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Didn't see this one coming. Sopranos 73 has a commentary about the familiarization of urban America, this urban trend of yupifying the inner-city, replacing locally run and businesses with ties to the community with trendy juice and coffee shops. Read this in the journal of Urban Studies sure...but in the Sopranos? Didn't see it coming. Very cool.

While I realize that urban planning and issues of urban "redevelopment/renewal" don't interest everyone I found this Sopranos especially interesting. Contrasting a racist old lady (above) of the neighborhood and a place that has live chickens laying eggs downtown with a mock Starbucks and Tony selling out to Jamba Juice.

Best line of the whole episode happens during the closing scene where Patsy and Burt visit Caputo's poultry store to collect the weekly take. Caputo informs them that Tony has sold the building to Jamba Juice. Patsy exits angrily. Outside he questions "What the f**k is happening to this neighborhood?" Classic stuff.

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nico said... @ 5/02/2006 02:19:00 AM

I'm not involved in the field at all, but I'm very interested in the fact that cities are becoming indistinguishable and that personality is being stripped out of towns in interest of the dollar.

It's sad really.

callmemickey said... @ 5/05/2006 09:19:00 PM

the sopranos are killing it this year.. great season so far..

as for the blahhing of cities and towns.. scary thought.. fortunately my town is keeping our main street real.. independent bank, coffee house, pizza parlor, irish bar, upscal restaurants, byobs and the token mcdonalds

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