A mural in Astoria, Queens, New York City

The Subtle Power of Outdoor Seating

Outdoor Seating as Public Space Outdoor seating. The name connotes images of khaki clad brunch goers. It’s coveted by white women in sundresses, privileged real estate for post-work happy hours. When the months grow warmer, people flock to restaurants and cafés that offer the possibility to eat outside. It offers a way of actively interacting with the space around you while enjoying something you’ve had … Continue reading The Subtle Power of Outdoor Seating

Super bowl Sunday's "Avocados from Mexico"

The U.S.’s Super Bowl size appetite for guac, dire consequences for Mexico

This Super Bowl a Sunday, a typically moronic advertisement designed to sell Americans just one of the many products we mindlessly vye for, aired showing humans competing like literal dogs to eat products made from Mexican avocados. In The advertisement, humans groomed to look like “pure breds” compete for the “ultimate prize,” Mexican avocados. Mexico, specifically the Mexican state of Michoacan, produces more avocados than … Continue reading The U.S.’s Super Bowl size appetite for guac, dire consequences for Mexico

Recycle for a Free Subway Ride

Originally posted on Suzanne's Mom's Blog:
Photo: Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality The new Istanbul subway machines add credit to your subway cards while crushing, shredding, and sorting your recyclables. Creating a more sustainable world doesn’t have to be painful for the individual or expensive for government. In Turkey, a city government wanted people to recycle more, and so it got the idea of rewarding… Continue reading Recycle for a Free Subway Ride