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Posts Tagged ‘New York’

Statistical Snapshot: Gentrification / Seattle is #2!

A storefront in the Ballard, one of the visibly-fastest-growing neighborhoods in Seattle. Photo via Creative Commons / Jay Cox.

Boston and Seattle are the two US cities that have gentrified the most between 2000-2007, according to research by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. I stumbled on this article relating gentrification to financial health, and it occurred to me that although gentrification is on everyone’s mind in Seattle these days, I’ve never seen a […]


How Does Airbnb Affect Your City?

Lobby of Airbnb's new diggs in San Francisco. There is a sweet, multi-story Living Wall  on one side.

Airbnb has been on my radar lately as a growing variable in city housing discussions. A few weeks ago I created an account with the service to book a room in Edinburgh as a cheaper – and hopefully more personal – alternative to a hotel. Around the same time, a friend sent me an article […]


Notes on ‘A History of the Highrise’

3333 Broadway, Tower Block, New York. Photo by pdstahl via Creative Commons / Flickr

The New York Times has a new multimedia presentation called “A Short History of the Highrise.” As an overview of dense, urban living, it’s pretty great. The interactive feature touches on many themes and subjects already addressed in this blog. For example: Social Status. The role of high-rise buildings as instruments of social hierarchy is […]