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Cities Scaled Down to PixelsCities Scaled Down to 4×4 Pixels. Image via Neverbored

When you are living a city full of over 8 million people, it can be difficult to condense that city into one specific color, image or stereotype. Cities such as New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles are comprised of such a multitude of different people and place that condensing your visual impressions of a city into one predominant color sounds impossible, unless you are Kasper Gerroms, from the gaming website La Mosca.

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drive-change-maple-drizzled-grilled-cheese-food-truck-nycThe Drive Change NYC food truck promotes social justice for formerly incarcerated youths while providing amazing maple-based foods. Image via Drive Change.

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The first-ever food truck for social change is about to begin its rounds around Manhattan and Brooklyn. According to Brooklyn Based, founder Jordyn Lexton saw an opportunity to promote social empowerment using food trucks. Drive Change NYC trains and employs formerly incarcerated youths in an effort to combat the high rate (66 percent) of youth offenders who return to prison within a year of release. Drive Change’s first truck––Snow Day––is set to launch the first week of November. With goods including maple-drizzled grilled cheese sandwiches and maple-bacon donuts, Snow Day is a truck worth actively searching for.

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new york city-canned air-daily what-untapped cities-002Canned Air from New York City – on sale on Etsy for $10 (by photographer Kirill Rudenko)

With all the talk of the guy selling rocks from Brooklyn, we were reminded of this Etsy listing by Prague-based photographer Kirill Rudenko selling Canned Air from various cities. These $10 cans of air have various positive effects, as the listing describes, each can “relieves stress, cures homesickness 
and helps fighting nostalgia.”

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Some of the most exciting cities are those that have their own unique aesthetic, adopting a feel at odds with the rest of their country. Barcelona for us is such a place, wildly individual and almost visually overwhelming. Famously inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s creations as well as influenced by its Catalan history, it walks its own pioneering path.

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Untapped Cities - City Diaries by Lapin - Mercat dels Encants Barcelona

Mercat dels Encants is one of the oldest markets in Europe. Certain references set its origin in the fourteenth century, being a testimony of the commercial dynamic of Barcelona.

When you start walking around this flea market you cross among the nice dusty smell of old books, sizzling sounds of old vinyl, old clothes, shoes, toys and furniture with lots of stories behind them – and this famous old salesman standing there for years with his own stories.  (more…)

Untapped Cities - Lapin - Plaza Catalunya - Barcelona

Plaça de Catalunya is the “center” of Barcelona. At least when you arrive at the airport all the signs lead you there, and the aerobus will drop you off at Plaza Catalunya as well. As it is perceived so touristic and hectic, local Barcelona people mostly avoid being there.  (more…)