Subway crisis in the making

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Increasing passenger volumes + reduced investment and maintenance = declining performance. This equation and what it means for riders on NY subway in a NYT article really worth reading.

 

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.