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AskMeFi Shopping Network

I need a very specific bag and I don't know where to look for it. I need a large bag that can be carried like a backpack, larger than 25L. I would like it to be in some way elegant (that's an open definition...), semi-fashionable for the PNW set, and water resistant enough to walk for 15 minutes in the rain and not be damp for days (so, probably not leather). [more inside]
posted by annie o on Aug 22, 2014 - 14 answers

Where are some decent, non-magnet American urban public high schools?

My definition of decent = half kids go to college or something post-secondary, relatively safe (low risk of gang violence, I hope I'm not being presumptuous), stable (admin and teachers not always leaving every year). Non Magnet means no competition to get in, just living within a school district. My definition of urban means walkable and fairly dense, but not college towns.
posted by sandmanwv on Aug 21, 2014 - 21 answers

Thought leaders in urban transportation?

I work for a large municipal multi-modal transportation agency in the Bay Area. I'm interested in starting an agency-wide speaker series focusing on thought-leaders and innovators within the transportation industry. [more inside]
posted by Captain Chesapeake on Aug 11, 2014 - 14 answers

urban development making a difference with open source?

I am finding British social entrepreneurs and charity leads to be very timid about expansion for expansion's sake. I am trying to find more compelling global voices who have shared an urban development idea in an open source way. Not at all in an IT sense, I should add. Bonus if it has zero to do with lending with interest.
posted by parmanparman on Jul 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Finding other Somervilles in North America

What neighborhoods or towns in the metro areas of NYC, DC, Toronto, Vancouver, SF, Seattle, and Portland are similar to Somerville, MA (north of Boston)? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Jul 11, 2014 - 24 answers

The Wild West versus Gangs of New York

On a per capita basis, have urban areas always been more violent than rural areas? [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches on May 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Modern life is bringing me down

Life has been really good to me, yet I feel unfulfilled in this endless cycle of daily routines. Am I expecting something unrealistic or is this a sign I need to change my lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by monologish on May 27, 2014 - 39 answers

The Urban Planner's Dream of having the cars hidden underground

In the early design ideas for EPCOT, the Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow, a big part of the dream was to have the cars travel in underground tunnels, to keep the city above clean, and keep pedestrians safe from motor vehicle accidents. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on May 19, 2014 - 22 answers

What urban adventure should I look into?

I have been reading up on walking around Los Angeles as an "urban thru-hike." What urban thru-hike/scavenger hunt would you recommend for your city or a city you've visited? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Mar 11, 2014 - 11 answers

I have a $33,000 dream. Plus or minus 10K.

I'd like to buy a home in a very cheap place that still has culture--local, regional, and national music. Museums, public attractions, parks. Bike friendly and/or walkable and/or good public transportation system. Great natural attractions nearby--hiking, rafting, kayaking, swimming, climbing, caving, hunting, fishing. Where is this possible? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 4, 2014 - 44 answers

Color me pretty. Help me learn watercolors!

I'd love to do more urban/travel sketching with watercolors and ink, and I'm pretty new to art. How do I learn to do it better? More inside! [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Feb 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Looking for abandoned places for neat photography shoots!

Do you live or know of neat places in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana that my explorer/photographer friend could visit? Let me know! [more inside]
posted by Driven on Jan 8, 2014 - 9 answers

The job market in LA

I'm making plans to move to Los Angeles and I very likely will have someone else accompanying me who is also feeling the desire to move to Los Angeles with me as well (he went with me on a week long vacation - please note the previous AskMeFi for better reference [more inside]
posted by antgly on Dec 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Examples of a sense of play in public spaces?

I'm looking for examples, ideally with pictures, of public spaces that foster a sense of play, whimsy, imagination, etc. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Dec 1, 2013 - 43 answers

DC on Black Friday... Non Shopping Suggestions, Please!

