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A change of scene in Europe's cities

A change of scene in Europe's cities | Sinica Geography 400 |
Maybe it's time to abandon the well-trodden tourist circuit on your next trip to Europe and head to the river.

Via Rebecca Farrea
Brett Sinica's insight:

Almost every city in the world has a direct source of water whether it be the ocean, lake, or rivers.  Water helps sustain life as well as be used for transportation and power to name a few.  Europe is very rich with rivers and watersheds which has led to many cities being able to flourish inland.  In many of the older cities it is good to see somewhat of a revitalization along the riverfronts.  These areas act as a magnet for economy and people to prosper and experience what the city truly has to offer.  The various rivers can act as a foundation for a city to thrive and rejuvenate itself as well as shape a new picture in the years to come.

Outside of Europe in the United States, a similar plan was conducted in Providence, Rhode Island.  The river running through the city was "reconstructed" and new bridges and parks were put in place to accomodate the new layout.  Waterplace park was completed in the mid-90's which paved the way to an opening of the large Providence Place Mall and other tourist attractions in the heart of downtown.  This single step to altering the waterways proved to turn the entire city into a progressive hub for tourism, architecture, and arts.  This American city is just an example of the possible outcomes that cities can experience with adjusting and/or enhancing the waterways provided to them.

Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, October 17, 2013 2:10 PM

As discussed in our class session on Europe, rivers have always been and will always be very important to European nations for many reasons.  European rivers were pivotal in history in regards to allowing explorers and traders to travel and to reach particular destinations to form colonies and to trade with the native people in these places.  Rivers are also important for industry as they provide transportation of materials, resources, and goods.  They also serve as a natural resource in that they can provide hydroelectric power to run businesses.  Now, some of these rivers in European cities are becoming tourist attractions where visitors can learn about their important histories and enjoy the nature of them.

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U.S. Travel To Cuba Grows As Restrictions Are Eased

The Obama administration has relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba, reinstating Bill Clinton's policy of allowing people-to-people travel.

Via Seth Dixon
Brett Sinica's insight:

Maybe a few decades ago this would be outlandish, but United States and Cuban relations have become much less tense compared to the Cold War era.  The risk they posed in the previous century is stabilized now, their alliances show little harm to the U.S., if any at all.  It is also interesting to see more Americans making the trip to Cuban soil.One of them is Anthony Bourdain from the Travel Channel's show "No Reservations."  His visit there helped show the viewers that Cuba is a country that has almost been sheltered in its own cage.  His experiences show that within the nation there are genuine people and an amazing culture which foreigners can learn from as well as admire.

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, February 14, 2015 7:40 PM

The growth between the U.S and Cuba has increased business wise from their past. Allowing tourists travel to Cuba is a slow process of Growth leading to more of an expansion in whatever business whether it be oil or goods to trade its a slow process of trust that's appearing between the two.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 6, 2015 8:21 PM

I think it is a good idea to have lifted restrictions on Cuba. We are talking about a restriction put on a country because of a Conflict called the Cold War, but the Cold War is long done now. It is also ridiculous that as a free country we are not allowed to travel there really without government approved sightseeing. Although the government approved sightseeing is informative for both culture and education, with less restrictions, people should be able to do stuff outside pre approved government tours. Being able to wander the country freely might even possibly boost economy from money being spent. 

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, December 13, 2015 11:50 AM

with the relaxing of restrictions towards Cuba an increase in tourism can obviously be expected to rise massively, especially as Cuban repatriates gain the ability to go and visit family and ancestral homes. this new policy will prove to be good for Cuba.