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Can you tell a Vancouver mansion from a crack shack?
Which homes were once being used to sell illegal drugs and which homes could be sold for over $1 million? It is not as easy to distinguish between the two as you might think. What constitutes affordable housing can change dramatically from neighborhood to neighborhood. Want more? Try Crack Shack or Mansion II.
Tags: housing, narcotics, urban, economic, place, socioeconomic, neighborhood.
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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.
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.
Months have gone by since the last of the grisly mass killings that have marked the conflict’s darkest moments.
Cartels are still fighting each other, but they are no longer taunting the military and the police by doing it in such a blatantly public manner. Drug-related homicides are stable (and alarmingly high) at 12,000 per year but less in the border cities and more in the northern interior. The cartels are trying to avoid engaging the military, seeing that "spectacular acts of violence only bring more pressure to bear on them."
Tags: Mexico, narcotics, conflict.
The drug wars are still around, but as the artical states it is being done is less public ways and in remote areas. The drug lords will not push to much for if they do they will bring more of the military on them, not just the local police which really could not stop them. Also the more publilc it is the more the US would want to get involved to try to stem the problem. The will continue to lay low as this type of story dies down and the US focuses on something else, like Syria at the moment.
Drug related killings are unbelievably high at 12,000 a year in Mexico. They are avoiding the military and police and keeping the killings quite to the rest of Mexico as well. The police and Military are no longer allowed to parade the suspected drug members in front of cameras anymore either. But just because things are being kept quite doesnt mean they are anyless deadly
As we have seen over the decades, it does not matter which approach Mexico takes to fight it's drug war, the violence never stops. The solution does not lie within Mexico however. As long as Americans are in need of drugs, the cartels will do everything in their power to supply them. It is such a profitable business that most are willing to risk their lives to get a cut of it. The problem will not be solved until the US decides to change it's drug policies, something that will weaken these cartels and end the drug war in Mexico.
The death and life of the industrial corridor linking New York and Washington.
This article is a great example of analyzing the landscape to observe changes in any given place. This corridor is home to 8 of the 10 wealthiest counties; at the same time this transportation corridor is also home a half a dozen of the country's most broken cities. Exploring this area is way to analyze the changing economic geographies of the United States. For a visual representation of these same themes, see this 5 minute video that corresponds to this NY Times magazine article.
Tags: industry, economy, unit 6 industy, transportation, neighborhood, landscape.
Photographer Anthony Suau documents the surging influence of the drug cartels in Northern Mexico and the efforts by police to maintain law and order...
The issus connected to drug trafficking are intense in Mexico for a variety of geogaphic factors. This is not something we typically see as a part of the the new global economy, but it certainly has been connected to the processes of globalization. Visit this topic on scoop.it for more sources on the Mexican Drug Trade.
Voters are counting on the next president to find a solution to the country's alarming rise in organised crime.
This interactive features shows temporal and spatial data on drug-related deaths in Mexico since 2007. Also connected are profiles of the presidential candidates of the three major political parties (PRI, PAN and PRD) and with their platform on drugs and ways to curtail the accompanying violence. Mexico's presidents can only hold office for one term, but it is a six-year term...2012 isn't just about Obama and Romney.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Web Site...
Afghanistan and Burma (a.k.a.-Myanmar) are the world's leading producers of the illicit narcotic of heroin. What environmental, political, developmental and cultural factors play a role in these distribution networks? What geographic factors contribution to the production of these drugs to be located in these particular places? Follow the link for a map of global cocaine distribution patterns.
Police in Mexico arrested a man they say is one of the country's largest methamphetamine producers. The arrest comes as Mexican drug gangs are moving aggressively to try to dominate methamphetamine markets not just in the U.S.
The drug issue is often described as a border problem and though that one little line was the only space necessary for understanding the problems. This podcast highlights how many places are a part of the networks at play in this complex economic geography that causes political, demographic and cultural strife on both sides of the border.
FIVE years ago next week, Felipe Calderón took office as Mexico’s president and launched a crackdown against organised crime.
While the rates of murders are plateauing at 12,000 per year, internally where are these murders taking place? Which places are becoming more critical to control? Murders are shifting east (From Sinaloa and Chihuahua to Nuevo Leon and Veracruz). Why is this shift occurring? What does this shift indicate politically and economically for Mexico?
