The Cities Thread

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by That Phat Hat, Sep 12, 2012.

  1. soccernutter

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    One day, officiating a match, there was hard contact on a 50/50 ball. It was completely fair and a parent right behind me started yelling for a foul. I turned around, used my hands to tell him to sit down, and said "my field." A heard a few snickers behind me as I left that side and followed the play. He was silent the rest of the game.


  2. soccernutter

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    Continuing the off topic...

    Know a classmate who had a japanese dad. She went and got a masters in something like Economics. She now does metal art and sells sculpted furniture that looks quite nice.
  3. Barbara

    Barbara Hail Grimes!

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    This is why I like Portland's cart pod concept. Our carts don't move around - instead they cluster in groups so there are hipster food courts all over town.
  4. That Phat Hat

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    Are the pods basically a variation on Singapore's hawker centers, which I am led to believe are the most amazing thing ever?

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    I think DC has informal food truck clusters in places like Farragut Square and Franklin Square.


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    Orlando Rays This is your world.

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    Well, if it helps any, there is a proliferation of fat kids in China growing up on McDonald's and KFC. If the CPC ever tried to abolish them, that might finally kick-start the final revolt against their rule. o_O
  6. Dr. Wankler

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    We have a damn fine one in Scranton

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    Not really off topic in a thread on cities. Thread has to be diverse if it's going to be at all useful. Speaking of diversity, this reminded me of my favorite disappointed asian dad memes:

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    Not that cool, no, but nice enough. The pod by my office is just a vacant lot that the owner decided to rent out to a variety of food carts. We have pizza (good pizza, too), mexican, a fried pie cart, a crepe cart, a place that sells french fries and poutine and a sort of a cajun/southern cart. Sadly, in December my office is moving to South Waterfront which has some carts, but not many.

    There are a couple of pods downtown with zillions of carts - entire blocks devoted to them. Some of them have recently gotten licenses to serve beer.

    Sal Zizzo, a Timbers player, has a cart that sells italian-ish things like sausage and meatball subs. It's punnily named Zizzo's FC.
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    If I am not mistaken, the family of restaurant owners he is related to is the Busalacchi family, which seemingly own all of the Italian restaurants San Diego's Little Italy. All of the kids from that family went to my high school, as did Zizzo, but he started going there a year after I graduated.
  10. That Phat Hat

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    And I think urban life is, beyond living where a lot of other people live, about confronting choices that come with distinct benefits and costs, and trying to figure out what's priority, and how your choices interact with other people's choices. This thread is basically about life choices.
    I remember going to college, meeting all the other Asian kids and feeling ashamed that I hadn't achieved concert-level mastery of at least three musical instruments.
    /not true
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  11. That Phat Hat

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    I want to one day live in a city where you can buy a "Keep (name of city) weird" t-shirt
    Yeah, I saw that on the Food Network or ESPN or something once. That's pretty rad.
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    Q*bert Jones III The People's Poet

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    How about "Keep Brooklyn Poor?"©
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    Denver has done a good job working to update city laws and regulations to work better for the trucks. Every Tues & Thurs at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver a bunch of trucks gather. Another group of trucks has banded together, calling themselves the Justice League of Food Trucks and does great pop-up gatherings with a DJ and baar. One truck called Pinche Tacos did so well that the owner opened a brick & mortar which is now one of the top restaurants in Denver and always packed. Their pork belly agridulce tacos and the surf 'n' turf rock shrimp/lengua tacos are the bomb.
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    Tennessee born Korean-American comic Henry Cho used to talk about walking into his math classes in college and being able to sense the "Great-there-goes-the-curve" hostility.


    I was stuck at a faculty party once with a woman from Canada who lamented that Consrvatives will never dominate Canadian politics because so much of the population lives in cities. That was presumed to be a bad thing. I think your quote explains a lot thatmshe wasn't likely to get.
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    That's a good one.

    I've been reading that hilarious Die Hipster blog lately, very much an unabashedly old school native NYer chronicle of the hipster invasion and gentrification of Brooklyn. They kind of take it a little overboard, but that's part of what makes it so funny to me.
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    The sad thing is that I live across the river. I've seen bumper stickers here that say "Keep Vancouver Normal." Those people are lucky I don't carry a pellet gun. We have two food carts now. It took the first cart over a year to jump through all of the regulatory hoops.

