Hi everyone, I just listed to 99 percent invisible’s recent podcast on mail order homes, an phenomenon that plays a minor part in the urban landscape of U.S. cities. This podcast provides a window to see homeownership trends during the 1910s and 20s and gives some additional insight into both macro-economic processes affecting the mortgage market and the architectural styles of mail-order homes. I think it’s a great story to listen to right now as y’all are reading the urban landscape in St. Paul. Its discussion of adaptive re-use of commercial buildings will also be highly relevant in a later part of the course. I highly recommend it!
I like to play topical music selections for each class. You can offer your suggestions by adding to the collaborative playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7yHjB13MP5ayxzV8jPZxfH
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Max Hailperin‘s blog on Streets.mn
As an addendum to our discussion of The Big Sort, I thought you all might appreciate seeing where millenials are moving.
We will be exploring the cause and effects of redlining in this third part of the course. I’m linking you all to a great resource at the University of Richmond for exploring this topic.
In case you want to learn more about the context in which the Rondo commemorative plaza is emerging, here are a couple of articles on the apology that St. Paul’s Mayor issued about the destruction of the Rondo neighborhood through the construction of Interstate 94.
Local and Regional Government Alliance on Racial Equality
This one is an editorial posted on streets.mn that is critical of the apology.
A new perspective on the social landscape of the Twin Cities: Mapping Prejudice.
Yesterday, I listened to an insightful discussion on Minnesota Public Radio on what it means to be American. The remarks from Eddie Glaude, Jr., speak directly to the issues surrounding race, inequality, and the potential for progress that we have been talking about (and will continue to talk about) in the third part of the course.
Topical story on how to acknowledge past violence perpetrated on the Rondo neighborhood and move forward with reconciliation. As Faulkner notes, “The past is never dead, it’s not even past.”