Tag Archives: Black Friday

American exurbs are dying, is America?

U-M professor of urban planning Christopher B. Leinberger had an interesting op-ed a few days ago in the New York Times on the death of the fringe suburb in America. Here’s a clip. …By now, nearly five years after the housing crash, most Americans understand that a mortgage meltdown was the catalyst for the Great […]

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On not getting punched in the nose for the Occupation on Black Friday

A couple of days ago, AnnArbor.com ran a story about the Occupy actions planned for Black Friday. I was quoted in the piece, as I’d announced that my friend Jeff and I would be walking around Ypsi with signs, in solidarity with the folks in Ann Arbor and Detroit, who were going into big box […]

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Occupy Ann Arbor mic checks Wal-Mart on Black Friday

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Feeding the consumerbots a holiday meal of pepper spray

Last night, I wrote something here on the site about the various Black Friday-related Occupy actions planned for today. At the time, it occurred to me that, if protesters really wanted to convey to people what’s at stake at this moment in American history, as they wait all night outside of stores like Best Buy, […]

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Occupy Black Friday actions planned in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit

I’m torn on the concept of Buy Nothing Day. I love the idea of taking a day to remind ourselves that there’s more to life than blind consumption, but, at the same time, I sympathize with our small, locally owned retailers, who could really use the business. At any rate, I thought that I should […]

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