The tagline of this blog is “Cultivating Urban Understanding,” and I thought I’d try expanding that understanding a little bit beyond this space. Today I’m sharing some insightful articles I read this week about cities and their citizens. Let me know what you think.
- First up, the best news I heard this week: Seattle Announces $15 Minimum Wage. The more I learn about inequality and it’s many tentacles of corporate personhood, the prison industrial complex, racism, etc.– the more I become convinced that an increase in minimum wage is one of the most concrete, doable actions we can take against it. Seattle is just one city, and the increase in minimum wage will be a multi-year process, but it is a sign of hope all the same.
- Next, some hometown love: Minneapolis is holding six “Open Streets” events this summer. I’m hoping I can make it back for one of them. If you want to learn more about open streets in general, click here.
- Is Chicago Helpless? This provocative editorial in the Chicago Tribune asks whether anything can stop the forces of violence that haunt Chicago’s neighborhoods.
- Be nice to your mail carrier—he might save your life: Mailman Joseph Urbina helped dozens from a burning Astoria building during his shift, and then returned to work.
- I’ve been following this blogging duo’s trip through Spain and Portugal for the last couple weeks. Click back through to see their phenomenal photographs and live vicariously through their adventures. I promised myself I’d leave the country before the end of 2015 and they make Spain look like a really tempting destination.
And there you have it. Some weekend reading. Happy Friday.
[Oh and that photo? Last weekend I was in Chicago! But it was chilly.]