World of Cities

About this class

The aim of the course is to ask how and why cities grow, where humans choose to live, and to look at the evolution of “place” over time.

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by sofiyataver on October 5, 2017
Air pollution is one of the main problems of the modern world. The article “Revealed: every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle” by Matthew Taylor points out that every area in London has an exceed limit of one of the most toxic pollution particles in the air (PM2.5). This condition has short and long-term negative effects on the health of the residents. The government is encouraging to set up some plans to regulate and reduce the pollution as soon as possible.

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by AnLuu on October 5, 2017
Switzerland has four official languages, being German, French, Italian and Romansh. 63% of the population speaks German, while 23% speaks French, 8% speaks Italian and 1% speaks Romansh. However, the three first languages appears on every official documents, while the last one is in danger of extinction. Furthermore, Switzerland has its own German, French and Italian dialects, as a result, language plays a huge part in Swiss’ identity.   

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by XavierGagnon on October 5, 2017
In our modern times, society has strived to develop more and more technology designed to simplify our lives. In Canada, a highly visible negative consequence of this pursuit of convenience is the drastic reduction in the amount of physical activity in which citizen take part in, especially in the kids of the newest generation. This includes all manners of their lives, whether that be in gym class, on the playground, while travelling to and from school; physical activity in general has been replaced by a more efficient or more attractive medium.

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by xmorand on October 5, 2017
It is a well-known fact that females are much underrepresented in leadership roles. In fact, in 2016, only 19% of the Congress was composed of females. In this article, Alice Eagly, Lori Beaman and Christopher Karpowitz discuss this issue.

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by chloebenko on October 5, 2017
This article by James Fredrick sheds light on the safety issue in Mexico City due to drug crimes. With the arrest and murder of eight narcos by the Mexican police in Mexico City this summer, Fredrick makes it clear that contrarily to what Mexico City's mayor used to say, this city is not free from drug cartels anymore. Consequently, residents fear for their safety. Indeed, according to the article, 85% of them feel their city is unsafe. The author also points out the economical impact of increasing violence in the city.

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by Ye DaSen on October 5, 2017
In the article “Beijing's smog: A tale of two cities”, the authors Joshua Berlinger, Steve George and Serenitie Wang demonstrate the negative effects of smog on the heath of people in Beijing and the Chinese society. By doing so, they want to help people to better understand the catastrophic effects that the air-pollution has. If people can know more facts about this issue, then they can also potentially improve the situation. The authors start the article by describing the equipments that a high-income Chinese family uses to purify and filter the polluted-air in their home.

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by maxdesy on October 5, 2017
In his article, Mr. Krishnamurthy tells us about India’s urban population growth and how it brings many issues for Indian cities to deal with. Indeed, from 2001 to 2011, the urban population increased by 91 million. As of right now, more than 377 million Indians live in urban areas. This urban growth is explained by the author due to the fact that, because agriculture and related activities were the sole occupation available for people in rural areas and land being a limited resource, as the population grew, land could not support any further addition to the labour force in rural areas.

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by Sguimont on October 5, 2017
“Le Devoir” published an article, on September 5th, 2017, about the process of gentrification that is currently happening in the district of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The author explains that from the last 20 years this district saw a considerable increase in the price of apartments, houses, and a complete transformation of the neighbourhood commercial vitality. In numbers it is 7 % less renters than in 1991, 3500 more condominiums in 26 years and an augmentation in the number of restaurants, from 44 in 1976 to 63 in 2016.

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by Béatrice Provençal on October 5, 2017
The article ‘’«Quartiers sous tension»: bon ou mauvais, les dessous de la gentrification,’’ determines the negative and positive effects of gentrification in neighbourhoods of Montreal. Thus, gentrification is when low-income neighbourhoods become resettled by higher-income individuals. It creates inequalities because people that are wealthier have a greater use and control over space than the poorer people in the same community. On one hand, the phenomenon of gentrification can be negative for people that are poorer.

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by Tristan De Iure... on October 5, 2017
In my article, the author, Richard Florida, explains the new housing crisis in Canada and how it has much to do with other urban problems such as inequality and the oppression of the poorer strata. The heart of the problem, according to him, is the surge of the young and educated in great numbers into the city. This has not only lead to the increase in housing price in our biggest cities, but most importantly in a sharp decline of house affordability.

