Anti-Gentrification Restaurant

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Read this NYT article by Ginia Bellafante on Brooklyn’s Anti-Gentrification Restaurant.

A great initiative by people who are aware that restaurants will follow and settle in the area who very likely will have little sensitivity to the needs of the neighbourhood.

The photo above shows a class in the Brownsville Community Culinary Center in Brooklyn. The program helps prepare participants for careers in the food and restaurant industry.

The initiative involves, amongst others, chef Claus Meyer, who is also know for opening the restaurant Gustu and cafés in La Paz, Bolivia to train young people for jobs in the food world.

Five myths about infrastructure

To know what infrastructure we need to build, we need to have an idea of what kind of world we want to live in.

Joel H. Moser’s (*) discussion of Trump’s ‘Infrastructure Week’ and misconseptions on what IF is and does for society that are commonly present in politics and public debates today. This five infrastructural myths are discussed in his Washington Post article:

1. New infrastructure projects would reduce unemployment.
2. Regulations kill infrastructure projects.
3. Private investment leads to infrastructure projects.
4. Infrastructure spending will spur growth.
5. We know what infrastructure we need.

(*) “Joel H. Moser is  the founder and CEO of Aquamarine Investment Partners, an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.” (see article)

“From 12 to 12” – 24 hours at Langstrasse

Made in 1971, “From 12 to 12” is a fine and unadorned document on at the time Zurich nightlife in the Langstrasse neighborhood. Worth watching! The film by Gianni Paggi was recently recovered from the SRF Swiss Radio and Television archives. Music by Swiss jazzman Bruno Spoerri, makes the film enjoyable to watch also for non-German speakers. Read this TA article.

 

Hamburg-Steilshoop

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«The actual achievement of the city happens elsewhere. Where the diversity of life produces ruptures and problems.»

«Such neighbourhoods do the main integration work for a city.»*

Whereas the media celebrates the Elbphilharmonie as a world architectural achievement, in this SZ article, Thomas Hahn visits Steilshoop in the Hamburg Wandsbek district. Parts of Steilshoop were conceived as reformist estates and built in 1969, but declined and socially disintegrated after a few years. Its negative image was tenacious, even when the city took initiative to revalorise the district and invest in social projects in the 1980s. Nevertheless, the neighbourhood has developed an ability to draw strenght from the daily struggle for the weaker members of society, or, as says Pastor Sönke Ullrich, “we in Steilshoop live in the future”.

(The SZ article is in German)