Daily Diigo Public Link 12/30/2007

by Yule Heibel on December 29, 2007

» Chicago Spire – Das höchste Wohnhaus der Welt … – architekturvideo.de – Das Video-Blog für Architektur, Stadtplanung und Immobilien

Four and a half minute video of Santiago Calatrava’s planned “Chicago Spire” (also called “Fordham Spire”), which will be the tallest residential building in the world. Looks beautiful — as does Chicago.

Book review: Hyper-Border: The Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Border and Its Future

Regine Debatty’s review of *Hyper-Border: The Contemporary U.S.-Mexico Border and Its Future* by Fernando Romero includes many interesting extracts. Eg.: (p.76) At present there are more American border patrol agents than soldiers in Afghanistan.; (p.106) In 2004, remittances to Mexico equaled $16.6 billion, in 2005 they reached $20 billion and in 2006 they rose higher to $24 billion becoming the second source of US dollars after oil exports.; (p.175) … most economists [agree?] that immigrants actually represent a net positive for the economy, meaning that overall, at the federal level, they pay more in taxes than they acquire in services. Whether they are sales, gasoline, property, or social security taxes, as people residing in the United States, undocumented immigrants contribute to the tax system just as legal workers do.; (p.193) Although Mexico is the number one source of immigrants into the U.S., it ranks seventh in foreign enrollments in U.S. universities.; (p.226) Nearly 40,000 people who live in Tijuana commute every weekday across the border to work in San Diego and surrounding areas.

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