BBC radio programme involving Rachel Hurdley on the history and sociology of the corridor and the ways it brings the private and public together. Listen to the programme (30 minutes). (Via @Eric_Laurier)
A true digital mess at the site of the former highrise estate Red Road, Glasgow. Whilst Google Maps provides for 2D and 3D views of the demolition site, Google Street View still features images of the tower blocks. It is virtually the last chance for a stroll around the estate. (Recorded on 4 September 2017)
‘What Urban Stuff is Made of’ is going offline at the weekend and will be back refreshed in September.
Meanwhile, I recommend a stimulating read in French. Le Monde currently runs the sommer series « L’Afrique en villes », reports from 16 African cities from Kinshasa to Tanger.
A short version of the story
Richard Ankrom is an artist and sign painter. One day he was driving north on the 110 freeway in LA. He missed the exit to the Interstate 5 North he wanted to take and got lost. He later understood that the I-5 exit was not indicated on the green overhead sign. In 2001 he crafted the I-5 North sign himself. With a group of friends he assembled the sign at the place where it supposed to be.
The nice part of the story
The company running the freeway found out about the sign from an article in a local newspaper. Ankrom had hoped he could get his sign back after they took it down; he wanted to hang it in an art gallery. However, the company didn’t take the sign down. The guerrilla sign had passed the inspection.
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 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.