Introducing: City Surfing

Traveler’s Associate Editor Amy Alipio offers up some city-licious links and other news from the City Life team.

Get Some Dim Sum: At least, while you still can. Check out Andrew Evans’ interesting post on Gridskipper.com about the gentrification of Chinatowns, Washington’s in particular.

Map it Out: We like superfuture’s cool maps for cities around the world, with shops and eateries pinpointed in colorful, easy-to-read fashion, like this map of London’s Soho.

Cupcake Love: We don’t know about other city lovers, but we at City Life are out of our minds for cupcakes. Which is why we stepped up our workout program when we read that Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles is looking to open an outpost in D.C., one of 16 cities soon to be graced with the confectioner’s cakes. For City Lifers in Phoenix, Sprinkles is set to open at 4501 North Scottsdale Road this month.

Extreme Makeover City Edition: Maverick urban planner and three-time mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, Jaime Lerner gave this entertaining talk at the March 2007 TED Conference, but it’s just been posted online now. “Every city in the world can be improved in less than three years,” Lerner says. He ought to know: His TED biography says that he “transformed a gridlocked commercial artery into a spacious pedestrian mall over a long weekend, before skeptical merchants had time to finish reading their Monday papers.”

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Photo: Chinatown in LA, by Adamina, via the Intelligent Travel Flickr pool

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