Hot U.S. Cities, jobs, culture, Southern and Modest Sized, The Daily Beast, lists: A few of my favorite places made the list …
Call them aspirational cities, or magnets of opportunity, but the urban areas attracting today’s ambitious citizens are most likely Southern, culturally vibrant, modest sized, long on jobs, and short on traffic, write Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox.
A city at its best, wrote the philosopher René Descartes, provides “an inventory of the possible.” The city Descartes had in mind was 17th-century Amsterdam, which for him epitomized those cities where people go to change their circumstances and improve their lives. But such aspirational cities have existed throughout American history as well, starting with Boston in the 17th century, Philadelphia in the 18th, New York in the 19th, Chicago in the early 20th, Detroit in the 1920s and 1930s, followed by midcentury Los Angeles, and San Jose in the 1980s.Yes, the great rule of aspirational cities is that they change over time, becoming sometimes less entrepreneurial, more expensive, and demographically stagnant. In the meantime, other cities, often once obscure, suddenly become the new magnets of opportunity.
Washington National Cathedral, Darth Vader, random: I assumed this was an internet hoax … 🙂
The Star Wars Villain on the Northwest TowerIn the 1980s, while the west towers were under construction, Washington National Cathedral held a decorative sculpture competition for children. Word of the competition was spread nationwide through National Geographic World Magazine. The third-place winner was Christopher Rader, with his drawing of that fearful villain, Darth Vader. The fierce head was sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter, carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, and placed high upon the northwest tower of the Cathedral.
recreational mountain climbers, firsts, Moses, Jesus, Elijah, Empedocles, King Philip V of Macedon, firsts : Moses, Jesus, Elijah, Empedocles … religiously motivated peak experiences … King Philip V of Macedon … who?
Moses climbed Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments and ascended Mount Nebo (Jordan) to gaze on the land he would never reach. Jesus took three disciples to a mountaintop to commune with the ghosts of Moses and Elijah. Empedocles, the ancient Greek philosopher, climbed the active volcano Mount Etna on Sicily and leaped into the flaming crater in 430 BC. According to legend, he intended to become an immortal god; the volcano ejected one of his sandals turned to bronze by the heat.
But these religiously motivated peak experiences cannot be described as enjoyable or recreational.
For what may be the earliest summit experience undertaken for pleasure we can look to the ancient Roman historian Livy. King Philip V of Macedon’s mountain climbing expedition was undertaken to admire the spectacular view from Mount Haemus in Thrace, a high peak (ca 7,000 ft) in the Balkan Mountain Range of Bulgaria.
Bon Appetit’s August Issue, music playlist, marketing, BA Daily: Bon Appétit, Spotify: So I think this is interesting marketing … does it enhance BA or Spotify?
Last month was for grilling and all its excesses; August is for taking a (slightly) healthier turn. Go for simple preparations, fresh produce, the odd indulgence (ice cream sandwiches, anyone?), and a killer soundtrack. This one, ideally.
1. My Kind of Fast Food (p. 16)
Descendents, “I Like Food”
Like the idyllic summer lunch Adam Rapoport describes in his editor’s letter, a perfect meal can still be a quickly assembled one. Ditto a punk anthem.
2. The Chill Zone (p. 25)
EPMD, “You Gots to Chill”
All you need is our recipe, an inexpensive ice cream maker, and 10 minutes. And maybe Erick and Parrish’s advice: “Always calm under pressure, no need to act ill. Listen when I tell you boy, you gots to chill.”
3. One-Dish Wonder Woman (p. 28)
Madonna, “Express Yourself”
Drew Barrymore likes an eclectic soundtrack in the kitchen. The other day, she poured a glass of champagne and blasted Madonna’s “Express Yourself.” Exactly.
4. The Return of the G&T (p. 30)
Merle Haggard, “Misery and Gin”
Country-music great Merle Haggard knew it: Any reason to drink a Gin and Tonic is a fine one.
5. The Foodist (p. 34)
Meklit and Quinn, “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”
Andrew Knowlton’s road-trip mix ends with the Talking Heads classic. Mix things up with Meklit and Quinn’s summery cover.
6. Shop the Crop (p. 46)
The Beets, “Now I Live”
Beets–delicious, dark red, cancer-fighting beets!–deserve a second chance. So do the Beets.
7. A Cooler Cookout (p. 50)
Tullycraft, “DIY Queen”
The best way to enliven that backyard meal? Do-it-yourself condiments.
8. Seattle Shines (p. 58)
Mother Love Bone, “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns”
He probably gets this a lot, but Bar Sajor chef Matthew Dillon isn’t the first person with his name to have a starring role in Seattle. Twenty-two years later, the best thing about the Matt Dillon-starring movie Singles is its grungy soundtrack.
9. A Day at the Beach and Dinner at the Sea (p. 66)
JEFF The Brotherhood, “Mellow Out”
These Nashville garage rockers sing a lot about chilling out. That cold corn soup with lobster salad is a good place to start.
10. Virgin Territory (p. 78)
Holopaw, “We Are the Virgin Snow”
However you like your virgin cocktail in the summer–heavy on juices, hard on bitters–you’ll want it winter-cold.
11. Red Green & Gold (p. 80)
Guy Clark, “Homegrown Tomatoes”
There’s a reason Nashville great Guy Clark liked to introduce “Homegrown Tomatoes” as a love song. (The tomatoes, obviously.)