    Nice!
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    Yes! Finally... :ROFLMAO:
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    Diehipster documents the proliferation of foodie trucks in NYC

    The dirty water dog, the hot pretzel and knish are iconic New York City foods available in parks and street corners throughout the city. Even more ethnic foods have been available for some time now like Mexican, Greek, and Middle Eastern food carts. Now, I’m not saying to go out there and stuff 20 hotdogs down your throat or to eat a steady diet of that kind of street food but it’s fair to say it’s all pretty tasty and affordable.

    That being said the hipsters, yupsters and city officials feel it’s time for a change. It’s time to put those iconic street vendors out of business and make room for expensive organic artisanal gourmet food trucks which most New Yorkers could two ********s about when they are hanging out in a park or in a rush and can’t sit down for a meal or want to affordably satisfy a group of hungry kids. In the NY Post article it says the city hired a group to do a pro-bono study of what New Yorkers want see as far as food vendors and the study suggests that most New Yorkers want more diversity. BULLSH#T. I can guarantee you this ‘city-wide’ study was only conducted on the Park Slope side of Prospect Park and McCarren Park. Besides, we all know how the hip/yups really feel about diversity.

    Imagine the $1.00 ice that you used to buy in the park from the guy with the little cart and bell will be replaced by gourmet gelato for $4.50 now sold by Harrison, the emaciated Brawny Man wood shop failure from New Hampshire. The good old hot dog you used to buy on the corner will now be a $10.00 free-range roasted rabbit taco stand. The knishes you loved will now be artisanal crepes smothered in Mast Bros pubic beard chocolate for a mere $7.00.

    http://diehipster.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/getting-out-of-hand-gourmet-food-trucks-to-take-over/
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  19. Cascarino's Pizzeria

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    I love it too. The red line map is a classic:

    This is a warning to all you talentless, ironic, trend sucking, wanna-be urban, pseudo pioneers. DO NOT CROSS BELOW THE RED LINE. You aren’t discovering sh*t. Your liberal arts college mentalities and your hipster uniforms are despised down here. We like our non-organic coffee and vegetables just the way they are. We don’t pay $2000 a month for a one bedroom down here with our Daddy’s money or cram 6 bearded, emaciated, finger painters in one to afford it. There’s nothing edgy, ironic, or gritty for you to see. We don’t need your culture, or lack thereof. The average resident down here has more culture in one of their bitten and spit out fingernails than an entire block of tuba playing kickballing organic tea connoisseurs in North Brooklyn combined. Remember, DO NOT CROSS SOUTH OF THAT LINE. You have been warned you filthy motherfers.

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    Chicago's downtown "Farmer's Market" costs a damn small fortune. Ain't nobody there but rich white people from Lincoln Park and the white-collar burbs.
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    You guys are soccer purists then?
  22. roadkit

    roadkit It's Amazing What You Can See From Up Here

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    Hawker Centers are awesome. Almost worth flying halfway around the world just for a lunch of chicken rice and a tiger beer.

    Actually, they are worth flying halfway around the world for.
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    A co-worker was in a kickball league and took it quite seriously. I shared stories of my kickball skillz in the 5th grade (how metal-toed boots helped enormously) & he relayed his stories from...last week.

    Wiffle Ball used to be huge in the 'burbs 30 years ago. We had fields that we named after different ballparks - Yankee, Shea, Wrigley and any field with a big fence was always Fenway. We hopped on our bikes, drove through traffic to different parts of town to challenge other teams. Never parents around because they were doing stuff like working and ignoring us until we got home from playing all day. Most parents smoked, drank and the nice ones would actually drive their kids to baseball or football practice and pick them up after. Me & my friends walked everywhere in our football/baseball uniforms. Used to wear down lots of cleats that way.
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    Lived in the burbs, but still had plenty of parks like that. Those of us who followed baseball (at the time) had them named, whether we played there or not, by the type of field. Wrigley was obvious. Dodger Stadium was the place up on the hill (home field, of course, for us). One place had a big fence that bend inward. We called it the Metrodome. One place had a massively long left field. I called it Polo grounds, but nobody else did. They all called in Yankee Stadium.
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    Kickball beats the crap out of Wiffle ball, if only because the fielder has a legit chance of throwing the runner out at a base or hitting him with it. Wiffle's a game of luck once the ball leaves the bat. Dodgeball, in its various forms, is underrated, too.

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