This Swedish city has to move. Find out why and how they’re doing it:
Read more here: “The Plan to Move an Entire Swedish Town” (from The Atlantic)
And here (click on the gif, article from CityLab):
With another mass shooting in the U.S., gun control is topping the news cycle again. I have little hope that this tragedy will make a difference. The right to bear arms is too important to too many American citizens (even if that “arm” is a an assault rifle).
It’s pretty depressing:
Some cities, like Seattle (home of Starbucks), Washington DC and Chicago all have more Starbucks than gun dealers:
but there are plenty of cities where the pink dots far outnumber the green. And Orlando, Florida (site of the recent shooting) is one of them:
It’s hard for us here in Japan to understand why it’s even an issue. But it is. If you can think of a solution that will make both sides of the debate happy, you’ll be ahead of just about everyone in the U.S., including the current president and the presidential candidates.
I lived in Mâsach8sut for a little while many years ago.
Where, you say? That’s how you say Massachusetts in the Wôpanâak language — the language of the indigenous people of that part of North America. The language had basically died out, but it’s been revived by this Reclamation Project. Why?
“Reclaiming our language is one means of repairing the broken circle of cultural loss and pain. To be able to understand and speak our language means to see the world as our families did for centuries.”
Some might say that it’s a waste of time to learn a language that won’t be useful for you in finding a job. What do you think about that criticism?
There are many place names in the U.S. that have their origins in Native American words. You can find some here (where I found out that Iowa, where I was born, means “the sleepy ones”!) and here. Do you know any Japanese place names that have their origins in the Ainu language?
Watch this video to see how Vancouver has been used to play a variety of cities around the world in movies and TV shows: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and nameless cities in India, Japan and even North Korea:
Next time you take a walk around your city, try to see it as both a location and a setting. Which sections, which angles give it an unmistakable “This is Tokyo (or wherever)” look? Which areas could stand in for another city?