Archive for December, 2013

the feng shui of toledo

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/us/in-blue-collar-ohio-a-windfall-of-chinese-investments.html?_r=0

“They looked on a map, figured out where we were sitting and saw the benefit,” said Mayor Bell, a gregarious former University of Toledo defensive lineman, referring to Toledo’s location near a number of large cities in the United States and Canada. “They could see that this town needed to be helped a little bit and that it could be on the upswing — that there was potential, that they could do something, that it could be incredible and it would not probably take a whole lot to do.”

After their initial approaches — “Nobody had heard of Toledo,” Mr. Bell said — the city’s government and business leaders began pitching the feng shui of Toledo, where wind meets water. The city is a major transit hub, crossed by railways and highways, and has the busiest general cargo port in the Great Lakes region. Housing is affordable, and the abandoned factories, including those where windows, bottles and windshields were once made and shipped around the world, mean there is plenty of space.

“When you think about the U.S., you can’t just think about New York and L.A.,” Mr. Guo said recently as he sat in a conference room at the offices of his company, Five Lakes Global Group. “Don’t get me wrong, L.A. is fabulous. New York is great. But if you want to connect with American life, it’s Toledo.”

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mike tyson, philosophy, and love

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303932504579256390785052798

RT from everyone’s favorite philosopher, KimKierkegaard

a year later

From David Brooks’ Sidney recs: 

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/03/11/130311fa_fact_macfarquhar?currentPage=all

This is partly because he was young, and was changing, as most people change between the ages of fourteen and twenty-six.

to yale he goes

I remember being moved by the original article 2 years ago. Time flies!

http://mashable.com/2013/12/17/dorchester-boston-brothers-billy-baker-yale/

aziz, texting

Extra amused since dear friend Ji actually has a picture with Aziz (rather, a picture of Aziz holding her crying baby son):

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/16/opinion/the-documented-life.html?_r=1&

A 14-year-old boy reflects: “Don’t people know that sometimes you can just look out the window of a car and see the world go by and it is wonderful. You can think. People don’t know that.” 

run river north…again

For new readers, this page doubles as a Run River North/Jeremy Lin fanblog. (And I bet JLin has Run River North on his iPod…do people still use iPods?)

http://www.kcet.org/arts/artbound/counties/los-angeles/run-river-north-growing-up.html

live

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/06/opinion/brooks-the-irony-of-despair.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0