My husband and I have the opportunity to be dropped off at the Metro (red line, Glenmont side) at around 11:00am and picked back up there around 5:30-6:00pm on Friday 11/29, the day after Thanksgiving. What should we do? What's open? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Nov 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Jobs Involving Cities, w/o math + grad school

I love cities, I love walking around in them, I love learning about them, and I would like to make a career out of this. Caveats: I do not want to deal with math/science, and I would really rather not go to grad school. [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Nov 4, 2013 - 15 answers

How can I characterize locations in the NY/NJ area by urban/suburban?

I have about 400 address in the NY/NJ metro area, and I'd like to characterize each address as urban or suburban based on some standard definition. What is a good way to do this? I'm willing to use a paid service to code my addresses. [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Oct 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Where in the US is like Barcelona?

Last year I spent some time in the Eixample district of Barcelona. We really liked the scale, the feel, the streets there. Are there places in the United States like that? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 17, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me figure out how old this sign is?

Approximately how old is this sign, and what font is it? The stucco facade could date from as early as the 1920s, but the lettering on the signs looks to my untrained eye to be from the 70s or later.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on Sep 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Concrete garden?

How do I beautify a concrete "garden" space without relying on my green thumb? [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Aug 19, 2013 - 16 answers

Cities that aren't cities, but have city things

Rural(ish) towns in the U.S. that have city(ish) things. Does this kind of place exist? [more inside]
posted by dede on Jul 19, 2013 - 64 answers

Biking around Seattle?

Hi! I'm visiting Seattle for the first time next week, and my friend (also visiting) and I want to explore the city on bike. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer on Jun 13, 2013 - 10 answers

What are your family-style, urban living life hacks?

Mrs. Quizicalcoatl and I are finally moving to the Boston area with our 9- and 7-year old. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl on May 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Moving to Denver, know nothing west of the Mississippi. Help!

I'm moving to Denver... soon! Aside from one awesome week in San Francisco, I've never even been west of the Mississippi. Help this Georgia girl find a place to love. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on May 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Alternative living arrangements?

I may be on the lookout for a new residence soon, and I'm open to alternatives to the usual apartment/house rental. In particular, living in an RV or camper trailer parked on the street outside of a friend's house (or in their driveway if long-term parking on the street is illegal) seems doable. And fun. And possible (I asked). What's it like? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 6, 2013 - 19 answers

Turning this brown thumb to green...

Are succulents and/or sedums a good choice for Baltimore west-facing window boxes? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Apr 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Seeking opinions on columnar apple trees

Has anybody planted em? Ate em? I'm eyeing the well-established Scarlet Sentinel/Golden Sentinel vs new Urban Columnar Series. I will pay more up front if that gets me tastier apples. Thanks.
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting on Mar 16, 2013 - 3 answers

What determines the price of a drink at a bar?

What determines the price of a drink at a bar? Why does it differ drastically in different places? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Mar 11, 2013 - 17 answers

Can you help me identify a piece of infrastructure I found in Detroit?

I was looking around in a semi-abandoned industrial area in Detroit today when I found an unusual looking piece of infrastructure on the side of the road. It consists of a cabinet with an electric feed, an antenna, and no other obvious openings. There were a couple signs on the cabinet, and something inside was making intermittent motor-type noises. Audio, video, pictures, and a maps link are inside. Please take a look if you think you might be able to figure out what this thing is! [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Mar 9, 2013 - 18 answers

Training for Urban Ag- Gardening/Farming and Horses

So I am really interested in the Food Justice movement and urban gardening. Ideally, I would like to be involved with helping people grow their own food in the city. I have NO experience. I am pursuing a Masters in Public Health and I think that this would dovetail nicely with my research interests. Would it be a good idea for me to get formal training in gardening? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Mar 4, 2013 - 10 answers

Drawing showing bonus FAR on a real building.

In New York, and many other cities, developers can build bigger buildings than would otherwise be allowed, as long as they provide amenities such as parks, schools, affordable housing, etc. I want to show students how this works by providing a photo or drawing of a real building, annotated to show how much of the height is due to these bonuses. For example, a drawing of a 50 story building, where the first 30 floors are unannotated, but then 30-35 are labeled "plaza," 35-40 "affordable housing units," 40-45 "subway entrance" and so on. I want it to be from a real building, and clear enough to show via a projector. I'm surprised this doesn't already exist, but I've done plenty of searching and can't find it.
posted by lenore on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Take me home, concrete roads.