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by Charles Martel on October 4, 2017
The article “Violent Crime Is on the Rise in U.S. Cities” by David Johnson from TIME tackles the striking increase in violent crime in many of the United States’ most populated areas in 2016. Despite being far from the kind of violence that was present in 90’s, for a second year in a row last year, data collected from 61 metropolitan police agencies showed significant jumps in homicide, robbery and aggravated assault. Throughout the article, many factors are mentioned, such as gang violence, gun ownership, violence linked to drugs and even conflicts that start on social media.

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by AmandaMateus on October 4, 2017
The article, “Can Smarter Growth Guide China’s Urban Building Boom?” by David Biello, the science curator for TED as well as the contributing editor for Scientific American, explains several ideas and setbacks regarding rapid growth in cities, particularly in the city Ordos in China. In this article, Biello justifies the effects of rapid urbanization on the environment and presents practical solutions to avoid unsustainable methods of construction. The high demand for apartment buildings and amenities for the million new residents in these areas leads to poor construction.

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by Simon Dupuis on October 4, 2017
Health care has skyrocketed in the U.S. in the past decades due to increasing rates of obesity. The cause of this is that Americans are buying unhealthy products. This phenomenon can be decreased by changing the store’s structure. When going to the supermarket, the essential products, like milk or eggs, are placed in the back. This way, costumers must walk through the store, and they see many other products, which leads to unplanned purchases. The most common unplanned purchases are sugar-sweetened beverages and other junk food.

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by tanguaymarilou on October 4, 2017
The article “Embourgeoisement insidieux à HoMa?” discusses the impacts of gentrification in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Firstly, the author outlines the new phenomenon of co-propriety which lead to the loss of multiples housings in this neighborhood. Because of the steep growth in costs, housings are not affordable anymore, so people have to share their rents. This share is what describes the phenomenon of co-propriety. In other words, co-ownership is the division of a housing to make it affordable. According to a study in this neighborhood, co-ownership divides in 2 types.

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by Sandrine Bédard on October 4, 2017
A) Purpose of the article The authors explain the cause of the gentrification in New York and propose 4 ways to solve the problem. The purpose of the article is to start a discussion on the urban crisis in New York and more precisely, to encourage the community to come up with a solution plan.   B) Authors’ main points used to support their opinion

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by MarieLaurence on October 4, 2017
The article “4,000 people are now homeless in Greater Vancouver” by Jen St-Denis from Metro addresses the crisis of homeless people in Vancouver. In fact, he states that 4000 residents are now homeless compared to 2777 in 2014, which results of an increase of 26% every year since 2011. Moreover, it can be traduced by the fact that five people lose their housing each week due to a real estate boom and because more people are coming in the province for work which caused a raise of rents. Facing this major homelessness crisis, Vancouver lacks a poverty reduction plan to face the problem.

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by Calvin Liu on October 3, 2017
The article "Why don't black and white Americans live together" by Rajini Vaidyanathan from BBC News explains the residential segregation in the United States. Since the Fair Housing Act in 1968, discrimination in housing is illegal. However, the author shows that racial segregation is still present in the US. According to the Brookings Institution, the biggest cities in US have segregation levels of between 50 to 70 percent. It seems a lot, but we can clearly distinguish this issue in cities such as Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago, etc.

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by davidmurray on October 2, 2017
This article discusses the problem of homelessness in New York City and outlines a few solutions.   New York City has a growing homelessness problem. It has reached its highest level since the 1930s with around one in every 135 adults being homeless. Around 130 thousand people are currently homeless, most of which sleep in shelters. However, some must resign themselves to sleeping in the streets or in the subway. Most of the homeless are from minority groups such as African-Americans and Latinos.  

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by DanielBoon on November 13, 2017
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Gianni Delli Colli  Marco Polce  Samuel Leger Danyyil Bun   Green Cars With the new innovations being brought upon eco-friendly cars, we question which is better, electric or gasoline? The quick answer everyone falls back to is that electric cars are more expensive, or that they do not cover long distances as well as gas operated engines. The real answer however, is no and no.

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by mplescia on November 12, 2017
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Recycle & Reuse   What is our goal?   Our goal for this project is to make use and profit out of plastics that would have cost us money otherwise.   Why are we pursuing this goal?   We are pursuing this goal because it is much eco-friendlier to make use of what was already processed than to send it who knows where. Also, so much recycling is wasted when food or other such products are thrown into the recycling bin. This is leads to being able to reuse so much less materials.

