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Why have motorbike manufacturers not developed kits for transporting various cargo, 3 or more passengers, or surfboards? After spending 6 months in South Asia, I started to see the Honda motorbike like Amazon’s Web Services, or the Apple App Store. This photo is an ode to Hans Kemp’s great photography of “Bikes of Burden” in Vietnam — http://www.bikes-of-burden.com

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An elder on the island of Gilli Air in Indonesia watches his son fish the reef. His grandson plays with some of the other boys on the island on an old boat in the shallow water.

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The construction of the working boats on the Mekong reflects the scrappy ingenuity of the Vietnamese that build and operate them — Retro-fitted Toyota truck prop engines, re-used rubber tire fenders, bamboo pole and re-used industrial plastic/fabric canopies. No vessel is complete without painted eyes on the bow to ward off evil spirits. When we expressed interest into the purpose of the graphic marking, our captain explained and then asked “What do you paint on your boats to insure good luck?” Um … Silly boating logotypes and government licenses ?

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Kep, Cambodia was a stylish seaside resort for French colonialists in the mid 20th century. From the New York Times — “… the French colonialists established a beach retreat during their rule here in the first half of the 20th century. They built mansions on the hillsides to catch the gulf breezes, and as in Sihanoukville, the villas’ skeletal remains and shot-up facades are an eerie reminder of the past. …

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On Saturdays I sleep in, cook my wife brunch, and hike around San Francisco. My friend Adam showed me that hiking around the city can be just as meditative and entertaining as hiking some of the great trails in the Bay Area. We moved to Cole Valley in the spring, and so I’ve been exploring the surrounding neighborhoods for the past few months. Here are some places that have caught my attention.

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Fridays 4–9pm, San Francisco

San Francisco Public Works and the Market Street Association announce a new Night Market at United Nations Plaza every Friday from September 5 — October 24, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Night Market will feature food, fashion trucks, entertainment and arts/crafts to provide local workers, residents and visitors the ultimate urban evening experience. The Night Market is being produced to create a destination event while showcasing the plaza’s public space possibilities and historic grandeur.

When: Every Friday September 5 — October 24, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: United Nations Plaza, 8th and Market streets
What: Food – six to eight food trucks and stands
Drinks – beer, wine and cocktails
Vendors – fashion trucks, local Bay Area made artists/sellers and artisan food startups
Entertainment – live music, dancing, games and more
Activities – educational and hands-on workshops for all ages – interactive, community oriented and green (imagine making jewelry out of duct tape or designing a tote…

A fireside chat at Matter

Two years ago Corey Ford, the Managing Director at Matter, and I were introduced through Designer Fund and the d-school at Stanford. We ended up sharing a workspace at Hattery, and formed a friendship while working on the day to day challenges of our startups.

As Corey formed the Matter program, he asked me if I would share some insights from my fundraising experience with his first class. I agreed, and at the beginning of each Matter class to date, I have presented a candid account of my experiences as a first time founder. …

Question:
What would you love to see on the Lower East Side?

Festival-goers of the 2013 IDEAS CITY StreetFest, hosted by the New Museum in Lower Manhattan, were invited to share their ideas on what they’d like to see changed, improved, or otherwise altered in NYC.

IDEAS CITY explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work, and play.

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How can we make 6th street between Market and Stevenson safer in SF?

Question:
How can we create a safer 6th Street in Central Market?

Project:
Safer 6th Street is a collaboration between the SFMTA, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, SPUR, Twitter, and URBAN SPACEship to address the issue of safety in the 6th Street corridor. The coalition gathered input from the local community as to what can be done to create a safer area for residents, workers and passersby alike. The goal of the activation was to envision a vibrant area and help to prioritize treatments to the 6th Street design.

#Safer6th Street activation from Saturday, May…

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New Orleans Food Truck Coalition President Rachel Billow

How a small group of passionate New Orleanians helped change the city’s mobile vending laws.

Idea
We want food trucks in New Orleans.

Action
On July 25th, after a year-long Campaign by the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition, the New Orleans City Council passed legislation that adds more licenses for mobile vendors, expands locations, and allows for longer operating hours.

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Dan Parham

Head of Public Agency @Nextdoor, Co-founder @Neighborland

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