March 11, 1990 |
Imagine living in a place with the sparkle of the city and the calm of the country. A place where you could walk to work, school or shopping, stroll the streets at night, live next to people who were different from you. There would be houses and supermarkets, offices and stores, recreation centers and parks, apartments and a town square all in one community. In fact, it might look a lot like a Parisian boulevard, with buildings five and six stories high, shops and offices on the first level and apartments above, or a postmodern version of Chestnut Hill.
June 12, 1989 |
The Chinese countryside is a peaceful land of wheat fields, poplars, honeysuckle and the acrid aroma of night soil. Only a murmur of Beijing's strife and bloodshed has reached the red brick villages about 25 miles from the capital. But those scraps of news have been enough to plunge the peasants into quiet despair, said a young American who teaches English in the village of Cui. "It has been a very bad week. People have been somber, quiet and very withdrawn," said James Burton, 27, who was found pedaling along a country road, where the homes are clustered together in villages set several miles apart.
December 2, 2011 |
Indigenous folklore traditions have had a rough enough time surviving in the modern world. A man-made disaster requiring the permanent resettlement of an entire region's population doesn't help. Following the calamitous Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident of April 26, 1986, 160 Ukrainian villages in the contaminated zone were effectively wiped out. There was fear that the area's already fading, thousand-year-old polyphonic singing styles and ancient folk songs, some believed to be pre-Christian in origin, had suffered a cultural death-blow.
April 21, 2012 |
XALITZINTLA, Mexico - A 17,886-foot volcano outside Mexico City exhaled dozens of towering plumes of ash and shot fragments of glowing rock down its slopes Friday morning, frightening the residents of surrounding villages with hours of low-pitched roaring not heard in a decade. A roiling white cloud of ash, gas, water vapor and superheated rock spewed from the cone of Popocatepetl high above the village of Xalitzintla, whose residents said they were awakened by a window-rattling series of eruptions.
February 9, 2015 |
ST. LEON SUR VEZERE, France - It is a scene that might have been painted by Claude Monet - a gently flowing river with overhanging trees peering down at their own reflections, picnickers sitting primly on blankets in the grass, and on the far bank a bright-red poppy field. This village of about 200 inhabitants in an area east of Bordeaux known as the Dordogne is a postcard lost in the mail for a century - honey-colored stone houses joined by cobblestoned alleys - all of it overseen by a church with a square bell tower that has been offering Masses since 1150.
August 4, 1996 |
I see the sign and can't resist: "Vasa (via Old Road). " I brake the rental car, reverse, and turn right. In fields on both sides of the road, men are harvesting ruby-red grapes and loading them onto donkeys, which carry them to trucks that will take them down to the coast, to the big wine cooperatives around the port of Limassol. The road is sticky with juice oozing from the trucks, and I pass another intriguing sign: "Caution: Road Slippery With Grape Juice. " I stop to talk to a harvester who is sitting by the side of the road in the shade of an almond tree.
March 4, 2014 |
Builder Brian DiSabatino , fourth-generation boss of Wilmington's EDiS Co. , says he expects to start work this year on the first of seven "mixed-use villages," replacing 2,000 acres of corn and soybean fields, at what he and his partners call the Town of Whitehall, 12 minutes south of I-95 in Delaware. There have been other big plans for this ground. It was shopped as a nuclear power plant site, and for an Intel computer-chip factory. But "New Urbanist" communities, with curbside stores, offices, and charter schools, are what the ground's owner, the $125 million-asset Welfare Foundation , decided will pay best, pending final approvals from the county council.
December 15, 1988 |
Authorities have discovered that 20 more villages tucked away in the mountains of Armenia were seriously damaged by last week's earthquake, and 150 looters have been arrested, Soviet media said today. Meanwhile, the top U.S. disaster relief official said today that some foreign rescue teams have given up hope of finding more survivors in the rubble left by the Armenian earthquake and are heading home. However, Soviet officials said the rescue effort would continue and denied reports that stricken cities would be bulldozed to prevent an epidemic.
August 13, 2012 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Residents of the zone in northwestern Iran hit by powerful twin earthquakes described moments of terror and panic, with birds crowing loudly in warning seconds before the ground shook. As the death toll rose Sunday to more than 250 with entire villages leveled, rescuers called off searches for survivors and turned their attention to caring for the 16,000 people left homeless. At least 20 villages were destroyed in the quakes Saturday that were followed by 36 aftershocks, state television reported.
November 16, 1989 |
The little boy in the supermarket was 7 or 8. Neatly dressed in a down- filled jacket and matching cap, he was gently pushing an empty shopping cart behind the young woman, shuffling ahead. Could she have been his mother? She wore frayed bedroom slippers over soiled white socks. Her eyelids were swollen. Her hair was uncombed and filled with lint. Her body was barely visible under a coat two sizes too big. She was in a daze. She seemed almost unaware the child was with her, yet his connection to her was tangible - and heartrending.