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by DanielBoon on November 12, 2017
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              Action Research Project -Fundraiser Goal: We organise a Magic Show to raise funds to support other projects made by our classmates and Champlain Go Green fund. We pursue this goal to improve current financial situation of the Go Green fund and possibility of achievement of other projects goals.   Steps: After project is approved

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by Mélodie Ah-Waye on November 9, 2017
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By Ariane Gauthier, Alexanne Beaulieu and Mélodie Ah-Waye  

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by Audrey Houle on November 9, 2017
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Isabela Gorea, Audrey Gauthier and Audrey Houle

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by etienne on November 9, 2017
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Geothermal is a kind of renewable energy that comes from the Earth’s internal heat. How does it work? Water runs through the pipes, goes all around the house and finally comes back in the soil. Water comes from deep in the ground. This water has been heated in the Earth by the natural temperature in the ground.  After, the water comes back in the house to heat the house. During the summer, it is the same concept except that the water that comes from the soil is cooler than the temperature in the house. In fact, this action can cool the temperature in the house.

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by hina on November 9, 2017
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Biogas By : Marine Gauthier, Audrey Rose Lucier, Catherine Martin, and Hina Idris. 

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by Matthill31 on November 9, 2017
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Matthew Hill, Umrick Singh & Luka Guenette-Larocque Solar Water Heaters   As seen in the movie "Seeking the Current", solar water heaters are part of our future in terms of heating our homes. It is where energy from the sun is converted into heat to warm water using a solar thermal collector (solar pannels). Solar water heating began in 1980 and is today mostly used in China, Japan, India, and all over Europe.

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by Lolo98 on November 7, 2017
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  Video of [FR] Savoure l'instant : Nouvelle publicité Coca-Cola 2016  

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by boum5470 on November 7, 2017
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How is the product associated with happiness? The commercial includes smiling people with a good socioeconomic status, images of a ‘’good’’ life, and an uplifting song. It also shows two things that make people happy, most of the time: family and food. Coca-Cola tried to associate its products with things that usually make people happy to give the impression that everyone in the commercial is actually happy because of the bottles of coke they are all drinking. What type of happiness is portrayed?

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by Mezen on November 7, 2017
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Nowadays, we live in a world where we depend mostly on cars to answer our need to move. As vehicles became more available, our roads became full of inefficient cars. A typical car usually has 5 seats, but it is unfortunate that most of the time there is only one passenger in each car. Consequently, our highways are more packed than ever which has multiple impacts on the environment and the people. This issue brings a fundamental question: How can we be more efficient in the way we move? One major solution is to do carpooling.  

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by Jadestab123 on November 6, 2017
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sssHkwp5C5E Activity 4 – Happiness Literacy

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by ManuelNavidad on November 6, 2017
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Wash and Dry Green Energy In our everyday life, we tend to use a lot of appliances to ease up our lives at home.  However, often, we tend to forget how much we use them and how much energy they consume. Therefore, unconsciously, we’ve been growing our ecological footprint without even knowing it! Furthermore, in our society, eliminating the use of all of our appliances would be impossible, and consequently, there is only so much that one can do to in order to limit one’s production of greenhouse gases.

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by m_bordel on November 6, 2017
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Publicité choisie : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKIfOx5Q56Y (Du bonheur pour tous)

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by florence.delage on November 6, 2017
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https://youtu.be/SmLpiHDuLSE   1. How is the product associated with happiness (product name, smiling people, images of a “good” life or success, uplifting song, etc.)?

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by marie-plesieur on November 6, 2017
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Happiness Literacy iPhone 7 - The Archives (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbpBdMUrqV8)

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by aurelie on November 3, 2017
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    Here is the link to the commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6dsRpVyyWs  

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by hina on November 3, 2017
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Green cars By : Catherine Martin, Audrey Rose Lucier, Hina Idris, and Marine Gauthier. 

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by twelham on November 3, 2017
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Happiness is something we all experience, but have you ever thought about how you experience it?  Pleasures 1. Bodily Pleasure This category needs no real introduction, but for me, an example would be eating a chocolate brioche:

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by Audrey Houle on November 2, 2017
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Audrey Houle and Alexanne Beaulieu   In a society where global warming is becoming a big problem, many solutions had to be found. One of them is carsharing. This new concept is becoming more and more popular and those who don’t know about it should be aware of how beneficial it is. This article will explain the benefits of carsharing and how it works.

