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The City Desk on public radio’s “Smart City”

The City Desk on public radio’s “Smart City”

The new episode of Smart City™, a wonderful public radio program covering urbanism and city life, features a reading by Leonard Pierce of one of his pieces from The City Desk. It is even referred to as a “special treat.” But of course it is. We all knew this. So- listen on your local station…

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For Your Ears: Wasted Words

For Your Ears: Wasted Words

A new episode of the Wasted Words podcast is now available. It is hosted by your editor, RJ White, and the panel includes The City Desk contributors Shek Baker and Stephen Levinson. Thank you.

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A Brief Aside

Hello- here is a bit of non City-related news. As you may have heard, there is a writers strike currently on. This video, The Mighty Pencil (featuring titles by The City Desk graphics department), shows how you can support the writers of your favorite tele-vision programs. [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GggokNW-4c] Again, that address is pencils2mediamoguls.com. This strike is…

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The Shrouded City

The Shrouded City

Television dramatist Stirling Silliphant famously wrote that “there are eight million stories in the naked city.” Local author Burton Becker is out to prove that our city has a few million stories of its own, even if they are a bit more conservatively dressed. Becker has just published his fourth novel, Same Time Last Year,…

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Moving

For the next week or so, The City Desk will be taking a break, as we move into our new home office. In the meantime, why not enjoy some older pieces you may have missed? :: The Main Avenue Tramway :: Why it is called ‘Black Friday’ :: Christmastime in the City :: The Underground…

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A real fake city

For his film Playtime, director Jacques Tati built a fake city. [@ BLDGBLOG] During pre-production, “Tati visited many factories and airports throughout Europe before his cinematographer Jean Badal came to the conclusion that he needed to build his own skyscraper. Which is exactly what he did.” In fact, he built Tativille: an entire city inhabited…

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Administrative

Administrative

To whomever ended up here after searching Google for “facts about illiteracy,” I am deeply sorry. This post is of no help to you, whatsoever. If you ended up here after searching for “tetherball nazis,” you pretty much get what you deserve. Also, if anyone has any sites about urban history, city planning, etc. that…

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