Notes: On Winter Walks

A Pittsburgh winter makes us wonder whether change is inevitable

Last week, with cracked fingers, I opened a 2009 article from The New York Times: Is Cold Air Cleaner Than Warm Air? by C Claiborne Ray. I didn’t need a definitive answer; I wasn’t sure they’d have one. I really only wanted to believe the colder air out there was better for me—that the sting was worth enduring. At the very least, it felt so …

Randy Hage’s Miniature NYC Facades

Randy Hage’s NYC storefront project began by documenting them—he took 450+ photos over 14 years across the city. The majority of these shops (unsurprisingly) have been torn down. But from his images, Hage painstakingly reproduces each on to scale. While some are well-known (like CBGB’s or the still-standing Katz’s Deli), many have long been forgotten and lost to gentrification. Hage’s incredibly detailed work keeps the …

The Creative Class is Growing in Smaller Cities

Using data from the US Census American Community Survey, CityLab’s Richard Florida and economist Todd Gabe tracked the growth of the creative class across the country. Popular belief assumes that talent is concentrated in bigger cities (NYC, LA, SF) but data actually supports the opposite. In fact, the aforementioned cities have experienced the slowest growth since 2005. Instead, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids …