2. Gentrification is the term used when adventuresome (usually the young) take it upon themselves to break away from the usual housing and neighborhood patterns and venture into old, stale, or even blighted areas and give new life and vitality to a formerly abandoned or neglected community. The trouble is, the nouveau riche come in later and drive up the prices and spoil it all for everybody. All you urban planners will find this interesting. The Lexington bureau has found this gem for you to read:
3. To prove the point that Syria presents the USA with difficult situation, here are two pieces on why it seems like a hopeless situation. Where there are those who think that the NSA intrusion into our lives is the big-ticket issue, I am of the opinion that we really do not have all the information as yet as to how big, how serious, and how invasive it is, because we do not know what the balance is between actual national security and lack of privacy has done to us. What I do find disturbing is that the president has placed himself into a real messy place, by his own doing, and not getting in front and leading. He has John McCain and Bill Clinton formulating foreign policy, and none of it works well for Obama: Here are two opinions which display the mess:
"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
-- Kurt Vonnegut