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Why Is 'Authenticity' So Central to Urban Culture?

Why Is 'Authenticity' So Central to Urban Culture? | green streets | Scoop.it

As Jane Jacobs has said, it is in the mix of the streets where cities get their unique character and retain their independence. Authenticity comes from living in the city, rather than above it.


The more alike our cities and neighborhoods become, the harder we try to seek out spaces, food, and clothes that affirm a sense of realness and rootedness. The more alike we become, the thirstier we are for perceived individuality. And in crowded cities, being an individual means being rooted in modern notions of authenticity...

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, February 2, 2013 4:58 AM

Authenticity and Character. I have been talking a lot about this issues as a trend for some time and reinforce its importance for the next years.

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

ParadigmGallery's comment, February 3, 2013 3:47 PM
a lot of insight in this piece...TY
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Place Pulse: ‘Hot Or Not’ For Cities

Place Pulse: ‘Hot Or Not’ For Cities | green streets | Scoop.it

Which elements affect people’s perception of urban space? This is what MIT Media Lab and Macro Connections try to find out with the online project Place Pulse. The website, which actually functions like a ‘Hot or Not’ for cities, aims to gain a greater understanding of the collective processes that potentially create the perceptions we have of cities.

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Shifting the Suburban Paradigm

Shifting the Suburban Paradigm | green streets | Scoop.it
Transforming the single-family home by paying attention to what residents, and communities, really need.

How does it work on the street? In the neighborhood? How is it served by transit? Is it adaptable, allowing for the housing of extended families or the hosting of an entrepreneurial endeavor? Can the owner build an accessory dwelling to do so? (Most zoning, homeowners’ associations and CCRs don’t allow for it currently.) What needs to happen to zoning, to financing, to our very notions of resale value to change the suburban condition — and by extension, the American Dream as we know it?

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