Michelle Montenegro

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Was Robert Moses the Original Donald Trump?

Where past and present converge is in Moses' startlingly impolitic public statements about his own work and callous indifference to the people …

These latina creators are proudly asserting their identity through their art

With countless e-commerce initiatives and rapidly blooming brands, we lose track of many significant creators. No worries, we are here to help! We …

James Baldwin's Queerness Was Inseparable from His Blackness

Though 'I Am Not Your Negro' doesn't address Baldwin's homosexuality, it was integral to his political philosophy in ways that can give us hope today.<p>What does it mean "to discover the country which is your birthplace, to which you owe your life and your identity, has not, in its whole system of …

Why You’re Not Losing Weight

Despite what we’ve long been told, and the pervasive amount of food- and fat-shaming in our culture, the number on the scale isn’t always a simple …

Costa Rica sues Nicaragua over alleged territory violation | Reuters

SAN JOSE (Reuters) - Costa Rica’s government said on Monday it has filed a complaint against Nicaragua at the International Court of Justice for establishing a military post on its territory, heightening the risk of renewed tensions between the two nations.<p>Costa Rican foreign minister Manuel …

Barack Obama was the ‘deporter-in-chief’, but activists are expanding methods and spreading information as fears grow that Donald Trump will be even harsher<p>If and when Donald Trump’s administration executes on his deportation strategy, immigration advocates are starting to formulate a plan.<p>The …

Immigration

20 Of The Strangest Houses In The World That’ll Make You Go WTF

Everyone has a different way of expressing themselves. Some choose art forms like music and dancing, others like to write poems and prose. However, …

This 'Black Harry Potter' rap is going viral because, well, just watch it

In the six+ years since the final <i>Harry Potter</i> film was released, there's been no shortage of songs, parodies and skits made about J.K. Rowling's …

Harry Potter

Compact house in Mexico City makes the most of a 380-square-foot lot

A graphic black-and-white facade hints at the home’s minimalist interior<p>Built with a footprint measuring just 35.64 square meters (about 383 square feet), the Xomali House in Mexico City contains a series of modern, storage-concealing spaces spread across three floors. Designed by local firm DMP …

Mexico City

Cities have long been the backbone of the Democratic party, and rural regions the heartland of Republicanism – yet Donald Trump’s election has exposed these divides like never before. Will US metropolises increasingly turn into city-states?<p>Sitting in a downtown Cleveland coffee shop in early …

Urbanism

Incredible rooftop farm takes over Israel’s oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables

An amazing farm has sprouted in an unlikely place—the rooftop of Israel’s oldest mall in the heart of Tel Aviv. Hidden between high-rises, “Green in …

Uber’s new tool gives cities a mind-bogglingly detailed view of traffic patterns

Courtesy of Project Metropolis<p>Today, Uber launched a new tool for mapping travel times, powered by the company’s vast store of ride data. Called Movement, the site allows users to measure travel times between various parts of a city, tracking how those trips get faster or slower over time. …

Anne Hidalgo says she wants to cut the number of private cars in French capital by half as part of campaign to tackle pollution<p>The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has unveiled plans to restrict traffic in the French capital and pedestrianise the city centre in an attempt to halve the number of …

How Trump should spend $1 trillion on America's infrastructure, according to architects and urban planners

Released in October, Trump's infrastructure plan outlines his administration's policy wishes for things like water systems and transportation for the next four years.<p>If approved by Congress, it will be the largest infrastructure package in a decade.<p>Trump budgets $1 trillion largely for highway, …

Would Trump's Infrastructure Plan Fix America's Cities?

Public-works projects have historically improved urbanites’ access to opportunity and quality of life. But they've also helped the privileged at the expense of the marginalized.<p>Throughout his campaign, and again in the wake of his victory, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to rebuild America’s …

Urban Design

Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

At first glance, food policy seems to be an afterthought in the Trump administration. The campaign saw few debates about food or farming. And the president-elect hasn't yet nominated someone to head the Department of Agriculture or the Food and Drug Administration.<p>But Donald Trump's lack of …

Learning To Feel

“Hi, how are you?” the barista asks me, just as she asked the 20 people who ordered before me. I work at a Starbucks on campus, so I’ve been in her …

Bring on the street vendors: They'll make L.A. a better walking city

City officials are at long last moving forward with plans to make street vending lawful in Los Angeles. It's simply perverse to make criminals out of the entrepreneurial poor, so this advance in economic liberty is worthwhile as an end in itself. But there's a side benefit for all of us: More …

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

The Empire Is Us: The Politics of ‘Rogue One’

Warning: Spoilers ahead.<p>What happens when we become the empire?<p>In an early scene of <i>Rogue One</i>, the new Star Wars spinoff, we follow the protagonists Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor to the desert moon of Jedha. Walking through the streets, looking for a contact, Cassian perceptively comments, “This town …

The 7 Best Fantasy Books for the Holiday Season

Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday gift or want a story for yourself, here's fantasy that isn't grimdark.<p>Thanks to the popularity of</i> …

Books

The best architecture and design books of 2016

Calling all design-loving bookworms<p>‘Tis the season for curling up by a roaring fire (or a ten-hour video of a burning Yule log on Netflix, which is a thing). What better hearthside accessory than a good book?<p>We’ve rounded up 17 of the year’s best books about architecture and design—from the …

Books

These Are the 10 Best Documentaries of 2016

This past summer I spoke to the documentarian Joe Berlinger about his Netflix film <i>Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru</i>, which dropped in on the self-help star during his annual “Date With Destiny” lecture series.<p>Berlinger’s film didn’t quite rise to best-of-year status, but its director had some …

Los Angeles

Exploring The References, Callbacks, And Homages To The ‘Star Wars’ Universe In ‘Rogue One’

After last year’s <i>The Force Awakens</i> continued the ongoing story of the Skywalker family and their role shaping a far away galaxy, this year’s entry, <i>Rogue One,</i> is the first of many standalone films planned for the <i>Star Wars</i> franchise since Disney’s purchased it back in 2012. (Read our takes here and …

A Hobbit-style apartment building rises in Japan

Green roofs for days<p>If hobbit homes were conceived as apartment complexes, they’d look like this new project completed in Takamatsu, Japan by architect Keita Nagata. Built over two and a half years, the five-unit building follows the mountainside site’s hilly terrain, piling one residence over …

Architecture

Huge Arts District development along L.A. River races for approval; here's an early look

Another high-design megaproject is being pitched for the Arts District, this time right alongside the Los Angeles River.<p>The Gallo family, longtime owner of the Rancho Cold Storage facility on Mesquit Street, has teamed with rising-star Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and real estate firm V.E. …

Diego Luna shared an incredible message about why diversity is so important to “Star Wars”

The <i>Star Wars</i> series is making serious efforts to add more diversity to its cast, and it’s paying off.<p>Diego Luna, star of upcoming <i>Rogue One</i>, said it’s …

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

If you'd been in the shoes of these immigrants from Mexico, what would you have done?

When it comes to immigration, there's plenty of rhetoric, none of which is very illuminating.<p>And then there are stories.<p>I once met a volunteer who was directing traffic outside the school her children attended near Koreatown. We later talked at her cramped apartment about how she hustled to scratch …

Why Trump’s Use of the Words ‘Urban Renewal’ Is Scary for Cities

Two weeks before the election, Donald J. Trump delivered a speech in Charlotte, N.C., sketching his “New Deal for Black America.” It was a set of ideas promising greater school choice, safer communities, lower taxes and better infrastructure.<p>The four-page outline posted to his campaign website that …