ITF Post: Links for Week of March 26

Need inspiration for your posts? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back!

First: Why not argue for the superiority of Liza Minnelli’s “New York, New York” compared to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”? (ITF Note: I am dead serious about this! Liza 4Ever!) 

WNYC, “History of Zoning” with Brian Lehrer: “The first zoning laws were created in New York City 101 years ago. Mike Wallace, distinguished professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, director of the Gotham Center for New York City History and author of Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919 (The History of NYC Series), and Jenny Schuetz, Brookings Institution fellow, talk about how zoning changed the shape and power structure of the city.”

Click for more links including a movie about why LA wants to be NYC (duh) and info about the documentary “If These Knishes Could Talk”!

Crains New York: Long-awaited Brooklyn project in danger of collapse

Aaron Renn, The Urbanophile: Brooklyn Is Shrinking, and Other Population Notes

Jim Russell, PS Mag: Los Angeles Wants to Be NYC When It Grows Up – self explanatory!

Jim Russel, PS Mag: What the Rust Belt Can Teach Us About White Flight, Gentrification, and Brain Drain – note: Jim Russell is an acquaintance of mine whose work addresses myths of migration and brain drain – I highly recommend his work for new perspectives on migration and urban studies.

Wendell Cox, New Geography: The Evolving Urban Form: Paris – added to complement previous discussions about urban development in European cities

Documentary: “If These Knishes Could Talk” – watch and then consider the ways language shapes a space, defines or defies boundaries, and what makes the linguistics of New York essential to perceiving its space and environments. Read a short article about the filmmakers from the New Yorker: “The Vanishing New York Accent” 


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