There was a time when the rich bragged about how much they paid in taxes

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In ancient Athens, paying a massive tax bill was a badge of honor. In ancient Athens, only the very wealthiest people paid direct taxes, and these went to fund the city-state’s most important national expenses—the navy and honors for the gods. While today it might sound astonishing, most of these top taxpayers not only paid happily, but boasted about how much they paid. Read Full Story

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What these lovely Japanese textiles reveal about the future of sustainable fashion

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Boro is a style of fabric mending that became known for its use of limited, natural materials. Several brands these days, from Patagonia to Reformation, upcycle their clothes to make trendy new designs. It’s a crucial development as fashion reckons with its astronomical environmental footprint . It’s also a practice that has a long, rich history, as a new exhibit at Manhattan’s Japan Society makes clear. Read Full Story

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The pandemic is changing how human beings think about status

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During lockdown, the rich and famous look less heroic than scientists, medical experts, front-line workers, and folks who just have a little tech savvy. Do you have a freezer ? How about a well-stocked bookshelf ? What kind of mask and gloves do you have? Do you know how to hack a website to get priority delivery slots? How fast is your internet ? The answers to these questions may say a lot about your status during lockdown. Read Full Story

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‘Pokémon Go’ maker Niantic wants to turn AR into 5G’s first killer app

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Next-generation AR could get consumers excited about 5G. So AR pioneer Niantic is working with carriers to spur the creation of compelling experiences. Niantic, the maker of the hit augmented reality game Pokémon Go , today announced it’s teaming up with a group of 5G carriers from across North America, Europe, and Asia to help high-quality AR experiences proliferate to millions of new users, as 5G technology capable of handling rich AR is deployed on wireless networks around the world. Read Full Story

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How playwright Jeremy O. Harris wants to make theatergoing more accessible to all

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The creator of the acclaimed ‘Slave Play’ developed several creative workarounds to make sure that more than just rich white people saw his show. Racial trauma. Sexual repression. They’re not the average topics for a Broadway comedy, but Jeremy O. Harris is not an average playwright. When he got the chance to take Slave Play , his uncompromising comedic drama about three interracial couples, to the Golden Theatre last year, he told his producing partners that he’d only do so if young Black and brown theatergoers had the same access as the older white ticket buyers who typically patronize Broadway. Already, Harris had been appealing offhandedly to his “rich friends” via Twitter to purchase tickets and leave them at the box office for anyone to use. That concept became the basis for Slave Play ‘s Broadway Plus One ticket initiative, in which people could pay an extra $25 at checkout …

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American suburbs are about to look more like European cities

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COVID-19 may accelerate a pattern that turns dull, transit-oriented developments into neighborhoods that resemble bustling cities. But there are risks. Over the past few decades, transit-oriented developments have risen in inner-ring suburbs across North America, adding homes and shops near the transit lines that shuttle workers in and out of core cities. It’s an old style of development, one more familiar in dense, transit-rich European countries, but one that caught a renewed interest in the 1990s. In places like Pasadena, California , and Aurora, Illinois , TOD projects leveraged transit access to create a more multifaceted sense of urbanity in places where it might not have emerged on its own. Read Full Story

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