#Urbanist goodreads remind you to leave crystal skulls where you find them

This week we find out what happens after white flight, take a look at a photo essay twenty years in the making, learn not to disturb crystal skulls when we find them, check out the power of streetcars to spur development and investment, and watch murals in New Bohemia and Czech Village get painted. The City That Split In Two – The Awl “If we’re going to talk about “white flight,” we should understand what we’re talking about. Generally, when people use that term, they think of it as white citizens who choose not to live in proximity to black citizens. But the part of white flight that has been most damaging to Gary is that we have been colonized, in much the same way many African countries were by the British and the French. The latest estimate that I’ve seen is that our police department is close to sixty percent policemen who live outside of Gary, and most of them are white. They are the ones who are supposed to protect and serve the people of Gary.” Mayor Richard Hatcher was elected the first black Mayor of Gary, Indiana in 1968. His election caused an exodus of white people from Gary. What happened next? Buying the Farm, Building a Subdivision – Lens Blog “Scott Strazzante thought he had a quick newspaper assignment photographing a farm in suburban Chicago. Instead, he spent the next 20 years documenting life there and on the suburban subdivision that replaced it. His new book, “Common Ground” (PSG), pairs an elderly couple’s everyday routines on the farm with strikingly similar images of a young…