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Reply to: Planting Fresh Air
2 weeks 3 days ago

I think that you had a beautiful idea.
I think that to create new spaces to put green plants can be only beneficial. Indeed, it is an attractive and little expensive way to get involved in a beautiful cause that is the ecology. The air quality is essential for a good running of the brain: it needs oxygen to feed its grey cells.
To complete your good idea, did you think about a roof-garden? If the roof of your College is flat, you could create a roof-garden, which will follow a new international trends. In many big cities, people are searching for a piece of nature, and it’s sometimes very difficult. A roof-garden will be a great idea for the air quality, but it comes with many other advantages. For example, the cafeteria of your school could cultivate fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes or pickles, or more simply, aromatic herbs, which don’t need a lot of maintenance. Then, your College could use his own spices or vegetables, and it is also good for the environment. The students could eat local products, fresher and surely better for the health than imported food, and it will reduce CO2 emissions, because of less middle of transportation.

Reply to: Planting Fresh Air
2 weeks 3 days ago

I think is a really good idea and your project can make a difference for the pollution. It’s true, the plant has a lot of benefits for the environment in a building. It’ very good that the pants can help for the concentration and well being. I propose you to inform and educate other peoples about your project. You can give some’s information’s about the benefits of the project can offer. After, the people will know the importance of the plant around the school and in the class. I am certain that the others students will appreciate this project.
A.G.

2 weeks 3 days ago

I totally agree with you. e-waste pollution is actually a very big problem worldwide and we need to find solution about it. In order to stop harmful pollutents to be releases continously, we should take the problem by it source. By that I mean that reducing our consuption would be the first step towards the preventiong of this problem. Overconsuption is making even more waste. We should always think before buying a new electronic device and ask ourself if we really need it. For example, changing our cell phone or computer every year just because a new model has released will produce way more e-waste pollution than just keeping the same device for many years.

2 weeks 6 days ago

It is an original project to do as your main goal is to fund the Go Green and using magic to attract people is great! On the other hand, how will you do this magic show? Will you invite a magician, or will you do it yourself? I'm not sure whether you can actually entertain the audience with a performance that is questionable. Also, can you attract people to come see your show if the ticket costs too much money? If it seems overpriced, then most people won't go, which is why it is something to consider on. On the brighter side, I believe that if everyone in your team actually does their parts, it will indeed look realistic to do. Good luck on your project!

3 weeks 51 min ago

We are commenting on your article for a class. We thought that your essay on this topic was well written. However, there were some minor concerns regarding how much of an alternative wind-turbines actually are over hydro-electricity. First of all, your idea on building a wall to reduce the sound pollution of wind-turbines is more complicated than you perceive due to the high costs associated with it. A wind-turbine is around 80-meter high. Consequently, the wall needs to be at least 80 meters as well. This will inevitably bring up the costs of material, design and personnel. Furthermore, if a wall is placed near a wind-turbine then the efficient of the turbine will decrease since no wind will reach it.

3 weeks 4 days ago

Just like what most of others said, this is relevant to many people, which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy in my life when it comes to the difficult obstacle I must overcome. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. More information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging, understand the purpose a bit better.
I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

3 weeks 4 days ago

Just like most of what others said, this is relevant to many people which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy, giving me time to forget about the things I feel stressed about and just focus on having fun and improving. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. I think that the idea is good but more information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging understand the purpose a bit better.
It's a good idea, and I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

3 weeks 4 days ago

Just like most of what others said, this is relevant to many people which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy, giving me time to forget about the things I feel stressed about and just focus on having fun and improving. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. I think that the idea is good but more information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging understand the purpose a bit better.
It's a good idea, and I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

3 weeks 4 days ago

Just like most of what others said, this is relevant to many people which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy, giving me time to forget about the things I feel stressed about and just focus on having fun and improving. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. I think that the idea is good but more information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging understand the purpose a bit better.
It's a good idea, and I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

3 weeks 4 days ago

Just like most of what others said, this is relevant to many people which consists of student's feeling anxious or depressed. I myself find sports a remedy, giving me time to forget about the things I feel stressed about and just focus on having fun and improving. Although this can be very pertinent in someone's life, you guys didn't go deep in the details of this project. It's vague and hard to understand what the outcome will be. I have some questions that could help the understanding and thoroughness:
1.How will you promote this encouragement towards playing sports?
2.Will this project be set up as creating teams?
3.Will someone help you fund this project?
4.How much will it cost?
5.If you're someone who needs a distresser, should you feel stress about trying this out?
6.If so, how will you make people feel comfortable getting out of their comfort zone whether or not it's with stress
These are just few things you need to consider. I think that the idea is good but more information about it could help not only us critiques but the people you're encouraging understand the purpose a bit better.
It's a good idea, and I'm interested in seeing the final results:)

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