15 April, 2008

City Blogging

  • Why it's okay to let your 9-year-old ride the subway alone in New York. She doesn't mention it, but it's worth noting that it is a lot easier to kidnap a kid walking down some empty-sidewalked suburban boulevard than riding a subway with hundreds of other people.

  • The average volume of street noise in Cairo is 85 decibels between 7am and 10am.
  • Krugman is absolutely right here:
    I understand why it’s political poison to show disrespect for small-town values — dignity is precious to all of us, and often trumps material interest. But why is it OK to disrespect big city values, even to suggest — as Bush has — that big-city dwellers aren’t part of the “real America”?

    I mean, I get a lump in my throat when visiting the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. The big-city immigrant experience is as much a part of what made America as the rural, small-town experience. It deserves the same degree of respect.

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