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Vienna
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Heumarkt
Vienna has traded their skyline to improve the Wiener Eislaufverein and other public spaces in the area. But at what cost?In this proud old city, the prospect of tearing down a familiar landmark for a high gloss commercial development feels a bit like your mother getting a facelift: Must you? Really?On the Heumarkt Project, a new high-rise hotel and luxury apartment complex...
womens clothing
The politics of women’s clothing in advertising A double billboard fills the end wall of an apartment house just off the Karmelitermarkt in Vienna’s 2nd district, heralding the beginning of summer with luscious posters of fruit smoothies and Italian beach wear. Ads always make things look good: Juicy berries and pineapple fitted with bending straws, stylish swimsuits painted onto the...
solar eclipse
“It’s difficult to make predictions,” the great Danish physicist Niels Bohr liked to say, “especially about the future” – a proverb that captured quite elegantly the gap between what is real and what we can prove. So Bohr hung a horseshoe over his door for luck.As the evidence of climate change piles up all around us, the remaining cosmic truths can...
green party
With the Greens absorbed in internecine warfare, the prospects for a progressive left agenda look increasingly dimWith just a month until the parliamentary elections, the Greens are in disarray.Since the first of the year, their support has dropped by half in public polling. In May, they exchanged one unpopular leader for another, swapping out Eva Glawischnig for EU parliamentarian...
unplugging
Summer in the mountains is a world apart: Here, the air is thick with smells of moist earth, acacia and wild honeysuckle. On a cloudless day, the light is clear and shimmering, the night sky a cascade of stars. There is no ambient urban glow, no hum of passing traffic. Instead, the background is a warble of finches and yellow...
Sebastian Kurz
On Saturday, July 1st, in a muted and highly uncontested leadership election in Linz, Austria, 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz secured 98.7 percent of the vote to head the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) before October’s elections.A mere three days later, the headlines surrounding Kurz were far less flattering. A scandal surrounding a study on religious kindergartens was added to whispers of...
An unelected Prime Minister seeks a public mandate for leadership and her Brexit strategy.A big election year for Europe just got bigger. With France’s upcoming presidential election becoming a nail-biter and Germans preparing to vote in September, British Prime Minister Theresa May has now called a snap election for June 8. The outcome will have far-reaching implications not only...
vienna tourism
With visitor numbers at an all time high, the Vienna Tourist Board rethinks the City’s image.Locals may not have noticed, but Vienna’s got a new line: in October 2016, the official slogan touting the Austrian capital’s fabulousness rather quietly went from “Vienna: Now or Never” to “Vienna: Now. Forever.”Interesting. In place as long as I’ve been coming to this fine...
trams
Push the button, climb the high steps and plop yourself down on a polished wooden seat. The seat’s design has an inward slope, so with every twist and turn you slide back or to the side. The ticket validating machines make a funny noise when there’s a bump on the rails, and the signal bell clangs every so often...
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