Poverty is now largely a suburban challenge
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We’ve been working our way through a substantial podcast series begun in January by KQED/NPR. The suburbs of San Francisco are the field of reportage. Gentrification, race, the cost of living and social change are foregrounded. Wow, there’s nearly six hours worth of material here.
Q’ed Up npr.org
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May Day perhaps offers us a moment or two for thinking about the future of work and wages in years to come.
The next big thing in construction robotics is building big.
Automation has revolutionized factory work. Now researchers have their sights set on construction
Domino’s turns to robots to deliver pizza
A podcast with author Ellen Rupel Shell about the implications of low end retail.
The high cost of buying ‘cheap’
npr.org (2009 podcast 29:43)
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Three items to help us gather some thoughts around the growth in the number of elderly persons occurring now in North America. How will the built environment affect the cognition and emotional life of seniors?
The isolation of aging in an auto-oriented place
No place to grow old. How Canadian suburbs can become age-friendly
irrp.org (26-page .pdf)
What helps Minnesota seniors age in place?
U researcher has some clues. It’s the little things
like benches and safe crosswalks
Who will buy Baby Boomers’ homes?
Want to stop your brain from getting old?
Live in a walkable neighbourhood
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High expectations for Linda Tirado’s new series in ELLE magazine. Just describing what is going on in a fearful, fake news America is a brave undertaking. Never mind living with it.
See also: (689) Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America [Book Review]
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This past weekend saw the international March for Science take place in something like 600 communities. We can hardly think of anything as heartening as smart people the world over gathering for science. Adhering to a theme of knowledge and objectivity is this piece from Nautilus. Its author looks into the reality of living a life of deep uncertainty and stress. We really urge you to read this one because it is starting to look like poverty doesn’t just deform personal behaviour and therefore lead us to injury. Poverty can be increasingly seen as harmful to us at cellular and genetic levels and in our body chemistry. An understanding of the science of poverty should allow us to stop attributing its existence of some combination of personal character and systemic inevitability and to rationally treating it.
Better wages for service industry employment in Arizona didn’t lead to economic disaster. Quite the opposite. Hiring for that sector has moved ahead of every other.
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