In today’s Buzz: Trump tweets, cities innovate and a company gamifies throwing away trash.
This Buzz is brought to you by: tweets from Donald J. Trump.
What I’m Listening to – Jens Lekman’s new album, on repeat
What I’m Reading – The Open Organization
What I’m Watching – Chef’s Table (season 3)
What I’m Doing – helping out at my friend’s winery for barrel tasting weekend
- All of Trump’s Saturday tweets since taking office: Once upon a time, Saturdays were devoid of news beyond the boring presidential radio address. Now, they are wild affairs, featuring Trump Twitter tantrums.
- The Alienation of the White Working Classes: Young, white, wage-earning voters are increasingly detached from religious and civic institutions. What does this mean for America’s political future?
- The Justice Department to black voters: Don’t bother: In one of his first significant moves since taking office, Attorney General Jeff Sessions threw cold water on long-standing efforts by the Justice Department to clean up a blatantly discriminatory Texas law clearly designed to suppress African American and other Democratic-leaning votes.
- NASA’s $600+ million MAVEN orbiter swerved to avoid slamming into a Martian moon: Space is a big, mostly empty place, but every once in a while a pricey piece of Earth machinery ends up in a tight squeeze with a celestial body.
- National Championship: City of Peoria, IL vs. City of Vancouver, WA
- Diversity Dashboard: Rosemary Stump, UNC MPA Project Team
- Open Data, Open Data, Open Data
- Kittelson’s Corner: Budget Engagement
- 03/04/17: Laugh, Cry, and Think
- Supper Club: Denver, CO – March 7, 5:30-7:30 pm
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Permitting – March 9, 2017 at 10:00 am
- Supper Club: Nashville, TN – March 14, 5:30-7:30 pm
- MMANC Winter Forum, Mill Valley, CA: Turning Division into Action – March 17, 8:30-4:00 pm
- Webinar: Managing Community Outrage Using Online Tools – March 23 noon-1 pm
- Supper Club: Sacramento, CA – March 23 6:30 – 8:30 pm
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Purchasing – April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
- Seattle Considers Giving Renters a Formal Voice at City Hall: With housing costs rising sharply in Seattle, the city’s large share of renters could soon get a stronger voice in city government.
- In ‘The Future of Cities,’ innovative responses to urban issues: As the number of city dwellers increases, so do problems like overcrowding, pollution, housing shortages and aging infrastructure. The online mini-documentary, “The Future of Cities,” explores the ways citizens are mobilizing to address these issues.
- Gary, Indiana mayor: Can art save a city? Here’s our creative answer: People often ask me what is the most difficult aspect of rebuilding Gary. It is without a doubt getting people to believe in our city again.
- How a “Vitality Fellow” Captured the Imagination of a City: It’s a brilliantly blue winter day, and a happy crowd in downtown St. Paul dispels the myth that Minnesotans hibernate from November to May.
- ‘Street seats’ aim to revolutionise cities through sitting: Cities across the nation are encouraging businesses and community organisations to install seats along sidewalks.
- Legoland Philadelphia unveils One Liberty Place tower made of 17,000 Legos: A 9-foot-tall Lego model of One Liberty Place and Two Liberty Place was unveiled at City Hall this morning.
- New ‘Haptic Language’ Tech Guides the Blind Through City Streets: A Brooklyn company is designing a haptic feedback wearable meant to help seeing-impaired people navigate their environments.
- The next-generation intersection helps all modes share the street: In their quest for safer streets and zero traffic deaths, more and more cities are focusing their attention on the intersection. For all its familiarity and organizational power, the intersection is also a source of great stress and frustration. It can be dangerous: Roughly 40 percent of crashes occur at intersections, and about half of fatal crashes involve turns.
- Facebook adds a travel-planning feature called ‘City Guides’: A potential challenger to Foursquare, Facebook’s guides will show you a list of cities and which of your friends visited, along with various recommendations of places to go and things to do.
- From the Archives: Open Doors at City Hall: Tom Bradley, the city’s first black mayor, served from 1973 to 1993 and is credited with building one of the most diverse workforces in government.
Local Government Confidential
- The Magic Trash Can Cities Probably Don’t Need: The 21st century version of trashketball, for example, is the TetraBIN, a street-side garbage can that turns the act of chucking refuse into a semi-digital sport.
- Wilmington City Council Debuts New Prayer by Pagan Artist: For decades, the council used a Christian prayer. The group voted to replace that prayer with silent reflection in early January but after a public backlash, drafted legislation to bring a prayer back.