22 03 2009



Barbershop 2: Back In Business

1 10 2008

Based on the subject on gentrification of small business in urban communities!

USA (Studies: Gentrification a boost for everyone)

1 10 2008

A hot-button issue

Gentrification has spawned emotional disputes in cities around the nation:

• In northwest Fort Lauderdale, where streets are named for the district’s prominent old African-American families, three of four new home buyers are white, according to a survey by the Sun-Sentinel. City Commissioner Carlton Moore told the newspaper his largely black constituency fears displacement, even though he says it won’t happen.

• In the predominantly Latino working class barrio of East Austin, the new Pedernales Lofts condominiums have raised adjacent land values more than 50% since 2003. Last fall, someone hung signs from power lines outside the lofts saying, “Stop gentrifying the East Side” and “Will U give jobs to longtime residents of this neighborhood?”

• In Charlotte, a City Council committee voted in December to remove language from a city planning department report that downplayed gentrification’s threat to neighborhoods. Development could uproot some people, councilman John Tabor told the Charlotte Observer “If there are people in these neighborhoods who have to move because they can’t afford their taxes, that’s who I want to help,” he said.

• In Boston’s North End, the destruction of the noisy Central Artery elevated highway promises to attract younger, more affluent new residents and dilute the traditional Italian immigrant culture.

American Thinker Article

1 10 2008

Gentrification is Good for the Poor and Everyone Else

Professor Vigdor dismisses this obstructionist fantasy, calling it the “romanticized view [that] a neighborhood is where people are born, live their entire lives.” And the reality is that the Harlem for which people wistfully yearn is a community gone for some seventy or eighty years. It is not, thankfully, the Harlem of the 1990s when sociopathic teenagers strangled the community with crack use, crime, and thuggery. It is not the decade after the riots of the 1960s when over 100,000 Harlem residents fled for the suburbs. It is not the Harlem of massive housing projects, middle-class abandonment, and plummeting quality of services, resources, commerce, and lifestyle.

Is the gentrification of older cities, changing the model from housing for the poor to housing for middle- and upper-income groups, a good thing? Research shows it is, particularly since high concentrations of housing for the poor, a “monoculture of poverty,” serves as a permanent barrier to neighborhood growth. “Housing projects radiate dysfunction and social problems outward,” says housing expert Howard Husock, Director of the Manhattan Institute’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative,

script scene 1-2

24 09 2008

Story Beat for Wellstone’s Utopia:

Scene One:
First person point of view –
B walks to long corridor, a small town comes into the his view
His passes by an old woman who pays him no attention.
Walking slowly towards the town B realizes a sign that reads for sale.
He turns with a suggestive look on his face.
As he enters the town he walks into a weird empty store.
Dust covers the counter and a bell is located on his left side.
B rings the bell hoping for some attention.
Someone appears it’s an older gentleman
He nods at B
B:  I’m looking for a job
Old Man: I don’t have any work here
B:  do you know where I could find some work
Old Man:  No…but if anything happens in Wellstone you must see Torex.
B:  Who’s Torex
The man points towards a huge building made of this strange material
B walks towards the building through the busy streets
Everyone in the town looks at him with joyful curiosity
B nods and smiles greeting those who he passes
He finally arrives at the entrance of the huge building

Scene Two:
Upon entering the building B sees a girl wandering the halls
He glazes at her and wonders who she is…
B walks towards the girl who is Joli the princess of Wellstone
B:  Sup
Joli:  umm… are you the new janitor?
B:  not necessarily…I’m looking for Torex!
Joli:  And what would you want with my uncle?
B:  WELL…word around this place is he the man to speak too.
Joli:  Wellstone!
B:  What?
Joli:  this place is called Wellstone…now if you don’t mind I’m very busy!
Joli walks off in an elusive matter.
Joli:  don’t forget to leave your resume at the door!
B smiles with interests at joli as she walks further down the hallway
A voice of authority comes from a strange distance
Torex:  uh um.
B:  who’s there?
B looks below and sees this short shroud looking individual.
Torex:  Can I help you?
B:  Perhaps…are you Torex?
Torex nods at B with hesitation
B then extends to Torex with a note in hand
The note blank…B smiles
Torex looks in confusion
B:  I’m looking for work!
Torex:  As you can see my town is capable of handling another person.
B looks at Torex with dis-belief.
B: so… there isn’t anything?
Torex: well…there is one thing!  But you probably wont be interested.
B:  try me!
Torex:  have you ever heard of Wellstone’s Utopia?
B looks of confusion
Torex: Wellstone’s Utopia is a beautiful place…created by the gods.  For you and me.
This utopia has riches…food, miles and miles of unlimited food.
B stares at torex with limited emotion.
B:  I don’t care about food!
Torex:  My boy food is power. Power that rules with an iron fist!
Torex looks around and points towards a door.  The door is of the room of princess Joli.
B stares down the long corridor.
Torex smiles at B with a sinister grin
Torex: If you can convince my niece to tell me of the secret location. We can split the finding together.
B turns to the long hallway.
He lets out a sigh…then looks at Torex
B walks out of the building in discussed
Torex follows after him
Torex: Did I forget to mention that who ever marries my niece will be the ruler of Wellstone and it’s Utopia!

Oktapodi – making of video / full movie

8 09 2008

Production reference(3D Animation)


Do the right Thing!

2 09 2008

Video Clip…. from Do thing Right Thing!