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Acting Out Gentrification: Theater as Community Engagement

Jul 08, 2014
// By Blair A. Ruble
Acting Out Gentrification: Theater as Community Engagement

Communities undergoing gentrification often fail to find ways to talk across the fault lines running among newcomers and old-timers.

Topics: Urban Studies

The Devil is a Local Call Away: Cities, the Arts, and Misunderstanding “Decay”

May 27, 2014
// By Blair A. Ruble

At the height of the Cold War, Soviet wags loved to tell ironic tales about their political leaders.  Communist Party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev inspired a number of particularly endearing stories which always somehow related to his being slightly at sea in the middle of world events swirling around him.  One such anikdot pitted the witless Brezhnev against a wily Richard Nixon.

Topics: Urban Studies

Innovation through Inclusion: Lessons from Medellín and Barcelona

May 27, 2014
// By Blair A. Ruble

For more than a century, Medellín has been known world-wide.  For Spanish-speaking members of the “Greatest Generation,” Medellín is where Argentine tango great Carlos Gardel, probably the most popular Latin singer of his generation, was martyred in a fiery crash at the local airport in 1935.  For “Boomers,” the city’s name is synonymous with the world’s most notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.  For so-called “Millenn

Topics: Urban Studies

Odessa: Ukrainian port that inspired big dreams

Apr 16, 2014
// By Blair A. Ruble

Tensions have been rising in many corners of Ukraine as the threat of a Russian intervention looms. Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa is one such corner of dispute between Moscow and Kiev, where macro-battles have been transformed into a seemingly endless chain of micro-conflicts.

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