LOVED THIS. As someone who continues to be in and out around courier/messenger circles (bike shop girl/best friend of delivery boy/someone who is definitely in love with calves on all genders of messengers, ughnn), you hit so many things on the head. Also TEN POINTS for a "Quicksilver" mention.
As someone who is in the thick of studying these trends right now, I'm sad to say the temp thing just keeps growing. People thought it was HUGE in the late 90's and the implications of basically letting formal agents and brokers completely promote informal practices is, you know, frightening and awful. If anyone is interested, I got a reading list!
@polka dots vs stripes ditto to both of these! at my (tedious) research job I can definitely listen to podcasts, etc. and have no problems (clicking boxes, making phone calls). But I've done it a million times. I totally worried about this this weekend as I tried to continue onwards with my master's capstone, but also secretly decided I could probably work on it with "Freaks and Geeks" in the background because I've seen it approximately seven dozen times.
@RVA_TXN oh wow, that sounds awesome! I read a really great case study on promoting eating local/farmer's markets in Virginia and that sounds fascinating.
@Josh Michtom@facebook oh man, I think about this a lot. I mean, I'll be brutal and blunt here: I cannot stand a lot of the paternalism that comes out of the food access/equity club here, and I see how it becomes this lightning rod of driving people away and basically telling poor people how to live their lives. And that's not untrue. But basically you are right and I do a lot of bike/ped/transit stuff too (so many feelings and thoughts!) where yeah, I mean, throw out a word like "walkability" and you become well-meaning, stuttering urban planner engaging in manipulative or placating talks at community meetings when someone actually just wants to know why the hell it takes them two hours to get to a low-paying job? Which is why I try to avoid that, unless I'm around planning/policy wonks. There was a really great program here called Better Blocks that organized around mostly youths in trying to use ward menu money to improve sidewalks, curb cuts, etc. We got an email about a man in a wheelchair who almost died because he fell into a hole full of water past 59th somewhere--I mean, that's real. And for me, in a city like Chicago, I just think it is absurd, oppressive and infuriating that somewhere like River North/Logan Square gets to represent livability when anyone, everywhere deserves sidewalks that will not injure them, streets that work, buses that run all night, safe roads for kids to play, walk and bike on, the ability for the elderly to live meaningful lives, and yeah, food that isn't old, bad or unhealthy. Unfortunately when we start to play advocacy olympics, everybody wants to win a medal on who and what is best for who and what. I'm not sure if this gets at what you're saying, but I do think a lot of it has to do with people not looking at divisions and not examining their actions/privilege. I wish I could say graduate school has told me the younger generations are better at this, but...
@apples and oranges sure! and thanks for the props! I actually think Mari Gallagher, who coined the term/did so much work in Chicago is a genius (for those interested: http://marigallagher.com/projects/). I have a few issues with the term, and I suppose most of them have to do with semantics, which is par-for-the-course in "trending" advocacy, I guess? First: that we conflate under served neighborhood or non-white neighborhood with the assumption it is a food desert. The amount of times I've heard people call where I live (Near West Side community area!) a food desert is hilarious to me because 1) it isn't and 2) you must have never been in my neighborhood or the communities around it (including Little Village/Chinatown) with lots of produce. Hyde Park isn't a food desert either, but with all the press the new Whole Foods in Englewood is getting, I think we know it is an outlier. Additionally, while a farmer's market or something like the City Farm/Growing Home (hope I'm right and it isn't Growing Power) farmstand can do a lot of good in a neighborhood without fresh food, I'm not sure about the longevity of that and long-term what that means for an urban landscape. But at the end of the day it is really about what are we going to define as a "desert"? This summer, when I was working at 61st was when Rahm came out and clapped his hands and said look, I fixed the food desert problem! But come to find out he was not using any of the original methodology, futzed with the distances and basically said that being in talks with grocery retailers was the same as creating actual grocery stores in neighborhoods (see: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-08-28/news/ct-met-rahm-emanuel-food-deserts-20130828_1_food-desert-desert-area-healthy-food). All one had to do was look at the maps that the Mayor's office used as support to realize how untrue this was. But then again, something WAS done, and perhaps he was shifting the definition of a food desert? I think we just have to be careful about conflating places without options for nutritious food (which also exists in many rural/exurban places) with impoverished neighborhoods and we should think about what solutions work well where. Things like convenience store promotions of vegetables are interesting to me, or the (RIP) Fresh Moves bus, and I could literally hang out all night talking about urban ag. I guess that's what I was hoping to get at with this piece--we gotta realize there are a lot of cracks and holes in this building of food systems and we cannot use a big wide brush. Woof! Sorry!
@laluchita yay! I'm so glad you linked it and the data shook out so well. Danny, Corey and Connie (the forces behind so much of the success there) deserve mad commendations.
@grog Redwall series? I was pretty into those when I was younger and you can do a lot of cute voices (gotta love moles!). I also loved loved LOVED Roald Dahl around that age, but not a series. Still, "BFG" is sort of the greatest.
@Meaghano Not wholly related to the "creative" industries but I would be REALLY curious as to see what this would look like in the NFP/NFP industrial complex world. I mean, basically, there is a ton of stuff being done by unpaid interns--some as ways to get credit for degrees and whatever (been there, done that) but definitely packaged in this, "Oh, you want to affect change? We can't pay you, but man, just think of the shine on your apple!" Also the type of work being done for some of these orgs without pay is shaaaaameful. :\
Oh, gosh, big hugs.