A tale of two cities: Detroit and East Berlin
January 5, 2010 Leave a comment
The Economist has always been a great weekly magazine for those who are interested in keeping up with what’s happening in the world. Now they’ve taken their coverage of the issues one step further by creating a section on their web site and a YouTube channel where you can watch a slideshow and listen to people from all walks of life sharing their thoughts and experiences.
They’ve uploaded a couple of good talks recently about urban life. The first is about Detroit residents who are doing some innovative things to breathe some life back into that city’s troubled urban core and restore a sense of neighbourhood in places everyone else seems to have given up on.
The second features a talk by former journalist Thomas Hoepker about his years spent as a westerner living in communist East Berlin, where residents found ways to survive in a city where nothing was spontaneous, spies from the East German state police — the notorious Stasi — were everywhere, and people carried “Perhaps Bags” that would allow them to scoop up anything exotic they might run across.