Month: May 2010

Dnt Txt n Drv

Kansas has recently become the 26th state to adopt a “no texting while driving” law.  Until January 1, 2011, drivers will receive a warning if they are caught texting while driving and after that, law enforcement officials will issue $60 fines for the offense. So important has this issue become, that President Obama, even, issued

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The Global Economy is Not Really So “Foreign”

When Ron Kirk was Mayor of Dallas he spent lots of his time on economic development efforts. He built partnerships across the region and around the world to help generate domestic and foreign investment and to promote local products and services. For the last 15 months Kirk has been doing the same job only on

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Are cities Capitalizing on Fiction?

The latest Emerging Issues column in Nation’s Cities Weekly explores the topic of detection fiction novels that are set in in American cities. Decades ago, American detective novels were mainly set in New York City or Los Angeles. One observer puts the proportion at fifty percent. Ellery Queen and Nero Wolfe and Raymond Chandler and

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May a greener future begin in a greener classroom?

A number of speakers at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs national conference this week in Washington, D.C. raised concerns that inadequate academic preparation in basic math, science, and reading skills are presenting major barriers in preparing workers for jobs in a clean energy economy. Given the subject of the conference, a significant focus on jobs,

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Bringing Place Back

Place is back.  Across an array of sectors we are witnessing a renewed focus on “place” – on neighborhoods, cities, and regions.  Place-based strategies are evident in the Obama administration’s cross-agency efforts to coordinate land use, transportation, and environmental programs.  The nation’s leading foundations are launching place-based initiatives. And across the country actors from public,

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Forget Everything You Knew About Housing

In the wake of the home mortgage bust there needs to be a reevaluation of every assumption about residential housing. Is ownership always better than renting? Is appreciation always better than equity as a tool for wealth creation? Is bigger in the suburbs always better than smaller in town? The composition of families is different.

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Capturing Creativity in Kentucky

City leaders, artists, entrepreneurs, university staff, real estate developers, students, researchers, and many others convened at the 2010 Creative Cities Summit in Lexington, Ky. this month to learn how they can help their cities attract and retain talent, promote entrepreneurship, and encourage civic engagement. Keynote speaker Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative

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Healthy urban food systems seeking committed local leaders

In celebration of Earth Day, Grist magazine highlighted 40 people working to “redefine green” in their communities. The list contains a diverse range of entrepreneurs, community activists, scientists, and venture capitalists yet what is perhaps most striking is that a third of the people featured are “altering the green landscape” through food. One of these

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