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you can go home again

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(Syracuse, NY) I’m in the city where I was born and raised but haven’t resided in 33 years.  One result of this kind of visit is to make the intervening years fold away like a picture book … Continue reading

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changes in how we talk about cities

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8At a meeting at a community organization in Boston, we were using various terms to describe local issues and observing that those phrases would not be clear to the people we were talking about–especially new immigrants. That … Continue reading

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Ukraine means borderland

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This isn’t a travel blog, and my photos aren’t very good, but here are some images that hint at Ukraine’s history as a borderland (which is its very meaning). For instance, a minbar (the staircase a preacher … Continue reading

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Dubai, Uganda, and today’s global political economy

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15My family and I are just back from visiting our daughter, who works in Uganda, with a two-day stop in Dubai, where there’s a change of flights en route from Boston to Entebbe. We chose these destinations for … Continue reading

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a welcome talk for college interns newly arrived in Washington

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’d like to welcome you to Washington. I’d also like to welcome you to DC. To my ear, “Washington” means the official city, the nation’s capital, the seat of power. It’s also the destination for about 20 … Continue reading

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roots of crime

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8Since May, I have been able to spend time in two of the world’s biggest metropolises, Istanbul and Mexico City. They are similar in several ways beside their vastness. Each is the leading city of a substantial and … Continue reading

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Boston, recovering city

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(On the train to NYC) It’s my sense that the second half of the 20th century was hard on America’s oldest city, but Boston is recovering from the wounds it sustained then. Boston entered the 1900s as … Continue reading

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Detroit and the temptation of ruin

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In Detroit, they call it “Ruin Porn”: images of a 35-acre abandoned automotive plant, the 18-story abandoned railway station (modeled, in turn, on ancient Roman baths), and other vast and decayed structures. I can certainly understand why … Continue reading

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Israel, day 2

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Jerusalem) I am here on a political study tour; our main business is a large number of meetings with experts and representatives of various sectors of Israeli and Palestinian society. I won’t try to narrate the whole … Continue reading

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Cincinnati

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am stuck after nearly a week’s travel because the hurricane has canceled my flights homeward. But Cincinnati is a handsome and impressive place in which to be stranded. I am staying in the Netherland Plaza, an … Continue reading

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