Jeff Allen 1 
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Re: “Why we're switching to Facebook-verified member accounts

The City Paper values civility? LOL.

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Posted by Jeff Allen 1 on July 22, 2016 at 7:45 AM

Re: “Spero may be the best under-the-radar restaurant in town

Nice review, Doksa.

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Posted by Jeff Allen 1 on April 29, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Re: “Charleston intersections are overrun with panhandlers

The public safety angle is just shy of compelling, but aesthetics overriding free speech? Would it be more acceptable if we cloaked them in a foam core neoclassical facade? Should they be regulated by the BAR or Commercial Corridor Review?

Let's focus on public transit so that we can expand their market and diffuse the problem, which is really just a byproduct of traffic concentration due to poor city planning and an inefficient transportation infrastructure.

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Posted by Jeff Allen 1 on January 28, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Re: “What if there had been no West African influence on Southern cooking?

Limiting an analysis to just three progenitors is overly broad and simplified. You need to admit Germans, Irish, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch influence to analyze what was a cohesively creolized Atlantic World economy in the colonial period. It would also help to think of Africa as less of a cohesive land of singular origin and more of the multifaceted continent which it is - sending Hausa, Mande, Akan, Fula, and Yoruba peoples, some of which came directly, others being "seasoned" in the Afro-Caribbean prior to sale in Charleston.

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Posted by Jeff Allen 1 on December 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Re: “A movement at a crossroads, can sustainability scale?

The problem with scaling agricultural "sustainability", is that there are far more people who want to talk about it in broad, romantic terms (or use the concept to generate media attention and celebrity) than actually give it a go. Most Americans aren't willing to live the way smallholders often do - that's why our farmland now contains plastic houses in the suburbs - and the ones that do are often happy enough feeding their own.
The actual proprietors of the small farm community were probably out working too hard to be interviewed for this article. Almost all of the families truly producing locally farmed food work other jobs to pay for their passion. They aren't especially interested in lots of money or fame, and don't really care if the rest of the world buys their lettuce from the same country as they get their t-shirts these days.
If 10% of the population learned to cook, stopped buying industrially processed foods, and didn't source meats and produce from grocery chains, then you'd have an explosion in local farming (and much lower health costs). You'd also have a quick lobby by corporate/government officials to regulate all of that in the name of safety and shut it down.

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Posted by Jeff Allen 1 on November 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

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