Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Magical Urbanism

About a week ago, I was browsing at a Half Price Books and came across Mike Davis' Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the U.S. City (2001 edition). It practically fell on me -- a good reminder that serendipity works particularly well in a "bricks and mortar" space like an actual bookstore. 

Top Ten Latino/Hispanic Cities in the USA

The main focus of Magical Urbanism is on socio-economic impact and cultural interaction, specifically the "Latinization" of the USA. Davis delves into how cities have shifted rapidly over time with kaleidoscopic changes in labor, food, architecture, transportation and politics, and he provides additional insights about border militarization, among other things, especially moving into the 21st century. Fascinating and more pertinent now than ever.

% Growth in Latino/Hispanic Population, ca. 2000-2009.

Today's Rune: Signals.  Maps based on Census data via the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Population Reference Bureau.   

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