Category Archives: suburbia

The Invention of ‘Jaywalking’

In the 1920s, the public hated cars. So the auto industry fought back — with language.

If you travelled in time back to a big American city in, say, 1905 — just before the boom in car ownership — you’d see roadways utterly teeming with people. Vendors would stand in the street, selling food or goods. Couples would stroll along, and everywhere would be groups of children racing around, playing games. If a pedestrian were heading to a destination across town, they’d cross a street wherever and whenever they felt like it.

https://marker.medium.com/the-invention-of-jaywalking-afd48f994c05

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=jaywalking&year_start=1800&year_end=2019&corpus=26&smoothing=3&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cjaywalking%3B%2Cc0#t1%3B%2Cjaywalking%3B%2Cc0

What will cities look like in 2050?

Experts have revealed how the world’s biggest cities look like in 2050.

The United Nations has predicted that by 2050, a whopping 68 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.

Cities will continue to expand, with more skyscrapers being built as millions head to large cities for employment and career prospects.

Climate change will also have a huge impact, as many will be forced out of coastal towns due to flooding.

It’s possible that one billion people could be displaced by 2050.

https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/lifestyle/what-cities-look-like-2050-vab4e13dd

The Great Offline

The concept of “offline” is built on the earlier concept of “wilderness,” inheriting its flaws and hazards

Before the internet, escaping to the wilderness was touted for its health benefits. Now, it is a remedy to the abstract category of technology — screen light and digital noise

https://reallifemag.com/the-great-offline/

Death to America’s Manicured Lawns

Nevada’s legislature is considering banning decorative grass. But really we should be banning most lawns in the country. The movement to ban unnatural turf lawns, particularly in America’s arid regions, has been around for a while, and for good reason. The Nevada policy would not actually affect most private yards, but many environmentalists would argue that it should.  Read more (TSB)

The millennial wealth gap is growing as some flock to buy houses and others give up on homeownership entirely

One only has to compare millennials’ homes to see just how big the intragenerational wealth gap is. More millennials bought homes in 2020 than any other generation did that year, according to Apartment List’s Homeownership report. But at the same time, more millennials also now believe they’ll never be able to own a home — 18% said they plan to rent forever, up by 9% percentage points from the previous year. Read more (Business Insider)

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