Urban slums as the latest dining/nightclub experience- Myan Melendez

http://www.favelachic.com/paris/

The saunalike dance floor of this Brazilian festa is always packed with an under-40 crowd grinding to bossa jazz and samba rap. They make some of the best mojitos in town here, and if you get bored its entrance literally faces the door to le Gibus, another fine dancing destination. A favela, incidentally, means “slum” in Brazilian Portuguese. Open Tuesday to Thursday 8pm to 2am.

Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/paris/N28417.html#ixzz1bfQtI9L9

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Complete Streets Movement- Myan Melendez

“The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.

 

Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.

Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.”

A Computer Generated Image of what a Complete Street Looks like

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Gay Nights/Ladies Nights + Gay Clubs/Gender Exclusive Clubs and Lounges: Shabbily Disguised Discrimination or Safe Spaces? – Myan Melendez

Ladie's Night Club Promotion

 

Promotional Poster for "Boys Night Out"


Quote Taken from http://phillygaycalendar.com/pages/venue.php?id=4 :Although it’s not a gay club, Shampoo does feature a gay night every Friday. Shaft Fridays are 18 to enter, 21 to drink, and run from 9pm until 2am (no cover before 11pm).

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62369691399

An Excerpt taken from REFUSED ENTRY TO G-A-Y AND HEAVEN FOR LOOKING TOO STRAIGHT? Facebook Group:

“Wrong!!! As many of you may have experienced being turned away for not looking like ‘regular’s or being ‘members’…what they mean is YOU DON’T LOOK GAY ENOUGH!!! Sounds crazy right? But unfortunately it’s very true and happening far too often!

They are justifying it by calling it a lesbian and gay majority policy but isn’t this another form of discrimination? Does this mean that all the other clubs have straight majority policies? Or that I could get turned away from Tiger Tiger for looking too much like a lesbian??!!

I understand that you don’t want a gay club filled with all straight people but I thought gay clubs were meant to be gay friendly not gay exclusive?? I’m a gay woman, I’ve been turned away at both venue’s on occasion simply because I didn’t look dykie enough that night, what do you want me to do snog a girl in front of you to prove it? lol Or maybe get a gay card I.D perhaps, it’s totally ridiculous!! I like to wear dresses and heels sometimes, other times I like my baggy jeans and a t- shirt…so what’s the problem!!!

I think their policy is dumb and ruins a lot of people’s nights out, if you get turned away and you are in fact gay you feel cheated and angry because you have been judged. Gay people spend enough of their lives being judged by other people, why should they have to deal with it on a night out as well?”

New York ruling continues debate over fairness of ladies’ night

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/09/new_york_ruling_continues_deba.html

Women-only health clubs gain popularity, draw controversy

http://archives.cnn.com/2000/HEALTH/diet.fitness/05/31/women.only.wmd/

vs.

“Gentlemen’s Clubs” of Yore:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentlemen’s_club

 

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#OccupytheHood: Much Needed #OccupyWallstreet Spinoff?-Myan Melendez

http://www.facebook.com/OccupyTheHood

#OccupyTheHood Logo

#OccupytheHood Poster

Is Occupy Wall Street too White?

http://moneyland.time.com/2011/10/20/is-occupy-wall-street-too-white/

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Women only Trains in India’s Four Largest Cities, other cities follow suit- Myan Melendez

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/16/world/asia/16ladies.html?pagewanted=all

Women Only Trains in India

 

http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/japans-anti-groping-women-only-train-cars.html

Women only Trains in Tokyo

 

The trend of “upskirting” on public transportation

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upskirt#Japan

Anti-Pervert Panties Prevent Successful Upskirting

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/magazine/15-08/st_jsgw#_blank

Actual Japanese Anti-Upskirting Poster

Anti-Groping Cell Phone Software Help Women on Crowded Trains in Japan

http://www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=65907

 

 

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Zuccotti Park Before and After (During) #OccupyWallstreet- Myan Melendez

Zuccotti Park at Night circa November 2008

 

Zuccotti Park Occupied

 

Double Check or Everyman Statue in Zuccotti Park

This site has a really great article on Zuccotti Park when it was first redesigned as such after 9/11.

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2006/06/01/curbed_field_trip_zuccotti_park_on_liberty_street.php#more

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Rats and Pigeons…Standards of Urban Wildlife or Rampant Pests?- Myan Melendez

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/25/giant-rat-at-brooklyns-ma_n_937316.html

 

 

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