Road
From Pink Floyd to PJ Harvey, our Street View specialist Halley Docherty shows us the world’s cities through the lens of famous album covers
Street protests are in. From Bangkok to Caracas, and Madrid to Moscow, these days not a week goes by without news that a massive crowd has amassed in the streets of another of the world’s big cities. The reasons for the protests vary (bad and too-costly public transport or education, the plan to raze a park, police abuse, etc.). Often, the grievance quickly expands to include a repudiation of the government, or its head, or more general denunciations of corruption and economic inequality.
Aerial photos of the anti-government marches routinely show an intimidating sea of people furiously demanding change. And yet, it is surprising how little these crowds achieve. The fervent political energy on the ground is hugely disproportionate to the practical results of these demonstrations.
Notable exceptions of course exist: In Egypt, Tunisia, and Ukraine, street protests actually contributed to the overthrow of the government. But most massive rallies fail to create significant changes in politics or public policies. Occupy Wall Street is a great example. Born in the summer of 2011 (not in Wall Street but in Kuala Lumpur’s Dataran Merdeka), the Occupy movement spread quickly and was soon roaring in the central squares of nearly 2,600 cities around the world.
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