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» On the Predominance of Cupcakes as a Cultural Form SAMPLE REALITY
One cannot help but observe the predominance of cupcakes in modern America. Why the cupcake, and why now, at this particular historical moment?

What the fuck is up with all the cupcakes?
scholarly_writing  culture  cupcakes  via:lukeneff 
july 2012 by robertogreco
Gangs and Cupcakes: Violence and Sugar Go Together - Nicola Twilley - Life - The Atlantic
"map, created by UC Berkeley undergrad Danya Al-Saleh, overlays bakeries in the Mission district of San Francisco w/ Norteño & Sureño gang territory.<br />
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As Al-Saleh writes, cupcakes & gangs, violence & sugar, "are perceived to exist in separate worlds." And yet, as the Mission Local blog reports, a recent homicide, followed swiftly by a lunchtime gunfight, "offered Mission District residents a reminder that the hip neighbourhood where they feast on everything from the latest doughnut recipe to cupcakes & artisan pork rinds is also a place where gang violence still exists, & where a 2007 gang injunction is still in place."<br />
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I have written about the insights to be gained from a spatial analysis of cupcake proliferation before, on Edible Geography, in a post inspired by Rutgers Urban Policy lecturer Dr. Kathe Newman's theory that "cupcake shops can provide a more accurate and timely guide to the frontiers of urban gentrification than traditional demographic & real estate data sets"
culture  geography  food  violence  sanfrancisco  cupcakes  gangs  maps  mapping  gentrification  missiondistrict  2011  ediblegeography  themission 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Why The Next Big Pop-Culture Wave After Cupcakes Might Be Libraries : NPR
"I don't know whether it's going to come in the form of a more successful movie franchise about librarians than that TV thing Noah Wyle does, or a basic-cable drama about a crime-fighting librarian (kinda like the one in the comic Rex Libris), or that reality show I was speculating about, but mark my words, once you've got Old Spicy on your side and you can sell a couple of YouTube parodies in a couple of months, you're standing on the edge of your pop-culture moment. Librarians: prepare."
trends  culture  cupcakes  librarians  libraries  marketing  npr  future  thingstohopefor 
july 2010 by robertogreco
David Galbraith’s Blog » Blog Archive » The top 10 things that defined ‘the noughties’, by category.
"The next decade is going to suck, but it might produce some great art.

Goodbye to cupcakes, and X-factor and Paris Hilton and Dubai tower blocks, and all that."
davidgalbraith  lists  culture  2000s  art  society  architecture  design  tv  television  film  music  food  cupcakes  celebrity  books  reading  stevejobs  flickr  vimeo  internet  web  thewire  errolmorris  thefogofwar  damienhirst  globalwarming  collapse  finance  sustainability  growth  via:blackbeltjones 
december 2009 by robertogreco
Cupcake Gentrification
"Now, according to Dr. Kathe Newman, a lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, it turns out that a spatial analysis of cupcake proliferation could also reveal the flow of capital investment in cities.

In an interview with, Dr. Newman explained that she is currently building a collaboratively sourced map of New York City’s cupcake shops. In September 2009, Dr. Newman and her students will use this map to embark on a “Tour de Cupcake” – a fieldwork (and tasting) exercise designed to test her theory that cupcake shops can provide a more accurate and timely guide to the frontiers of urban gentrification than traditional demographic and real estate data sets. Finally, she intends to submit a paper summarising her findings to the Urban Affairs Review."
cartography  maps  mapping  gentrification  newyork  cities  urban  urbanplanning  economics  culture  geography  food  cupcakes  losangeles 
september 2009 by robertogreco

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