Updates on the City and the Country

blog_urbanThis May marked the two-year anniversary of the point at which scientists estimated that the world’s population became more urban than rural for the first time in history: Fittingly, the current issue of Triple Canopy* is dedicated entirely to the examination of cities — from Portland, Maine, to Caracas — and how we interact with and in them, particularly after economic collapse; today’s New York Times takes a look at how the recession has crippled the organic milk industry as shoppers turn to cheaper groceries, thus threatening to snuff out yet another rural American industry; meanwhile, CounterPunch offers some down-home wisdom (and hilarity) as it collects opinions from the “redneck” South regarding the first urban American president. (*STOP SMILING editor-at-large Alexander Provan is a founding editor of Triple Canopy.)