Half of Bristol’s music venues are under threat. Blame developers

CITYMETRIC

On a Sunday night in January 2018, a crowd gathered outside Cabot24, one of many new residential developments in Bristol, and began to scream. For around two hours, they shouted at those inside the building and even let off fireworks, one of which exploded near the face of a resident as she leant out of her window. The cause of the drama? The closure, in November, of music venue the Surrey Vaults. 

Owning public space is expensive. So why do developers want to do it?

CITYMETRIC

A great deal has been written about privately owned public space, or POPS. A Guardian investigation earlier this year revealed the proliferation of “pseudo-public spaces”. Tales of people being watched, removed from or told off in POPS have spread online. Activists have taken to monitoring POPS, and politicians on both sides of the pond are calling for reforms in how they are run.

New Chapter for Classic Paris Bookstore: Books Printed on Demand

THE NEW YORK TIMES

PARIS — Gauthier Charrier, a graphic design student, stepped inside one of Paris’s newest bookstores and wondered, “Where are all the books?”

“I saw this empty, open space — just a couple of stools — and I wondered, ‘Did someone mess up?’” Mr. Charrier, 20, said.

Argentina’s poll favourite shows power of Peron

THE SUNDAY TIMES

FOR proof that Eva Peron never truly left Argentina, voters need look no further than Daniel Scioli’s back garden.

A life-size waxwork of the glamorous former first lady takes pride of place in the private theme park of the man who is favourite to succeed President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in today’s presidential election.

Why Argentina’s Talks With the IMF Are Enraging the Country

TIME

In a somber televised address to the country on Tuesday, Argentine President Mauricio Macri announced his government would open talks with the International Monetary Fund, reportedly to seek $30 billion of support for his country’s ailing economy.