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Before-and-after maps show how freeways transformed America's cities

Before-and-after maps show how freeways transformed America's cities | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
Beginning in the 1950s, cities demolished thousands of homes in walkable neighborhoods to make room for freeways.

 

At the time, this was seen as a sign of progress. Not only did planners hope to help people get downtown more quickly, they saw many of the neighborhoods being torn down as blighted and in need of urban renewal.  But tearing down a struggling neighborhood rarely made problems like crime and overcrowding go away. To the contrary, displaced people would move to other neighborhoods, often exacerbating overcrowding problems. Crime rates rose, not fell, in the years after these projects.  By cutting urban neighborhoods in half, planners undermined the blocks on either side of the freeway. The freeways made nearby neighborhoods less walkable. Reduced foot traffic made them less attractive places for stores and restaurants. And that, in turn, made them even less walkable. Those with the means to do so moved to the suburbs, accelerating the neighborhoods' decline.


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Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 2015 4:00 AM

It is really interesting to see how urbanization has affected not just us today but our parents and grandparents. Of course with innovation includes consequence whether good or bad it happens. Go America!

MsPerry's curator insight, May 27, 2015 9:34 AM

Urbanization - transportation

 

Ryan Tibari's curator insight, May 27, 2015 10:16 AM

Industrialization changed not only the physical face of cities, but also the social. Innovations such as highways have caused transportation to become widely easier, allowing people from all different regions of the city to travel easily back and forth from place to place. 

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America's Most and Least Diverse Metros

America's Most and Least Diverse Metros | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
A new study finds ethnic and racial diversity increasing across all types of communities.

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Mexico aims to close the digital divide

Mexico aims to close the digital divide | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
Mexico wants to be recognised as high-tech, but 70 percent of country lacks computer or internet access.

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Planet Money Explores The Economics Of T-Shirts

Planet Money Explores The Economics Of T-Shirts | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
Our Planet Money team is making a T-shirt and following it around the world as it gets manufactured.

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Brings together the aspects of global interactions

 

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A Year After Sandy, The Wrong Policy on Rebuilding the Coast by Rob Young: Yale Environment 360

A Year After Sandy, The Wrong Policy on Rebuilding the Coast by Rob Young: Yale Environment 360 | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
One year after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the U.S. East Coast, the government is spending billions to replenish beaches that will only be swallowed again by rising seas and future storms.
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A Key Mangrove Forest Faces Major Threat from a Coal Plant by Jeremy Hance: Yale Environment 360

A Key Mangrove Forest Faces Major Threat from a Coal Plant by Jeremy Hance: Yale Environment 360 | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
As Bangladesh makes a controversial turn to coal to produce electricity, the construction of a large coal-fired power plant is threatening the fragile ecosystem of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest.
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The Global Gender Gap Report 2013

The Global Gender Gap Report 2013 | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai.
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'The real threat to our future is peak water'

'The real threat to our future is peak water' | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
As population rises, overpumping means some nations have reached peak water, which threatens food supply, says Lester Brown

"Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water."

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Micro-flats appealing for world's urban poor

Micro-flats appealing for world's urban poor | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
As urban areas expand and housing prices soar, "living small" becomes more popular in global cities.

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A more sustainable Australia: from suburbia to newburbia

A more sustainable Australia.As the 2013 election campaign continues, we’ve asked academics to look at some of the long-term issues affecting Australia – the issues that will shape our future.Australia…...
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Maeklong Railway Market

"Multi-purpose land use."


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industry and industriousness of people and places

 

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Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 9:15 PM
Definitely a good way for multi-purpose land use. They are utilizing the space they have conservatively, they really nailed this one on the head coming up with an idea to put a market right on a railroad track. Is this concept even safe or sanitary? Most definitely not. First off, it is not sanitary because that train on a daily basis has gone through all sorts of dirt and the train is literally passing right over the farmer's food that he is still going to sell to customers. Also, probably not the safest, because the people are just inches away from the passing train and with the wrong move, they can possibly fall onto the track and they are dead. I will hand it to them though, they act in an orderly fashion and move swiftly both when it comes and when it leaves. As a matter of fact, they go on with life so well after it leaves, it is almost like the train never passed through in the first place.
Nicole Canova's curator insight, May 2, 2:57 AM
In one video we see issues surrounding urban development, city planning (or lack thereof), population density, and land use, among other topics. As more and more people move into Southeast Asia's unplanned cities, there will be more crowding and people will have to use every last available inch of land, even if that means going right up to the train tracks. This is a culture shock to people in the West, where most land is single-use only.
Taylor Doonan's curator insight, May 3, 12:16 PM
Urban planning in a rapidly urbanizing area can be difficult, but in this area two very different urban entities use the land together so beautifully. This market was built around the train tracks and when the train passes through at a slow speed the market clears the tracks and both work together so flawlessly. This is uncommon for us to see because many cities in America had room to grow and expand and had ample planning time because urbanization happened much slower than it is in Asia, with urbanization happening so fast the countries need to use their space flexibly. 
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Worldwide Internet Users | Visual.ly

Worldwide Internet Users | Visual.ly | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
Worldwide Internet Users.Internet users of last 20 years Original print is 50x70 cm...

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How globalized is Mexico? | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico

What exactly is globalization? Globalization can be defined in simple terms as “the process by which events, activities and decisions in one part of the

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Shipping Crude Oil by Rail: A New Front in the Tar Sands Wars by Jacques Leslie: Yale Environment 360

Shipping Crude Oil by Rail: A New Front in the Tar Sands Wars by Jacques Leslie: Yale Environment 360 | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
As debate over the Keystone XL and other pipeline projects continues, crude oil from the Alberta tar sands and western U.S. oil fields is increasingly being hauled by railroad.
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Mexico to tackle obesity with taxes on junk food and sugary drinks

Mexico to tackle obesity with taxes on junk food and sugary drinks | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
President calls for hour of exercise per day and a 'change of culture' as Mexico has higher rates of adult obesity than the US
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Rodrigo Canales: The deadly genius of drug cartels | Video on TED.com

Up to 100,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico in the last 6 years.
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New GMO Crops Temporarily Blocked in Mexico

New GMO Crops Temporarily Blocked in Mexico | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
Timothy Wise: Anti-GMO activists in Mexico score a major, if tentative, victory.

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Visualization of the Day: New York City's Wealth Gap, Mapped In 3D

Visualization of the Day: New York City's Wealth Gap, Mapped In 3D | Current issues in geography | Scoop.it
A new kind of skyline.

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Europe's new refugees

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Europe's job hungry migrants are flocking overseas, with many landing in nations once colonised by their home countries.

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