The $20 Project

twenties.jpgFor the next two weeks, Metroblogging sites around the globe will be participating in The $20 Project, an experimental series of posts on what the equivalent of $20 in U.S. currency buys the authors in their respective cities.

The idea is simple enough, and I believe open enough to allow for some wild interpretations. I anticipate that cities will challenge each other to see who can stretch a dollar further, while also showing off the uniqueness of their local goods and shops. The differences in the value of the dollar should prove educational, but most of all the project should be a fun look at consumerism around the world.

Please bookmark and check back at this page, as we’ll update it frequently with links to project posts as they appear on the Metroblogging Network, or just keep an eye on and the other city sites.

Metroblogging sites currently planning to participate in The $20 Project: Portland, OR; Philly, PA; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; Melbourne, Australia; Chennai, India; Tokyo, Japan; Berlin, Germany; and Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore, Pakistan, although they may be preoccupied with certain governmental actions.

We also encourage other blogs to participate in the project. If you write a post that fits, please leave a link in the comments, and I’ll feature it in an entry sometime this or next week… photo by P.A.M. used under Creative Commons…

Monday, November 5th

Los Angeles: Annika finds $20 in produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market… Frazgo burns through two $20 bills on his teen offspring – one puts it in savings, the other drops it on a manicure… and Mack spends it on pizza and lice.

Melbourne, Australia: Squirt demonstrates that $20 Australian is pretty much equal to $20 US, spending $3.95 on a chai latte.

Seattle, WA: Zee Grega indulges in sushi, tea, and chocolate.

Tuesday, November 6th

Los Angeles: Ruth666 spares the crackers and drops a full $20 bill on gourmet cheese… Will become a tourist in his own backyard, spending the cash on public transit for a trip to the L.A. County Arboretum + snack.

Washington, DC: Carl’s headline says it all: “Hair Cut, Coffee, and Rubbers.”

Wednesday, November 7th

Austin, TX: M.J.L. Kellogg spends it all at the H.E. Butt Grocery Company.

Los Angeles: Frazgo buys his son’s birthday dinner and dessert… Rob Noxious calls YOU a douchebag (probably) while he makes his daily rounds.

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