The 10 Most Resilient Cities In The World – Canada, with the top three cities on the list, is apparently a pretty resilient place to live.
Three Years After Killing Osama, America Is Still Haunted by Pakistan – Three years after killing Osama, America is still haunted by Pakistan. So am I.
Citizen Engagement and City Budgets – Inviting public comment early in a city’s budget process, in multiple ways, is closely associated with better performance outcomes, says a new study in The American Review of Public Administration
The Privatization Backlash – For decades, city and state governments have seen contracting as a cost-saving panacea. But past experience has left some of today’s policymakers more skeptical.
China’s Mega-Cities Are Combining Into Mega-Regions, but They’re Doing It Wrong – Building around a small number of city centers can mean even more hellish pollution, traffic, and property prices.
This Decrepit Lot Is the Future Site of the World’s Largest Urban Greenhouse – A 100,000-square-foot facility in D.C.’s Anacostia will produce 1 million pounds of produce a year and provide up to 25 permanent jobs.
The Importance of Running True BRT Through Downtown – Anything less reinforces negative public perception of the entire mode.
A divided court votes in favor of prayer at council meetings – In a 5-4 split, justices rule that legislative bodies can begin meetings with prayer, even if it favors the speaker’s religion.
Colorado Fracking Fight to Light Up Senate Race – A statewide fight over fracking and a U.S. Senate race are set to collide between now and November, when Colorado voters will decide the fate of both.
The Best Apps for the World’s Biggest Cities – We all know that apps are a daily part of our lives. After all, 56% of people on the planet own a smart phone, and according to Flurry, people are starting to spend more time using apps than they do watching TV.
Where Urban and Rural Voters Agree: System Is Rigged – Democrats and Republicans may have a hard time finding common ground. But if you look closely at the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, you’ll also see signs of a rising populist tide in America that both parties may want to heed.
The White House Beat, Uncovered – What the hacks of 1600 Penn really think.
What Is Hillary Clinton Afraid Of? Over the 25 years Hillary Clinton has spent in the national spotlight, she’s been smeared and stereotyped, the subject of dozens of over-hyped or downright fictional stories and books alleging, among other things, that she is a lesbian, a Black Widow killer who offed Vincent Foster then led an unprecedented coverup, a pathological liar, a real estate swindler, a Commie, a harridan.
What can Detroit teach Portland? Delegation from Motor City arrives in Rose City on Tuesday – A delegation from the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program, based out of Wayne State University, will be in Portland starting on Tuesday for a five-day trip to build relationships and discuss both similarities and differences between the two U.S. cities.
Gov. John Kitzhaber performs CPR on woman lying unconscious on Portland street – The governor was driving to dinner shortly after 5 p.m. near Southwest Main and 13th Avenue when he saw “someone along the edge of the street who seemed to be attempting to resuscitate a woman” lying on the ground, Nkenge Harmon Johnson said in an email to The Oregonian.
More Drama in the Cop Shop – A police lieutenant’s legal claim is the command staff’s fourth since winter 2013.
Urban renewal heads to Forest Grove City Council after planning commission recommendation – The plan outlines the large scale projects the city plans to move forward with, the projects’ costs, how it complies with the city’s plans for the next two decades, and how funding from money generated from the area would be allocated.
Ashland City Council to consider utility bill increases – With historically low snowpack in the hills above town, Ashland is racing to complete the Talent-Ashland-Phoenix water pipeline to bring Medford water to Ashland by mid-August.
THE OUTSIDERS WANT IN – Voting is easy in Oregon. We’ve made it easier.
UO campus to develop bike share program– The University of Oregon’s Outdoor Program has received a $200,000 grant from the Associated Students of the University of Oregon to develop a bike share system on campus. Project organizers want to install four bike stations with approximately 10 bikes at each station. Under the plan, students will be able to rent out a bike after paying a one-time annual fee to the university.
Editorial: Battle over dispensaries heads to the courts – The battle over medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon finally landed in the courts last week, as the city of Cave Junction asked a judge to decide whether the state law authorizing the dispensaries complies with the state and U.S. constitutions.
Detroit neighborhoods can pursue homeowner fees under new city law – Detroiters, who have had to deal with a lack of city services, now have the option to pay for enhanced security, snow removal and mosquito abatement in their neighborhood through a special assessment that would show up on their property tax bill.
Judge Paves Way for Voting on Detroit’s Recovery Plan as Two Police Unions Settle – Detroit officials have raced to reach deals with city workers and others in an effort to expedite the process of exiting bankruptcy court by mid-October.
Detroit Cleared to Send Out Ballots – The bankrupt city of Detroit can begin to send out ballots on its debt-cutting plan to more than 100,000 creditors after a judge ruled in favor of the city Monday.
South by Southwest
In victim’s Oklahoma town, no tears for inmate in botched execution – What people remember about Stephanie Neiman is that she played saxophone, loved her truck and spoke her mind. But if you ask somebody who’s lived around Perry, Okla., for a while, they also remember what happened to her, whether they want to or not.
In Missouri, Republicans Prevail on Tax Bill – The Republican-controlled State Senate delivered a defeat to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, sending a bill to reduce the top individual income tax rate to the House.
Backed by Austin Filmmaker, Murderer “Bernie” Could Be Freed – Nearly two decades after Bernie Tiede shot 81-year-old Marjorie Nugent and tucked her body in a deep freezer, he could walk out of jail on Tuesday. But his release would come with two conditions, one of which involves the Austin filmmaker who made Tiede’s crime famous.
G.O.P. Race in North Carolina Begins Pivotal Primary Stretch – Republicans will vote on a Senate nominee to challenge the incumbent Kay Hagan for one of the seats that will determine control of Congress.
North Carolina Senate primary a test for GOP – National politics took center stage Monday in North Carolina’s Republican US Senate primary, a race that offers the year’s first real test of clout between the GOP establishment and grass-roots
Writing a Resume Even Google Loves – It’s about numbers, people.
5 Things to Help Survive a Crisis At Work – Target Corp.’s chief is out in the wake of a massive data breach that exposed customers’ financial information. Here, some tips for surviving mistakes on the job.
Can You Be Yourself On A Job Interview? A B-school Career Services Director called us the other day. “Things are getting better,” she said, “but the tough economy is still hard on our graduating MBAs.
The Secret to Great Facebook Graphics – Have you ever posted a graphic to Facebook and absolutely nailed it? High engagement, lots of comments and shares.
The Twitter Strategy Guide: 14 Twitter Tips to Take Your Tweeting to the Next Levelm – The line between a beginner Twitter user and a seasoned pro is a fine one indeed.
THE EMAIL THAT CREATED A MOVEMENT – HOW ONE EMAIL, ONE HASHTAG, AND ONE COMMITTED WOMAN LAUNCHED A MOVEMENT, A COMMUNITY, AND A PROMISING NEW BUSINESS.
The future of Googling – We may spend a lot less time typing keywords into a blank box.
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