Examining Snowmaggedon Streets without the Automobile

Many writers have pondered the human fascination with post-apocalyptic dramas. The first stories ever told involved plagues, rivers of blood, hell fire, the Earth splitting open and winged creatures reigning death down from Donald Trump‘s smiling face in the sky. Today’s pop culture landscape is chock full of killer zombies, killer robots, and killer mystery… Continue reading Examining Snowmaggedon Streets without the Automobile

Gov. Snyder Delivers State of the State Surrounded by Thousands Demanding His Arrest

When urban geographer David Harvey published Rebel Cities in 2012 he proposed, “The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city, [to] exercise collective power to reshape the processes of urbanization.” Today, groups like the Right to the City Coalition focus mainly on housing justice… Continue reading Gov. Snyder Delivers State of the State Surrounded by Thousands Demanding His Arrest

Flint Water Warriors Occupy Capitol to Demand Gov. Snyder Resign

The people of Flint are pissed off, and they have every reason to be. What dithered for over a year as a local story has finally hit prime time thanks to talking heads like Rachel Maddow and Michael Moore‘s campaign to #ArrestGovSnyder, which gathered 85,000 signatures in just days. For anyone unfamiliar, Governor Rick Snyder’s appointed ’emergency manager’… Continue reading Flint Water Warriors Occupy Capitol to Demand Gov. Snyder Resign

Modernizing Chicagoland: City of Necessity

This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Robert Newman film portrait of urban progress and class in Chicago titled ‘City of Necessity‘ produced by the National Council of Protestant Episcopal Churches. In narration and audio clips, Newman presents a stark divide between political public relations of the time and the daily lived realities of Chicago’s laborers and poorer residents. In one… Continue reading Modernizing Chicagoland: City of Necessity