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April 27th, 2010:

Signs of progress [photos]

I know a lot of Americans love their dogs, but I am not one of them. They smell bad. They are a lot of work. They are expensive and they tend to bark and bite. Plus, the small ones have always seemed a little Parisian to me. If I could ban all dogs I would do it in a heartbeat. Absent that, I cherish new regulations they keep neighborhoods and public spaces free of the four-legged menace.

Naturally, I was happy to see this sign at New York’s Hudson River Park.

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Signs of demise [photos]

De-industrialization leaves a lot of scars: shuttered factories, broken communities and a general sense of hopelessness. But the one I hadn’t anticipated—and found particularly troubling—is when all-night diners are forced to scale back their hours because the plant closed and the customer based dried up. Apparently the spread of 24-hour technology is not¬†irreversible¬†after all.

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It's not open 24-hours anymore, just blank hours....

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