Category Archives: Economics

2014 Sochi Winter Olympics: Fisht Olympic Stadium

12205013174_ca00f3a9a5_o The 2014 Sochi Olympics are officially here. I, like so many, watched the opening ceremonies and marveled at the artistry and spectacle that took place within the Fisht Olympic Stadium. What most people might forget about the Games, was that Russia’s bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics was part of a broader goal to step back onto the world stage as hosts of major sporing events (the country’s last event was the Moscow Summer Olympics back in 1980.) Continue reading

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A journey through Havana

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Over the holidays, I was one of many who escaped the frigid cold and flew south for some much needed sun. My destination of choice was Cuba. Everyone who I talked before planning my trip to told me visiting Havana was a must. Even the locals told me that if I wanted to experience true Cuban culture, Havana was the city and place that encapsulated it all. Continue reading

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Harnessing the crowd to animate spaces and grow places

Battery Park - OpenCity ProjectsThere are a lot of things competing for our collective attention on the Internet. Inundated with requests to sign petitions, check out new notifications or read the live -breaking story on Twitter, it’s easy to glaze our eyes and just click “like”… or not. What does it matter, I’ve thought; nothing ever happens. I’ve felt the same with the underused or neglected spaces in my city as well. I’m sure we all have. But among the noise and in those spaces, there are great ideas and creative people working to improve their communities and bring some life to forgotten places. Continue reading

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Book Review: Detroit: An American Autopsy

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Once a thriving manufacturing powerhouse, the Rust Belt is now a vast area of urban decay and economic depression stretching across eight states in the northeastern United States. Cities in the Rust Belt have suffered significant population losses since manufacturing’s heyday in the early twentieth century—none more famously than Detroit, which has lost 61 per cent of its population in the last 60 years.

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Kensington Market and intercultural public space

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Toronto is a city that proudly celebrates its cultural diversity. Do its public spaces encourage cross-cultural interactions?

Kensington Market is a unique urban pocket of Toronto that possesses some of the city’s most dynamic public spaces and commercial quarters; plus, it exemplifies the mixed and hybrid nature of Toronto’s population. Continue reading

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