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Crack Shack or Mansion?

Crack Shack or Mansion? | Geography |
Can you tell a Vancouver mansion from a crack shack?

Via Seth Dixon
Kenny Dominguez's insight:

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.

Adnan Mahemad Feel's curator insight, June 10, 2013 8:07 PM


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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Esri Story Map Treasure Hunt

Esri Story Map Treasure Hunt | Geography |

Although these were designed specifically for GIS day during Geography Awareness Week, these 2 excellent map-based treasure hunts from ESRI are great any time of year.  The answer to the question will only pop up in you are zoomed in the the right region (SHIFT + Make a box = Zoom to area).  These links will take you to the World Cities quiz and also to the Mountains quiz.

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Kenny Dominguez's insight:

That is very true these map quiz are very helpful 

Steven Flis's curator insight, September 10, 2013 10:28 AM

Fun quiz, pretty easy with basic worldly knowledge. Also if you just scroll in close enough then scroll across the page it would then show up to you, which is good for learning incase you had no clue what the answer is. 

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 10, 2013 11:53 AM

This is great! Thanks.

Ryan Amado's comment, September 11, 2013 2:19 PM
Challenging and fun. You can sometimes get carried away exploring
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How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico

How Wal-Mart Used Payoffs to Get Its Way in Mexico | Geography |
Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found.

Via Seth Dixon
Kenny Dominguez's insight:

Wal-Mart is one of the greatest stores that have been around for decades. Wal-Mart has helped many families in the United States. It is time it goes global and Mexico is a great starter point because it is close to home base and it can help the people of Mexico get jobs so violence could decrease and not have so many deaths. But I also wonder how Wal-Mart was able to expand to Mexico.


That 52k bribe really worked because Mexico really needs it. The way the Mexican economy is going anything will help. But adding a Wal-Mart might destroy the calm ness of the city because the roads are going to be more congested with all the cars going in and out of the Wal-Mart. People might have to relocate to other areas if they do not want to be part of that noise and traffic it will create.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 24, 4:58 PM

Walmart is a huge, huge, huge corporation. Does anyone really think they wouldn't bribe tons of Mexican cities to change their maps to put their stores into place? With Walmart's calculations of how well their stores would do in the Mexican societies, why not? Although Walmart's sly business is shameful and corruptive, is it so hard to believe they did this?

James Hobson's curator insight, September 23, 1:17 PM

(Mexico topic 9)

It is troubling to discover how bribery still continues to promote special interests at the expense of others and their own interests. Though other articles I have commented on discuss the improving economy and politics of Mexico, this one clearly shows an area that needs much more attention.

   Despite this, all of the fuss (though justifiable) may be slightly over-exaggerated in my opinion. Just look at the photo above: the WalMart is at least somewhat set back from the pyramids, BUT the smoke and smog from other industries fills the air right up to and all around the pyramids themselves. I think this is just as much, if not more, of an injustice to the cultural site. While one can choose whether or not to enter a store, it is impossible not to breathe in the polluted air and have one's view limited while visiting such a place.

   Lastly, although bribery is certainly something I deeply frown upon, perhaps it is slightly less "wrong" than it would be in other countries like the US. Since Mexico's government and its departments have a reputation (at least from what I've heard) of being corrupted, perhaps the only way to build a store is to offer a bribe. It would be interesting to see if this was the case with other store locations throughout Mexico.

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, October 27, 10:56 AM

Proof that Walmart is nothing but a money grubbing Wh*re! If I paid off Walmart would I be able to build an illegal building behind my house? I'm sure my neighbors wouldn't mind like half the people in this mexico town didn't mind them buidling a Sam's Club in an archaeological religious zone. I hope that Karma doesn't rear its ugly head on all of the people involved in this build.

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Public Spaces Worth Caring About... In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and the physical manifestation of the common good....


Kunstler impassionedly argues that American architecture and urban planning are not creating public places that encourage interaction and communal engagement.  We should create more distinct places that foster a sense of place that is 'worth fighting for,' as opposed to suburbia which he sees as emblematic of these problems.  How should we design cities to create a strong sense of place?  What elements are necessary?  Warning: He uses some strong language.   

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Kenny Dominguez's insight:

Everyone in the world should care about places if it is small or not known but a place has it own character that some people enjoy while other do not want to know about. Every place has it significance that many people have not noticed because they are blinded to it. People should really have an open mind when it comes down to experiencing new places and learn about its history or anything that you did not know about it.

Mary Burke's comment, April 15, 2013 12:24 PM
I appreciate what this guy is saying. I wish we could build places worth caring about. We need more people like Mr Kunstler. But I don't things are as bleak as he depicts. He picked some of the ugliest places there are. We do need a sense of place. Right now we get that in our homes. I think what Mr Kunstler is talking about is a community based sense of place that could be created just with the kind of buildings we make in the space. Maybe we could create a friendly atmosphere with well designed buildings. We need to start somewhere to make people not so afraid of each other.