Watched Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart several days ago, and am now obsessed with introspective movies/TV series about young students living in Tokyo. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Feb 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Looking for readings to impart a sense of current academic urban studies

Long-term, I'm thinking of going back to grad school but I'm unsure what subject I'd want to do it in. In parallel, I simply have an itch to know more about urban studies that I'd like to scratch. Given this is a long-term goal, I thought it would be nice to get to the point where I am at least quasi-fluent in modern urban studies. I'm looking for any suggestions towards this end, though I was thinking about just compiling a list of influential works and papers, read those, then follow any particularly intriguing citations and so on. My goal is to at least have a critical (ideally not shallow but not super deep) understand at the level of a masters student, let's say. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by wooh on Feb 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Everyday Life Everywhere?

What are some good sources - blogs or books - for learning what everyday life is like in different parts of the world? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jan 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Sustainability in Detroit?

Going to Detroit. I need recommendations on the cool places to see regeneration, sustainable initiatives, parks, art, urban agriculture, etc. (the innovative stuff that makes Detroit awesome!) [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

how to resolve a diversity conflict

A man died near our condo 7 years ago, and anonymous neighbors maintain a memorial at the relevant telephone pole by attaching stuffed animals, artificial flowers, and other stuff to it, which weather eventually turns into trash. The city has occasionally (rarely) removed it, but the mourners pile more on right away. How can we best negotiate an end to this long-running custom? [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Sep 18, 2012 - 79 answers

Help me figure out what to read next!

Yet another "please help me find more books to read" query [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Sep 17, 2012 - 32 answers

Good Masters Programs in Urban Planning?

What are some good MA programs in Urban planning in the US? With emphasis on working from the architectural side on large scale developments, particularly in relation to tourism. [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque on Aug 19, 2012 - 5 answers

What happened here? How do I research my hometown?

History/Librarian Filter: Inspired by all the interesting London history coming out here, I'd like to start researching my own backyard, but I have little idea where to begin. What resources are typically available if wanted to research an area (US)? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Jul 27, 2012 - 8 answers

copin' with readin'

Looking for any decent non-fiction books, in English, about Copenhagen. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

It's ninja turtles all the way down.

Why would a short section of street have 8-10 manholes? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jun 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Hidden Gems in Sprawl City

You live or have visited a stereotypical, non-walkable, sprawling American city (or region). What are the urban streets (or neighborhoods) that are particularly beautiful, have mixed uses, sidewalks, and buildings close to the street (any combination of the above)? What's a good way to figure out where these places are? (Without going here or searching city-data?) [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 13, 2012 - 16 answers

Detroit vs. Cleveland

Detroit vs. Cleveland -- without a car [more inside]
posted by bluelight on May 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Urban Plannin'

I'm looking to make the jump from the public sector to perhaps a career in urban planning. Can you share your experience with me? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on May 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find this urban public spaces book.

Help me find this urban public spaces book. [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan on May 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Urban composting: where to begin?

Urban composting: where to begin? [more inside]
posted by morninj on May 5, 2012 - 6 answers

How do the non-gentry feel about gentrification?

Opinions on gentrification from a gentrified neighborhood's non-gentry residents? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

How do I survive the city?

Moving to a big, foreign city from a very small American town- what skills or situations should a country lady be aware of? In other words, how do I not die and/or not go crazy from the people? So. Many. People. [more inside]
posted by Bibliogeek on Apr 3, 2012 - 30 answers

How can we measure sun and plant a garden in our urban patio?

What's the best way to determine how much sun our back patio gets? And what's the best way to plant an urban garden on a concrete back patio? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Mar 31, 2012 - 14 answers

Pimp my roof, garden of eden edition

Help me turn my new roof terrace into a luxuriant, highly productive garden! [more inside]
posted by narcotizingdysfunction on Jan 30, 2012 - 5 answers

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