- The greater New York metro, far and away America’s largest and richest, is projected to produce $1.4 trillion dollars in GMP in 2014. This makes it about the same size as Australia, equivalent the world’s 12th largest economy.
- L.A., projected to account for almost $830 billion in GMP, has a larger economy than that of the Netherlands, and would therefore number among the world’s top 20 economies.
- Chicago, with more than $610 billion in GMP, is about the same size as Switzerland and significantly bigger than Sweden.
- Houston, approaching $490 billion in economic output, is comparable to Poland or Taiwan.
- Greater Washington, D.C., with nearly $480 billion in GMP, and Dallas, with $460 billion, are larger than Austria and about on par with Argentina.
- Philadelphia and San Francisco, with about $400 billion in GMP each, are comparable to Thailand.
- Greater Boston, with $360 billion, is larger in economic size than Denmark, and produces slightly less than Colombia.
- Atlanta, with $320 billion in economic output, and Miami, with almost $300 billion, are comparable to Singapore and Malaysia.
- Seattle, with $280 billion in GMP, is comparable to Hong Kong or Chile.
- Detroit, with $220 billion in output, is projected to produce more than Ireland.
Each of these metros would rank among the 50 largest economies in the world.
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A man stands in a cemetery, reading a letter he wrote forgiving his long dead father. The mother of a girl killed by a drunk driver is racked with fantasies of retaliation. Your boyfriend begs you for one more chance. You say to your mirror you’re done hating yourself. But you know you’re not. Maybe instead of forgive and forget, it should be forgive and remember. Remember that you might have to wake up tomorrow and forgive all over again. And again, and again, the way your heart keeps beating like a drum. Forgive. I can’t. You can. Forgive. Forgive. I can’t. You can. Forgive. — Augustus Hill, Oz (via yourveryfleshshallbeagreatpoem)
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We love being the country that freed the slaves. We’re not so fond of being the country that had the biggest slave system on the planet. — Historian David Blight speaking with Terry Gross about the importance of commemorating those enslaved for generations in the United States. (via nprfreshair)
The Worn Marble Steps at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
ere’s an interior view of the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa you don’t typically see. Taken by Salena Lettera of The Daily Rant, we see the worn marble steps that lead to the top of the tower.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower whose tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. Completed in 1372 after 199 years of construction, the height of the tower is 55.86 metres (183.27 feet) from the ground on the low side and 56.67 metres (185.93 feet) on the high side.
Made of marble and stone, it is 296 steps to the top of the tower and there are seven total bells [source].
I love these steps. Especially the way the worn areas shift from side to side as you walk around the tower’s lean. The extreme wear is a testament to the longtime popularity of the tower.
But the tower, just like the adjacent baptistry and the facade of the cathedral, is designed to lean. While it does appear the foundation’s inadequacy led to mid-construction corrections in the actual amount of lean, the layout of the grounds reinforces the idea that visits were intended to be unusual, and even disorienting.
My favorite part of the site is the main approach to the cathedral, where, since the facade leans forward, it feels especially intimidating and gives an illusion of being closer than it actually is.
The cultural part happens when you mix those accidents of prehistoric geography with the movement of people through that same geography. The footprint of the fall line is roughly the same as the South’s so-called “black belt,” where upwards of 1 million enslaved Africans were brought to work on the area’s plantations. Many of those slaves came from West Africa, another place where geophagy was historically a part of the culture, again particularly among pregnant women.
Sadly — but not at all unexpectedly — kaolin became yet another manifestation of the South’s division and inequality among the races. White kaolin barons paid pittances for the mineral rights to land owned by countless African-American farm families along the fall line. Those same white people, when they encountered African-Americans who kept kaolin in their diets, didn’t see the continuation of a centuries-old cultural tradition. They just saw one more reason to believe their black neighbors were inferior. —
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I’ve heard about this for a long time, and heard about the cravings people can get for it, but only heard about it.
There is no escape. You can’t be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. — Hermann Hesse (via impetrate)
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