Tag: Geography

Spare me your empathy if it does not come coupled with institutional change. Support the initiatives and institutions that help people of color get out there, like the nonprofit Outdoor Afro and the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund. Help reframe the discussion about the outdoors. Highlight the stories of the buffalo soldiers, who became some of America’s first park rangers. Tell the children about Harriet Tubman’s ability to interpret the weather. Be unafraid of the historical contexts that hold weight in our country. Explore and overturn those caricatures that are deeply embedded in the mythology we perpetuate about the unjust portions of our history. Having an integrated outdoors means embracing all of America—complete with its messy origins, complicated backstory, and currently murky future. It might mean allowing someone else to claim what you believed to be your exclusive birthright.

From We’re Here. You Just Don’t See Us. by Latria Graham

Healthy Businesses Permits For St. Johns?

Trying to figure out what streets in downtown St. Johns could work as outdoor plazas under the new Healthy Businesses permit given that the main drag — North Lombard — would be exempt due to being a transit route, I think that segments of Alta, Burlington, Leavitt, and John are good candidates, in that they could be used not only by businesses on those streets but by nearby businesses on Lombard near the intersection(s).

Alta would allow for Champ’s Barber, Affogato, and Homegrown Smoker. Burlington would allow for The Great North, Sol Bowl, Chop, and 45th Parallel Wines. Leavitt would allow for St. Johns Coffee, Wood Fired Eats, Paiku, and North End Barber. John would allow for John Street Cafe, Hot Dog Energy, and Stormbreaker.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting that all of these locations become plazas under the new permitting process. These are just my best takes on where they might work.


  1. It’s possible that maybe lower Leavitt would not work due to the US Bank parking lot.

Joe Cortright compares Vancouver, BC, and the Navajo Nation and suggests that when it comes to rates of infection, the apparent key is “not density, but rather poverty, a lack of health care, and housing over-crowding”.

‪It’s weird how Neil Gaiman defends his trip to Scotland as “going home” because voting and tax rolls but also keeps referring to his Woodstock house where three other families fled cities as home. Who among us hasn’t gotten confused as to which of our several international homes is home?‬ How do so many jetsetting rich people think they are just normal blokes. It’s not just the lack of self-awareness but the lack even of any perceived need for it.

Link Log Roundup for May 11, 2020

In this edition: labor surveillance, viral surfaces, blurb writing, knowing the risks, testing questions, child vaccinations, engineering ventilators, actuarial science, Cannon Beach, bunk beds, institutional discrimination, public pharma, money for Western states, virtual reality, false balance, the social safety net, salon workers, opening up the streets, and public opinion.

Link Log Roundup for May 9, 2020

In this edition: zip codes, movie theaters, internet dramas, driving in and through, weekend weather, Mothers’ Day, and calling the neighbors.

Writing for Atlas Obscura, Dan Nosowitz deep-dives Dutch profanity, which turns out to be laden with wishing upon others one disease or another — “Get the corona!” having already entered the local lexicon. That said, I really do need to just sort of pass along one paragraph without comment.

“The Dutch people are very straightforward and blunt, we have a reputation of this, and that’s also in the cursing,” says Sanders. But for those who aren’t Dutch, some of this can seem wildly inappropriate. “You’re talking about a culture that celebrates Santa with slaves,” says Hines. “So there’s a certain level of what might seem like outright racism or homophobia or a lack of general graciousness to people who are not like you.” The Netherlands is more than three-quarters Dutch, and the Dutch are, like people in most European countries, grappling with how to speak to people who don’t look or act like them, but who are now part of their nation.

Link Log Roundup for May 6, 2020

In this edition: profit and incompetence, the 1918 economy, the third quarter, behavioral scientists, false expectations, co-dependent states, Oregon neighborhoods, Oregon restaurants, a giant agave, emoji, the Texas governor, coronavirus parties, frontline workers, a no-sneezing policy, the bubble concept, older adults, crowds, urban infrastructure, a speakeasy, and Rip Van Winkle.

Link Log Roundup for May 5, 2020

In this edition: language, the safety net, clinical trials, raw onions, Pushkin, mutation, genetic superiority, soap-box racing, zip codes, music venues, density, public space, the New Deal, and Amazon.

Link Log Roundup for May 4, 2020

In this edition: imagination, distractions, green zones, cowboys, dying wishes, environmental regulation, coronavirus models, restaurants, banned books, driving cross-country, three futures, pandemic maps, lacking tests, nationalism, a global pledge, mental health, naked bicyclists, presumptive cases, and books.

California, Oregon, and Washington have announced an agreement to coordinate their ongoing responses to the coronavirus crisis, prioritizing “health outcomes and science”. This comes on the heels of several northeastern states announcing a similar plan.

Modifications to our states’ stay at home orders must be made based off our understanding of the total health impacts of COVID-19, including: the direct impact of the disease on our communities; the health impact of measures introduced to control the spread in communities —particularly felt by those already experiencing social disadvantage prior to COVID-19; and our health care systems’ ability to ensure care for those who may become sick with COVID-19 and other conditions. This effort will be guided by data. We need to see a decline in the rate of spread of the virus before large-scale reopening, and we will be working in coordination to identify the best metrics to guide this.