The Failed Paradise: Pruitt-Igoe
Intended as a paradise, Pruitt-Igoe is remembered today as America’s most notorious housing project. “Modern architecture died in St Louis, Missouri on July 15, 1972, at 3.32 pm,” wrote architecture critic Charles Jencks of the Pruitt-Igoe housing projects. Completed in 1954, the 33 11-story buildings replaced entire neighborhoods of slums in inner city St. Louis and were initially advertised by the St. Louis Housing Authority as a paradise of “bright new buildings with spacious grounds,” indoor plumbing, electric lights, fresh plastered walls, and other “conveniences expected in the 20th century.”
Federal money was funneled into the project, a product of a post-war public housing program intended to revitalize downtown St. Louis in the face of rising violence and white flight. It was to be Manhattan on the Mississippi, a cure for the urban poor, swapping slums for amenities and rebuilding the city — yet not 20 years later, the buildings would be imploded by dynamite, having become an icon of failure. What went wrong?
For the decline and what it taught us, keep reading The Failed Paradise: Pruitt-Igoe on Atlas Obscura…
Ladakh (meaning ‘land of the passes’) is a cold desert in the Northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is divided into the mainly Muslim Kargil district and the primarily Buddhist Leh district. The people of Ladakh have a rich folklore, some of which date back to the pre- Buddhist era.
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ARCHITECTURE IN MIDTOWN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
In the medley of Missouri’s architectural heritage may be seen a visible expression of the national groups which have formed her history. It is the sum of these styles rather than a single “Missourian” type that is the chief architectural interest of the region. Here is the “palisadoed” house of the early French, the half-timbered German house, the American log cabin in all its variety, and the formal Classic-Revival house.
—Missouri, a guide to the “Show Me” state (WPA, 1941)
Logging a report for Field Assignment #6: Architecture, Missourian Bobby Myers shows #AmericanGuideWeek the architecture of Midtown Kansas City:
Almost every type of prominent American architectural style can be found in this diverse, mixed-income area that stretches roughly from 31st Street on the north to 46th Street on the south, and runs from State Line Road on the west to The Paseo on the east. When I first moved into the area, I was immediately struck by the beauty and the variety of the homes and buildings here, and the block-to-block transitions from grandeur to grit and back.
Photos clockwise from top:
1. Colonnade apartment buildings generally have six units and are fairly unique to Kansas City. Before air conditioning, people often slept on the huge, open front porches. These apartment buildings are ubiquitous in the urban core.
2. Late 19th century Queen Anne Victorian in the Squier Park neighborhood that likely existed as a farmhouse before the city expanded southward.
3. American Craftsman home in Squier Park.
4. Kansas City Shirtwaist homes in Westport. This architectural style is also unique to Kansas City.
5. Arts-and-Crafts bungalow in South Hyde Park.
6. American Craftsman home in South Hyde Park.
7. Victorian-era home in Southmoreland.
8. Strange blue facade and Art Deco details at Harling’s near Westport Road and Main Street.
9. Troost Avenue is unfortunately seen as a demographic dividing line by many, though we all live in the same city. This interesting building recently started undergoing renovations, and I can’t wait to see what becomes of it.
10. The Katz Building on Main Street, once a pharmacy and now abandoned, is an isolated instance of Mid-Century Modern architecture in Midtown.
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Bobby Myers is a writer, explorer, and student born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Here, following a brief absence, he still resides, discovering new wonders each day. Follow on Tumblr, instagram and at the science-fiction webcomic, telepath-generation.com.
Time has picked the 13 “Gods of Food” for its November cover package, virtually ignoring the goddesses, and made it worse by excluding them in the accompanying graphic of culinary influences. Its editor Howard Chua-Eoan, in an interview with Eater:
Why are there no female chefs on the chef family tree?
"Well I think it reflects one very harsh reality of the current chefs’ world, which unfortunately has been true for years: it’s still a boys club… And when you look at this chart it’s very clear. It’s all men because men still take care of themselves. The women really need someone — if not men, themselves actually — to sort of take care of each other."
Why did you decide not to include any female chefs among your Gods of Food?
"[N]one of them have a restaurant that we believe matches the breadth and size and basically empire of some of these men that we picked. They have the reputation and all that and it’s an unfortunate thing."
“I don’t make the sad news; I just reflect it, like a mirror.”
From a NYT discussion: Why Do Female Chefs Get Overlooked?
“No women chefs among the magazine’s Gods of Food? Outrageous but accurate and, for that matter, obvious. …The relevant issue is why women do not move up in the kitchens of major restaurants… I suspect it’s due to restaurant kitchens’ militaristic command structure, and women tend not to thrive in such situations. (Don’t get me wrong; they’re not doing so well in other fields, either —- only two of the 10 most important ballet companies in the world are led by women.)
Excessive manliness is widespread in restaurant kitchens. … Female cooks have always been treated appallingly. Include sexual harassment — more verbal than physical — in the list of transgressions. So it’s no surprise that relatively few have even entered the business, much less gotten to the top.”
"Press coverage matters. David Chang, one of Time’s cover boys, would not be where he is today if he had not received an enormous amount of glowing and supportive press early in his career. …
Some people might assume that if the press isn’t giving more coverage to women then it’s because there aren’t enough female chefs who deserve the coverage. I would suggest that if you think the word “deserve” has anything to do with who gets press coverage then you don’t know anything about the real world. …
When Alain Ducasse opened his first restaurant in New York City, The Los Angeles Times wrote that he was the only chef in the history of Michelin to have six Michelin stars. Several other articles echoed this misinformation. The fact is, Eugénie Brazier, a woman, earned six Michelin stars all the way back in 1933. So it would help if more journalists knew the history of the field they’re covering.”
"[W]hat does the supremely intelligent and thoughtful Thomas Keller think of being on a list that excludes his influential female colleagues? How ashamed is David Chang to have allowed his beautiful talented face to appear on the cover to represent the club that starves, or at least underfeeds, his sisters?”
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Each year, an estimated 35,000 elephants are lost to poaching. In Africa alone, the elephant population has been reduced to less than half its size in 30 years as poachers seek to harvest their tusks to support illegal ivory trade. If unstopped, this rate could lead to extinction within the next 10 years.
In Nairobi, Kenya, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (@dswt) has established the Orphan’s Project. At their conservation refuge, volunteers take in and raise baby and adolescent elephants that have been orphaned after their parents have been poached. To date, the project has successfully recovered and raised over 150 orphaned elephants and reintroduced them successfully into the wild.
The Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai provides similar refuge for Asian elephants. The organization rescues distressed elephants—elephants who have been abused by handlers or subject to damaging work conditions—and rehabilitates them within their sanctuary. They also stand as an important ecotourism destination where tourists and volunteers can come to interact with and learn about wildlife in responsible, constructive ways.
To learn more about the elephant crisis and how you can help, check out the following organizations: