Another issue to consider is how much we want to break up neighborhoods and enclaves, as they allow minority groups to retain a unique culture that they can impart on their children and actually feel themselves to be the norm. Of course, this idea is hated by white Protestant ruling class because it disrupts its… » 5/16/14 5:16pm 5/16/14 5:16pm

That's marketing for you. When you start making people learn specialized terminology, it becomes a high involvement purchase rather than a price-dependent habitual purchase. Or maybe it raises differentiation. It's been six months since my professor used it as an example. This page given a nice rundown of the issue. » 5/16/14 4:32pm 5/16/14 4:32pm

The rewilder sounds like something useful for my current career track of environmental epi/biostatistics. Currently, the only option is to drive around the neighborhood in a lightly customized windowless van taking readings and telling children that you have candy and a puppy inside. » 5/16/14 8:33am 5/16/14 8:33am

Of course, you don't want to go the opposite way and make it so the character's background is only in the liner notes, as that's just checking off boxes without actually depicting minority experiences. The worst example of this is Ben Grimm in Marvel Comics, who is seen dressed as Santa on an annual basis, followed… » 5/16/14 11:23am 5/16/14 11:23am

His early stuff is actually really nice, and even his late stuff shows his knack for person-flow. The Guggenheim Bilbao, while wasting a lot of space, is really beautiful and lets you view the art without any intrusion by the building, while 360 Newbury Street is a really nice example of critical regionalism. Even… » 5/15/14 8:56pm 5/15/14 8:56pm