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Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them? - Vox
Look at the before/after satellite view of Minneapolis (w/ slider)
car  sociology  history  inequalities 
18 hours ago by oripsolob
The Chicago Housing Authority’s sleeping giant | Feature | Chicago Reader
But public housing is no longer the primary means by which the CHA provides housing assistance to low-income families. The vast majority of the people on its rolls are voucher holders living in the private rental market. Following decades of bad planning and institutional neglect, which earned Chicago's public housing complexes a reputation for being the country's worst "vertical ghettos," the Plan for Transformation sought to remake the city's subsidized housing landscape both physically and politically. Most high-rise public housing was demolished and Section 8 subsidies were expanded; the shift reflected national policy trends spurred by the view that local governments just weren't capable of being good landlords for the poor. Beginning in the 1990s, policymakers increasingly argued that the physical design of public housing (rather than segregationist politics or inept bureaucratic administration) had led to residents becoming a disenfranchised underclass in most American cities. Vouchers were seen as a way to roll back government involvement in the housing market and reconnect low-income households to the existing institutions of their cities. The various consequences of the Plan for Transformation—from mass displacement to entrenched segregation to the rise of private companies profiteering off the voucher program—have been amply documented. But an additional ramification has been the erosion of organized tenant power.
housing  sociology  chicago 
yesterday by oripsolob
Einsame Menschen sterben früher - SPIEGEL ONLINE
without a friend (partner does not count), 4x likelihood to relapse and die - increase mortality - breast cancer patients.
public  health  crisis  mental  premature  ageing  death  inflammation  Depression  prevention  chronic  sick  population  disease  autoimmune  complex  loneliness  Einsamkeit  Gesellschaft  Society  Psychology  Sociology  Wertegesellschaft 
yesterday by asterisk2a
How the Muslim World Lost the Freedom to Choose – Foreign Policy
Ispahani identifies four stages in Pakistan’s loss of minority rights and growing intolerance. The first stage was the “Muslimization” of society, with transfer of non-Muslim populations out of Pakistan around the time of independence, followed by the rise of an Islamic identity with the loss of East Pakistan. Then came the Islamization of laws under Zia-ul-Haq in the 1980s, and finally the rise of militant, organized violence.
pakistan  muslim-world  islam  islamic-culture  sociology  politics  history  fundamentalism 
2 days ago by ayamnotkambing
On Hoffer's The True Believer
How fanatics think and how mass movements evolve
psychology  sociology  politics 
2 days ago by magnusc
In Fermat’s Library, No Margin Is Too Narrow
academic shared peered review and global margin notes for a library.
peer  review  science  society  sociology  community  sharing 
3 days ago by tswaterman

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