12. The Vegetable Revolution (p. 88)
R.E.M., “You Are the Everything”
Use a mandoline to cut those veggies paper-thin. Use a mandolin to cut to the heartstrings.
lists, The Best Summer Getaways, Pawleys Island SC, Summer Destinations | OutsideOnline.com: One of my favorite places … love the description. 🙂
Thank God for Myrtle Beach. While the crowds pack its rowdy shoreline, the Hammock Coast—just 20 minutes south—remains pristine. Five rivers converge on eclectic villages, cypress swamps, and black-water rivers. Grab a kayak (rentals, $35) and paddle two and a half hours to the 9,200-acre Sandy Island nature preserve, an island that’s home to maritime forests and black bears. Refuel with shrimp and grits at Quigley’s Pint and Plate back on the mainland ($16.50) and set up your beachfront campsite at Huntington Beach State Park (from $17).
Louisville Hot Spots , Garden and Gun: Something new to try in Louisville KY!
Big Four Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge
This onetime railroad truss bridge has been updated to create a car-free path across the Ohio River. The ramp to Indiana isn’t expected to be open until October, but you can take in river views with access via the on-ramp at the Louisville waterfront. louisvillewaterfront.com
The Care-Package Wars , summer camp, parenting, Bruce Feiler, NYTimes.com: Anyone else feel like our generations has really screwed up the parenting thing?
In almost every way, the camps were exactly as I had romanticized them. Except one: care packages are now strictly banned. In camp after camp, directors described how they had outlawed such packages after getting fed up with hypercompetitive parents sending oversize teddy bears and bathtubs of M&M’s.
And they’re not alone. Across the country, sleep-away programs of all sizes are fighting back against overzealous status-mongers.
Not taking this in stride, parents have turned to increasingly elaborate smuggling routines, from hollowing out Harry Potter books to burrowing holes in tennis balls to get their little dumplings a taste of the checkout aisle. We have entered the age of the care-package wars, where strong-willed camps and strong-willed parents battle over control of their children’s loyalty and downtime.
interactive map, A Month of Citi Bike, graphics, The New Yorker: Wow, love this “interactive graphic!” Can’t wait to ride a Citi Bike.
Here are some highlights from the map:
A commuting pattern first emerged in our data on Tuesday, June 11th, when bikers travelled to a central corridor, which begins in midtown Manhattan and moves south, through the Flatiron District and down to the Financial District. The bikes arrived in this “workplace” area at around 9 A.M., and they remained there until around 7 P.M. The next day, an evening-commute shape materialized, with bikers moving toward certain residential neighborhoods: the East Village, the West Village, and Williamsburg. The pattern fell off somewhat on Thursday, but it returned the following week, and thereafter grew increasingly distinct, with workdays attracting bikes to the center of the city.
Temperatures and precipitation also influence bike use, so the map displays weather information alongside bike movement. For instance, the weaker commuting pattern on Thursday, June 13th, can be attributed, in part, to colder temperatures and over an inch of rain.
It’s possible that the Citi Bike system may be too successful for its own good. As the program becomes a more popular method of commuting, the workday leaves some areas bereft of bikes, making it more difficult for those with reverse or off-hour commutes to participate in the program. Citi Bike crews do redistribute the bikes, but the empty areas on the map show how challenging it is to balance their availability across the stations.
On weekends, the commutes are replaced by patternless, recreational movement, in which bikers meander around the city. The continuous weekend use also results in more over-all activity than Citi Bikes see on weekdays. Greg Estren, who compiles data on Citi Bike, calculated that over the six-week period from June 8th through July 19th, there was ten per cent more station activity on weekends than on weekdays.
July Fourth was a bikers’ holiday. As the night grew dark, Citi Bike members pedalled to the Hudson River to see the fireworks.
Baja Lobster Roll, recipes, OutsideOnline.com: I am stuffed right now, but if one of these were placed in front of me, I probably could find room.
What’s with the abundance of lobsters? It’s the culmination of decades of smart conservation efforts, like strict size limits, that have created one of the most sustainable fisheries in the U.S. “We’ve had a strong plan in place for over 100 years,” says Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. “In some ways, we’ve been a victim of our own success.” We’ll eat to that.
Want to make your own lobster rolls? Try this delicious recipe from the Little Market American Brasserie:
BAJA LOBSTER ROLL (makes two sandwiches)
Chipotle, cabbage slaw, lemon
1 piece chipotle pepper in adobo
1 egg yolk
½ tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 cup water
1 cup canola oil
1. In a blender, combine chipotle, egg, lemon juice, and water, blend till smooth
2. Slowly add oil on medium speed
3. Adjust seasoning
1/8 of a head Napa cabbage, shredded
1/8 of a head read cabbage, shredded
1 small carrot, julienned
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
½ shallot, minced
6 tbsp. canola oil
1. Combine first lemon juice, white wine vinegar and shallots
2. Slowly emulsify oil with a blender
3. Adjust seasoning
FOR THE ROLL
2 New England style lobster rolls
½ tsp. chopped tarragon
½ tsp. minced shallot
4 oz. cleaned, chopped, fresh Main lobster meat
¼ cup of the mixed slaw
2 tbsp. chipotle mayo
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. lemon vinaigrette
pinch of salt
1. Butter the cut ends of the roll and griddle till golden brown
2. Mix the slaw with the chipotle mayo, honey and salt
3. Mix the lobster with shallot, tarragon, lemon vinaigrette and salt
4. Slice open the griddle bun, making sure not to slice all the way through
5. Fill with the slaw first and place the lobster mix on top