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They also need to recognize the multiple benefits that a broken place can hold.The Los Angeles River has become the center of a revival movement as Angelenos have come to see it as more than a means to control floods or a place to dump trash.

They also need to recognize the multiple benefits that a broken place can hold.The Los Angeles River has become the center of a revival movement as Angelenos have come to see it as more than a means to control floods or a place to dump trash.

They figured out that painting walls a maroon color would cover the statins of betel nut spit without provoking tensions among India’s different ethnic groups, which consider maroon a neutral color.

The anonymous professionals and volunteers behind The Ugly Indian are structural and social architects—not of Gehry’s stature and not public figures like Mac Adams—but architects nevertheless.

It doesn’t take a star to convert trashed-out places to community spaces.

But it does take people with all kinds of talents who can figure out how to work together to reclaim broken places.

The woman behind the counter disappeared and returned with an angry Doberman.

Understanding that the woman did not quite value him as a possible sale, ...Local activists had converted the parking lot into a community garden. The children had built a greenhouse in the garden, heated by compost generated from orange pulp, banana peels, and other waste they collected from a nearby juice bar.On the other side of the garden was a mosque, whose Bangladeshi worshippers in kurtas tended to beds of amaranth, pigeon peas, marigold, and coriander.And since housemaids are part of the community (in India, housekeeping help is common in most households), having them participate creates more respect among neighbors in keeping the public spaces clean over the long-term.All spotfixes—some of which are strategically located near the homes of film and cricket stars—post “before” and “after” photos on Facebook, thus taking advantage of India’s fascination with social media, Bollywood, and British sports.Staples discovery of this comes during a late-night encounter.A young white female, whom Staples labels "my first victim" (197), was walking down the street in front of Staples and was not comfortable with the space he provided for her."I had no way of proving who I was," Staples writes."I could only move briskly toward the company of someone who knew me." (106) While writing for a Chicago paper, Staples walked into a jewelry store in another well-off part of town, and encountered another situation where his skin color came into play.Apparently, this woman figured that if a black man did find himself in this part of town, he was most likely up to something.Not wanting any trouble, she decided to get out of harm's way.

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