These numbers are astonishing especially when based simply on drugs, money, and power. Compared to the article where it described Tijuana as still being one of the major cities for murder, the numbers and color scheme seem to show the region as one of the areas with less murders. Heading south into the country, is Mexico City. The city which is surrounded by such a large metropolitan area with a vast gap between poor and rich tends to have low murder rates. This is very interesting considering popular belief tends to focus on such violence being conducted in large cities where there is better chance of cartels using the neighborhoods and people within them to strengthen their empire. This makes me wonder if the authorities are too strong for cartels to infiltrate and become powerful, or on a limb, do the cartels have a mutual agreement not to do business in the country's economical and cultural hub?
This artilce falls under the category of political. It shows that Mexico's continuing drug war has effected the people that live there with lots of violence. By getting a new president, their murder rates have gone down, which has had a significant benefit on their country.
Drug Testing Index; A map of the U.S. depicting overall drug test positive rates
Locate the Meth Belt
Washington state has become the first in America to allow the recreational use of cannabis, setting up a potential showdown with the US federal government.
The states that have legalized recreational marijuana use reflect regional differences in cultural and communal values within the United States. This is quite a quandry with fascinating ramifications as popular cultural values clash with political tradition.
Questions to Ponder: What will the Federal government do considering that a state law is contradicting a federal law? Will other states follow? Would a California employee fail a drug test is the drugs were legally consumed in a different state? Will Washington and Colorado receive more weekend tourism?
A graphic novel to entertain, excite, and educate…and with an experimental interactive comic app as well! Plaid power to the people!
Looking to teach geography and world affairs with a flair? The Plaid Avenger has a new interactive comic book to teach about the geography of Mexico and the geopolitical impacts of the the drug wars in that country. If you've received some value from his work in the past, please consider supporting this endeavor which is pushing the boundaries of educational technologies and platforms.
Tags: Mexico, geography education, edtech, narcotics.
Presidential candidate says Mexicans have voted for change of direction after exit polls project win for his PRI party.
For the first time in 12 years, Mexico's president will be from the PRI party (which dominated and led power from the 1920's to 2000). Enrique Peña Prieto won the election, in large part due to Mexico's dissatisfacation with the PAN's handling of the escalating drug violence. A few decades back, the PRI kept the violence out of the streets with some tacit agreements with the drug cartels to stay within particular territories.
Amsterdam, eat your heart out. This South American country has big plans for marijuana fans.
The distribution of narcotics impacts virtually every country in the world; there are incredibly divergent strategies on how to mitigate these problems that are a result of sophisticated distribution networks. What is the best way to stop the flow of dangerous drugs and the illegal activities that accompany the drug trade? If you were in charge, what strategies would you recommend?
I like how they feel that the prohibition on marijuana just made the use of it worse. I feel like that is a problem in many countries, people only want to do it because it's illegal and it makes them look like a rebel. Also it's only marijuana I mean thats barely a drug anyway, it's not like they legalized cocaine or heroin something that can cause harmful damage to a person's body.
Uruguay is definitely taking steps in the right direction here. Instead of leaving drugs in the hands of street dealers and cartels, they are putting them in regulated establishments. One could argue this is only going to promote drug use, but it will do the exact opposite. Marijuana is proven to be safer than alcohol, and is wildly popular. Uruaguay will soon see a decline, in crime, hard drug use, and an increase in social capital and most likey appetite.
Afghanistan supplies virtually all of the world's illegal opium. For Afghans themselves, however, feelings about poppy are conflicted: It's harmful to their ...
Part 1 of an 8 part series on youtube documenting the opium-growing process and how the Taliban manages it. Agricultural production and rural land use can absolutely play a huge role in geopolitics and cultural patterns and processes, as evidenced by this example. For more resources on the Afghanistan drug issue, see: www.scoop.it/t/funding-the-taliban-with-opium
The Zetas are now the largest cartel in Mexico, overtaking their bitter rival, the Sinaloa cartel, a report by US security firm Stratfor suggests.
When the Sinaloa cartel was the 'big dog,' they had a tacit understanding with the government and the government would target other drug syndicates and basically leave the important members of 'La Federacion' alone. The Sinaloans operate primarily through bribery and corruption while the Zetas specialize in horrific brutality. Now that the Zetas have muscled their way into more turf and more influential networks, how will that reshape the geopolitical paradigm? What with the effect be for Mexican citizens and for those on both sides of the border? This is not a good turn of events.
RT @WomanVote: Wikinarco: mapping narcoviolence – Boing Boing http://t.co/OtsB8wni #Mexico #NarcoWar #violence...
The drug violence in Mexico has been a huge problem recently, but technology is allowing citizens new ways to combat the problem in the absence of effective governance.