Chris points to "blipsters." But hipster bashing (blipsters included) is a growing sport. Music critic Carl Wilson provides perspective.
This poster, courtesy of the city of Muenster, Germany, illustrates the different amounts of space taken up by different kinds of transit.
Fast Company points to this video by film-maker John Paget, winner of a Congress for New Urbanism competition on the connection between urbanism and the environment
The FIRE economy - which stands for finance, insurance, and real estate - is extraordinarily concentrated geographically. But, as of yet, the popping of the FIRE bubble doesn't appear to be having any substantial effect on regional unemployment.
Earlier this week I posted on the best cities for college grads to launch their careers. But what are the top countries new grads are looking to? The same survey asked both American and foreign-born students to name the best countries in which to do so.
Tata - the Indian mega-conglomerate that launched the $2,000 car - has created a housing division which is building new apartments ranging from $7,800-$13,400 dollars outside Mumbai (pointer via Planetizen). Business Week's Prashant Gopal explains.
The New York Times asks artists how the recession is affecting their lives and work (h/t: Alison Kemper).
Over at Economix, Catherine Rampell points to this map from MapScroll which recreates the UN Human Development Index for U.S. states.
Stephen Walt spells out the advantages of tolerance, openness, and cosmopolitanism from the realist respective [thanks to Jon Rauch for the pointer). He goes to great pains to point out that he is talking about cosmopolitan openness not just ethnic assimilation.
It's clear that the economic crisis is having uneven impacts on different types of workers and different kinds of communities. Highly educated people and highly educated places are holding up much better than others. But among the most stable places in the current downturn are college towns.
The 2009 Child Well-Being Index examines the impact of the economic crisis on America's children.
Housing starts dipped to record lows in April. Just 357,000 single family homes were started last month, while total starts feel to 458,000 - an all-time record low. Calculated Risk charts the trend.
Here is a great interactive map of how stimulus dollars are being spent across the country. Lots of road construction and bridges are on the agenda. Click on the map for more details - you can mouse over the various cities and also drag 'n' drop to view by state.