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"If we’re talking about transportation, the best thing a city can do is densify as quickly as it can. That needs to be said every time this issue comes up, because it’s the only universal strategy that works."
-Lavin speaker Alex Steffen,talking to the Utne Reader about strategies for building carbon neutral cities.
Public space artist and Lavin speaker Candy Chang is one of the featured experts in Gary Hustwit’s film Urbanized, which the New York Times calls a “fascinating, idea-packed new documentary” that surveys “both the challenges and promises facing some of the world’s important cities.” You can see Candy in this trailer, at 1:05, applying a sticker from her “I Wish This Was…” project to an abandoned storefront window.
"Any proponent of the gentrification thesis (explicit or implicit) needs to fully explore and answer the following question—Is white migration into the city forcing black migration back out? Speaking as though this is the case because it “feels true” isn’t evidence. Indeed it’s the flip side of blaming white migration to the suburbs on the riotous lawbreaking blacks."
Ta-Nehisi Coates on whether whites moving into Washington, D.C. are pushing blacks out. As Coates writes, “it’s really important to understand that the black population was falling in the city long before the advent of hipsters, interlopers and white people in general.”