The December issue of the New Colonist is online now at http://
www.colonist.com. Here are our featured articles for this month:
A Dance with the Street
In the middle of Los Angeles's Miracle Mile, there is a remarkable
building that, you could say, dances with the street. Not literally,
of course; it is as immobile as any other edifice. But because of its
thoughtful, clever, and, shall we say, compassionate design, it
interacts with the street life on all four sides of the busy block it
occupies in a way that the neoBrutalist shoebox skyscrapers so common
in the US inevitably fail to do.
No Matter How You Slice the OccuPie....
I don't know exactly why I am setting out to write this article. I
have not gone out to protest at one of the many Occupy events around
the country, yet I share this unknowing uncertainty with the
protesters. I don't know why, but like many Americans, both part of
the 99 percent and the rest, I sense there is something wrong.
Masters of War...and Finance
A friend commented recently that a colleague's new job "demonizing
the oil industry" is too easy; one should choose tougher targets. So
perhaps it is inappropriate to write about the World Bank, when so
many have already said so much about its destructive policies.
Nevertheless, I couldn't help but be amused at the realization that
the architects of the two most unpopular wars the US has fought in
recent history (Vietnam and Iraq) both went on to become presidents
of the World Bank.
Wheerlchairs in the Snow Alas
Regardless of physical ability, no one enjoys the inconvenience of
snow-covered roads or walkways. But wheelchair users in particular
confront obstacles alien to those who travel on foot. Those of us on
wheels face particular difficulties that un-shoveled sidewalks and
blocked curb cuts cause in a so-called "winter wonderland."
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