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A View of the Rubble From Ninth Avenue
Yesterday, as I was coming into the men's locker room at the JCC after my second stint in the steam room -- I'm having a revival of respiratory distress -- I looked up at the television to see what looked like the results of a terrorist attack. The elderly gentleman standing beneath the set looked over at me and said, with a thick New York accent of the stereotypically Jewish sort, "Don't worry. It's only Minneapolis."

I immediately thought of Saul Steinberg's famous "map," which made a huge impression on as a child. Now I remember how much most Americans disliked New York before 9/11, back when it was just a notch above San Francisco on the antipathy scale. And I can also see why.

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From: e4q Date: August 3rd, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

guilty secret

i have a guilty news and geography secret, which you might get, being a bit of an anglophile.

there have been some pretty bad floods here, and the first lot were in hull, and the next lot were in tewkesbury. my serious sympathy went to those in hull, because *already* they live in hull. tewkesbury is pretty nice. i think there was more than one death which is bad, but it's middle class to posh, they will be insured.

hull. ew!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 3rd, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: guilty secret

Yes, Hull is close to as depressing as it gets. Newcastle-on-Tyne is also a downer. I guess Glasgow and Manchester have made great strides in bourgeoisification over the past decade.
From: e4q Date: August 3rd, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: new improved england

you'd be surprised, newcastle has had quite a shot in the arm architecturally and culturally. i haven't inspected these places closely but glasgow is going in that direction, has always had a trendy hub, but i think it is still struggling, although i saw an interesting thing on tv where they showed apartments that had been built as public housing with the tenants in on the design, which was quite good. but newcastle may win with it's 'baltic' art gallery, which is one of the non london tate galleries i believe. big public art galleries are a good thing, imo. as far as manchester goes, i think there are upwardly mobile areas but the shitty ones are quite entrenched. oddly, to me, nottingham has been in the news for gun crimes, but london soon stole their thunder, as teenagers have been shooting each other here, a pretty nasty business. but i think that young people have been pissed around and vilified and they need a bit of gentrification as a social group. i believe the long dead notion of youth clubs is now back on the table as an idea, and so it should be. i went to youth clubs, they were crap and in churches, but at least they existed.
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