Josiah Duran

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Recent Essays

Localist Roundup: Now With Even More Black Friday

This piece counts the cost of U.S. military action against ISIS. In other news, Wal-Mart is set to make Black Friday a Thanksgiving week-long event. Meanwhile,...

Localist Roundup: Book Deserts

This article bemoans the farm subsidiary structure in the US and wishes for more diversity in agriculture. Meanwhile, this piece notes that the oft-mentioned millennial generation...

Localist Roundup: Equality, Music, and Corn

This article looks at the relationship between technology and equality. In other news, Grist has a piece on Wendell Berry and local food. And this...

Localist Roundup: A Stroll to the Store

This article notes how adolescence is stretching further into the twenty-somethings. And, in this piece, a non-profit encourages people to walk to get their groceries. Lastly,...

Localist Roundup: Too Much Food?

This piece highlights the use of parklets--sidewalk extensions taking up the space normally used for curbside parking spaces--in Chicago. Meanwhile, this piece claims that agribusinesses...

Localist Roundup: Pernicious Mobile Wallets

The news has been abuzz recently with yesterday's Supreme Court (non)ruling on same-sex marriage. The USDA continues to try to support local food, this time...

Localist Roundup: Fire and Food

This piece reports on a global survey for food sustainability. In America specifically, there's a growing tendency to prefer snacks to meals. In other...

Localist Roundup: Dead at 75

This article considers whether marriage is becoming a kind of luxury. Meanwhile, this piece attempts to coax readers into community involvement. In other news, this interesting...

Localist Roundup: Future Food and Farmers

This piece notes the disappearance of young American farmers.  Meanwhile, these people are making food with data. Lastly, this article advocates a strange combination of...

Localist Roundup: Capitalism

This piece explores Mandevillian tendencies in economic thought. In other news, The Guardian has launched a new section encouraging readers to "rethink prosperity." This article highlights an...

Localist Roundup: NoPhone

In recent news, single adults now comprise more than half of the U.S. population. Meanwhile, this piece considers how technology has changed the way we...

Localist Roundup: Rubber Duck

This article poses the question "Who's responsible for bad architecture?" Meanwhile, this piece criticizes the practice of communities outsourcing art, with particular reference to Florentijn Hofman...