Happy Victory Day, an only-in-Rhode Island institution since ’75

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The end of World War II was undoubtedly a massively important global event with many repercussions. Yet today the event is only memorialized in the smallest and arguably the most provincial state.  This article nicely summarizes some for historical factors behind the holiday remaining in Rhode Island, where it has fallen by the wayside everywhere else.  Question to ponder: Will this still be a holiday in 2030?

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Gentrification in Providence

Development of a high end apartment complex in a low income area would force pre-gentrification people out of the neighborhood. The taxes would get raised to amounts that make it difficult for these people to afford. However, the people in charge of this project are ignoring the consequences and focusing on the 5 million dollars tax break.  The photographer’s work can be found here.  This sign went up in to 2006 protest the mills-to-condo developments in Providence, Rhode Island.

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July 2012 Hottest Month Ever in U.S.

By Climate Central’s Michael D. Lemonick: July 2012 was officially not only the warmest July on record, but also the warmest month ever recorded for the lower 48 states, according to a report released Wednesday by scientists at the National Oceanic…

The drought footprint cover 63% of the contiguous states during the hottest month in American history.  The most current drought monitor map can be found at: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/ 

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The Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene

Nearly a week after Hurricane Irene drenched New England with rainfall in late August 2011, the Connecticut River was spewing muddy sediment into Long Island Sound and wrecking the region’s farmland just before harvest.


The effects of the flooding in Vermont and New Hampshire graphically manifested on the downstream parts of the watershed.  Good image for showing fluvial deposition and stream load.  The folks at Our Amazing Planet recognized this in this spectacular image.

Historic USGS Topo Maps of New England

This historical collection of USGS 15 minute topographic maps dates from the 1890s to the 1950s. Geographic coverage is complete for New Hampshire and nearly complete for the rest of New England.

This is a great warehouse of historical maps of New England.  The picture above what is today South Providence and Cranston, but in 1894 the area around the lakes was a part of the City of Cranston.  Why would the city of Cranston ‘lose’ territory?  When did this happen?  This is just one example of the questions in historical geography that this resource can inspire.

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London, The Olympics and Geography

The Geographical Association has produced numerous resources specifically for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in London.  The Olympics as an event work as an important teaching moment that operates on numerous scales.  What local developmental projects reshaped the urban fabric of London in preparation for these Games?  Do international events such as the Olympics foster a global community?  Is this idea of a global community perfectly harmonious?  This map of the medal count is great way to visualize the geography of the Olympics.