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Black Sea
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De ce este România altfel? by Lucian Boia
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Changing Lives by Tunstall Tricia
" I'd give this book 3 stars for the writing but a jumping-out-of-my-seat, standing ovation 5 stars for subject matter and inspiration level.

I found this book really by accident. I work for the Department of Education and decided to google "best edu... " Read more of this review »
Singing from the Floor by J.P. Bean
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Singing from the Floor by J.P. Bean
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Gorgeous book! If you have read the magisterial Electric Eden and felt that it floated too far above the everyday experience of listening to, as well as making, music, and that Seasons They Change was a too-long mad ramble down every fascinating dive...more
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A city street equipped to handle strangers, and to make a safety asset, in itself, our of the presence of strangers, as the streets of successful city neighborhoods always do, must have three main qualities:

First, there must be a clear demarcation between what is public space and what is private space. Public and private spaces cannot ooze into each other as they do typically in suburban settings or in projects.

Second, there must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street equipped to handle strangers and to insure the safety of both residents and strangers, must be oriented to the street. They cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind.

And third, the sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously, both to add to the number of effective eyes on the street and to induce the people in buildings along the street to watch the sidewalks in sufficient numbers. Nobody enjoys sitting on...more
Jane Jacobs
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"Thanks Mike! Re EU I mean it appears that P&Y were negotiating deceitfully with the "escape" plan in mind all along, hence "outsmarted." The EU ag...more "
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Black Sea by Neal Ascherson
Black Sea
by Neal Ascherson
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One of those deep-thought-provoking books that you might want to get round to reading one day, that day when you want to meditate on the origins of European Civilisations and the "Other' by which it was shaped. That day would be right now in March 20...more
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Nature Cure by Richard Mabey
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Jane Jacobs
“A city street equipped to handle strangers, and to make a safety asset, in itself, our of the presence of strangers, as the streets of successful city neighborhoods always do, must have three main qualities:

First, there must be a clear demarcation between what is public space and what is private space. Public and private spaces cannot ooze into each other as they do typically in suburban settings or in projects.

Second, there must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street equipped to handle strangers and to insure the safety of both residents and strangers, must be oriented to the street. They cannot turn their backs or blank sides on it and leave it blind.

And third, the sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously, both to add to the number of effective eyes on the street and to induce the people in buildings along the street to watch the sidewalks in sufficient numbers. Nobody enjoys sitting on a stoop or looking out a window at an empty street. Almost nobody does such a thing. Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on, by watching street activity.”
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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