Tag Archives: Cities

How American Cities Got Their Libraries – CityLab

A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

Source: How American Cities Got Their Libraries – CityLab

Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and United Society by Eric Klinenberg – review | Books | The Guardian

 Marina Bay, Singapore provides valuable public spaces. Photograph: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

“For the sociologist Eric Klinenberg, a vision of the good city begins in the local library. It’s a place where a huge amount of knowledge is available permanently, free of charge. It’s a computer centre; it’s a place where everyone goes, including the marginalised young and elderly. Security is light-touch – “you rarely see a police officer in the library”.

“It is adaptable in a crisis. During Hurricane Sandy, a branch library in Staten Island became the place where local people sheltered and where relief was coordinated. In north-west Bangladesh, libraries float on moored boats in flood-prone areas. All this passes almost unnoticed. Libraries are closing across the UK and the US at a scarily rapid rate (nearly 130 have closed in the past year, it was recently revealed). The public library is not, and inherently never can be, a market, and so, Klinenberg writes, “If it didn’t already exist, it’s hard to imagine our society’s leaders inventing it.”

Source: Palaces for the People: How to Build a More Equal and United Society by Eric Klinenberg – review | Books | The Guardian

USA sound map – Cities & Memory | Field Recordings, Sound Map, Sound Art

Explore this USA sound map, with field recordings and reimagined sounds from across the United States of America.

Source: USA sound map – Cities & Memory | Field Recordings, Sound Map, Sound Art

Cities at night – mapping the world at night

From the Scout Report
Source: Cities at night – mapping the world at night

Raleigh, Charlotte ranked among the best cities in America to live | News & Observer

Raleigh and Charlotte are ranked among the top cities in the United States to live based on crime rate, demography, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure and leisure.

Source: Raleigh, Charlotte ranked among the best cities in America to live | News & Observer