Brian Frank writes: "Richard Florida points to a familiar article about 'blipsters' - 'black hipsters.' Which is funny, now that I think of it, because the original hipsters were known as 'white negroes.'" Well, almost. Norman Mailer's infamous "The White Negro: Superficial Reflections on the Hipster" was originally published in 1957 in Dissent.
More than 2,000 car dealerships across the country will be closing their doors in coming months. Planetizen - my favorite urbanist site - recently asked its readers what should be done with all that space. Here are the top five vote-getters as of May 21.
A new British study finds that the most pirated pop songs on the internet are those that already top the charts. Instead of giving rise to a "long tail" where small indie acts broaden their appeal online, the study found that digital technology - and music pirating - simply work to reinforce the fat head of mass appeal.
The great Frank Gehry speaks to Charlie Rose about his life and work.
Google has developed a nifty new algorithm to identify employees who are most likely to leave the company. Discoblog explains.
Felix Salmon points to Julia Ioffe's TNR story on Nouriel Roubini, zeroing in on the long journey back to recovery.
The American Lung Association's State of the Air report on America's most polluted cities is out. Here's one summary (pointer via Planetizen).
Toyota's Scion brand is turning to hipster culture in its attempts to lure Gen Y (h/t: Ian Swain).
Here's the real map from the Social Science Research Council's American Human Development Project. MapScroll and Economix clear up any remaining confusion about an earlier, problematic map. Check out the project's website and terrific interactive maps.
The U.S. unemployment rate is nearly nine percent but varies widely by gender, race, and also by state and metropolitan region. Last month, 106 U.S. metros reported jobless rates of 10 percent or more, while 90 had rates below seven percent, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. So Charlotta Mellander and I decided to take a look at the factors that are associated with higher levels of regional unemployment. In the graphs below, we compare the year-over-year change in unemployment to human capital levels (that is the percent of a region's residents with a bachelor's degree or above) and the occupational and class structure.
Ludovic Hunter-Tilney elaborates in the Financial Times noting the shift from the shredding solos of Hendrix, Clapton, Page, and Beck to the "shimmering" contextual tones of U2's Edge or Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. What about Jack White?
Wendell Cox writes: "Most suburban growth is not the result of declining core city populations, but is rather a consequence of people moving from rural areas and small towns to the major metropolitan areas. It is the appeal of large metropolitan places that drives suburban growth..."
Columbia University statistician Andrew Gelman is not impressed: "The 50 states don't vary much by life expectancy, literacy, and school enrollment. Sure, Hawaiians live a few years longer than Mississippians, and there are some differences in who stays in school, but by far the biggest differences between states, from these measures, are in GDP. The average income in Connecticut is twice that of Mississippi."