February 24, 2006

Neighborhood "watch"

Note: This post was edited on Jan. 20, 2007. Hotlinked image(s) were removed. Follow the link(s) to the image location(s). A classic New Yorker cartoon February 23, 1998 http://www.cartoonbank.com/assets/1/38880_m.gif

February 21, 2006

Chicago Metropolis

Note: This post was edited on Jan. 20, 2007. Hotlinked image(s) were removed. Follow the link(s) to the image location(s). The title was changed from Chicago Megalopolis. The most recent posts do not focus specifically on the neighborhood. The focus has been on actions or processes at the city level. But all neighborhoods are dynamically involved with the cities in which they are located. Burnham's Plan of Chicago 1909, parks network http://www.brynmawr.edu/Acads/Cities/imgb/imgb3/150a.jpg Contemporary open space in Chicago http://www.chil.us/images/land_openspace_main.jpg

February 11, 2006

Litter control: Oakland's new tax

Cities the world over have instituted many types of litter control programs. To some, a littered neighborhood or city suggests a poor place to do business, a lack of control over people and space, and a lack of care on the part of the residents. One might challenge these perceptions by considering public service equity, for example, how frequently do waste collectors visit neighborhoods? Is there a disparity among neighborhood clean-up? The Australian city of Maribyrnong enacted the Is Your Butt worth $200 campaign to discourage cigarette butt littering. (http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Page/Page.asp?Page_Id=1944&h=0) South Carolina has three levels of penalties associated with littering: a minimum fine of $200 plus court fees, a maximum fine of $1087 plus court fees, and jail time between 30 days and 1 year. (http://www.palmettopride.org/litterlaws.htm) Singapore has very strict littering laws but the country also sponsors an educational program. (http://www.rgs.edu.sg/student/cyberfair2002/anti.html) The Associated Press reports that the City Council of Oakland, CA passed a littering tax on Feb. 7, 2006. Food related businesses like convenience stores and fast food restaurants will be taxed annually at a rate between $230 to $3,815 depending on the size of the establishment. (Reported in theFeb. 9, 2006 WSJ and Feb. 8, 2006 AP online)

February 5, 2006

Online information about Berkeley, CA

Housing: craigslist, east bay: http://www.craigslist.org/eby/ Berkeley neighborhoods: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/neighborhoods/ Berkeley and East Bay news: Berkeley Daily Planet: http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/ UC Berkeley info: http://calstuff.blogsome.com/ West Berkeley blog: http://www.cameliastreet.org/

February 2, 2006

Neighbor, neighboring

Neighbor: etymology: "near dweller" So how do we define neighboring? Perhaps it is the act of interacting with other near dwellers? I say it is the informal social behaviors (including annoying and negative actions) between and among individuals and/ or groups on a scale they consider near--the next door neighbor, your side of the street, the block, the neighborhood unit (1/4 mile radius).... An incredible story of neighboring is presented on French Word-A-Day preceded by an equally insightful quote by Octavio Paz: All cultures are born out of mingling, meetings and clashes. Conversely, civilizations die from isolation. Now read the story at http://french-word-a-day.typepad.com/motdujour/2006/02/choc.html