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Vegan food truck makes rounds in 'food deserts'

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Baruch Ben-Yehudah is tackling Prince George’s County’s "food desert" problem. His vegan food truck delivers nourishment to neighborhoods lacking fresh groceries.

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nicole Musset's curator insight, September 14, 2013 1:55 PM

la terre peut offrir de la nourriture à tous ses habitants;mais les interets personnels,la recherche de profits et l'absence de plus en plus grande de conscience "écolologique"....une personne comme Baruch Ben Yehuda est tres importante pour ceux qui souffrent du manque de ressources.

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, September 20, 2013 10:38 PM

After having just driven across country this year I am very in touch with the fact that this model needs to be replicated across the US.

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:03 PM

This food truck is bringing healthy, vegan food, to food deserts. A food desert is a place where healthy food is not accesable to the population, which is always impoverished. These people typically rely on unhealthy/cheap foods that are high in fats, preservatives, and sugars. This leads to tremendous health issues for these populations. Sure, this food truck is making a profit but it is also providing a wonderful service to the community, exposure to healthy foods and an alternative to the norm.

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The Hidden Cost of Counting the Homeless

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A professor criticizes the "culture of quantification," (in the journal cultural geographies) arguing that we don't do enough with the data we collect.  If all we do is count (or attempt to count the homeless), does that help them in any way or change the realities that lead to homelessness?  Are we counting them just to give us the numbers to receive credit that may help other programs but not help the homeless?  Is data for data's sake of any value?


UPDATE: Another geographer noted some other issues of homelessness on the website facebook page, specifically in regard to this map of homelessness: "A problem associated with this map is that while the numbers get smaller, it raises the question: where did they go? (answer: Hollywood, after an emphasis on policing pushed them out)...this could be tied in to a discussion about map scale."

 

Tags: statistics, class, census, socioeconomic, housing, poverty.


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Everyone Is 'Middle Class,' Right?

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A new study finds that ignorance of one's relative standing in the income distribution is not unique to Americans, and looks at the policy consequences of such misperceptions.

 

The terms high-class and low-class have such strong negative connotations that everyone seeks to be perceived as middle class.  What income bracket are you in?  The research says it'll probably be a surprise.  Data for income bracket is the USA: http://taxpolicycenter.org/numbers/displayatab.cfm?DocID=2879


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Lisa Fonseca's comment, October 17, 2011 10:59 PM
I do not believe everyone is considered to be middle class. I think that is a false statement. I truly believe in the phrase "rich get richer, poor get poorer" I consider myself and my family working middle class. Our income isn't incredibly high but it is average. We have money for food, clothing, bill paying and essentials but also have the extra to travel, and spoil ourselves. That is where the difference lies between middle, low, and high class incomes. The lower class may only make money to support their selves and family with food. As for the high class they have money to do anything they want. Pay bills, buy the essentials. Although they get to have dinner out every night, buy the fancy cars and clothes. The low class may live a stressful like as the high class live a glorious life.
Seth Dixon's comment, October 17, 2011 11:14 PM
Everyone most definitely is not a part of the middle class and Catherine Rampell of the NY Times does not believe that (as I interpret her) but is using that hyperbolic statement to make the point that more people SELF IDENTIFY with the middle class than can actually be there. I think she agrees with your "rich get richer" since her main point is that this self-identification with the middle class obscures the rising social inequity in America. I agree too. Thanks for your comments!
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Crack Shack or Mansion?

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Can you tell a Vancouver mansion from a crack shack?

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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 20, 2013 4:31 PM


In this world any house can be held as a drug location. in the neighbor I live there was a house that broken into by the cops in which they found hundreds of pounds of drugs and none of the neighbors knew. We thought it was an abandoned home. a crack shack or mansion it is difficult to determine if it is or not.

Ryan G Soares's curator insight, December 3, 2013 10:58 AM

This I found to be very interesting. To me it was very sterotypical and much harder than I thought it would be. I figured it would be easy to depict a Mansion from a Crack Shack, but I guess I was wrong. Different areas different lifestyles.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, January 25, 9:55 AM

A fairly funny game that makes fun of the astronomical real estate prices in Vancouver, BC. I actually wasn't incredibly surprised as I've watched some HGTV. Since many of the shows are Canadian imports the extremely high priced homes in Vancouver and Toronto are often featured.

 

I guessed 10/16. The game should branch out to Toronto, we might've caught a glimpse of Rob Ford.

 

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Stranded in suburbia: Why aren’t Americans moving to the city?

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It's going to take more than wishful thinking to convince Americans to move back to the urban core.

 

While some urban pundits have been projecting a decline of suburbia, the numbers haven't born that out.  How come?  What will that mean for society?  How does urban planning account for cultural and economic preferences?    


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Meagan Harpin's curator insight, September 12, 2013 10:02 PM

Because of lack of jobs in our economy today most college kids move back home with mom and dad after school. This means parents can move out of the suburbs if the so choose. Cities also have a bad rep, they are seen as violent and dirty and poverty filled and the schools in the cities arent always the best. All of these leave many families choosing suburbs first or leaving the cities for them.