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How Suburban Sprawl Works Like a Ponzi Scheme - Jobs
Indeed, my friend Charles Marohn and his colleagues at the Minnesota-based nonprofit Strong Towns have made a very compelling case that suburban sprawl is basically a Ponzi scheme, in which municipalities expand infrastructure hoping to attract new taxpayers that can pay off the mounting costs associated with the last infrastructure expansion, over and over. Especially as maintenance costs increase, there is never enough to pay the bill, because we are building in such expensive, inefficient ways.
urban  urbanism  design  architecture  infrastructure  government  local  municipal  economics  development  suburbia 
october 2011 by tsuomela
American Association for State and Local History
AASLH began in 1904, under the wing of the American Historical Association. Then called the Conference of State and Local Historical Societies, AASLH broke out on its own in December of 1940 to become the American Association for State and Local History
history  professional-association  associations  state  local  regional  museum  organizations 
may 2010 by tsuomela
Public Policy Forum
Established in 1913 as a good government watchdog, the nonpartisan Public Policy Forum currently focuses its policy research on a broad range of issues affecting southeastern Wisconsin, the state and the nation. They include education, tax and economic development policy, transportation, public safety, health, public infrastructure and other quality of life concerns.
politics  public-policy  state(Wisconsin)  forum  local  participation 
march 2010 by tsuomela
GOVERNING connects America's leaders by providing intelligence and analysis on management, policy and politics to help guide and inspire innovative leaders across state and local government.
politics  economics  media  government  magazine  state  local  management  leadership  governance  political-science 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Complementary Currencies |
Marketplace is an all-embracing and flexible package which goes the extra mile for you. The main module is transactions, which provides a payment form and a transaction contentType and exposure to views. There are many views, blocks, actions, etc ready to use.
currency  economics  community  money  activism  business  local  sustainability  alternative  complementary  alternative-currency  drupal  software 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Digital Explorations
We believe in the promise of social media, and the power of gathering together to create better worlds. We work with towns to set up Centers for Community Digital Exploration, where townspeople gather to explore digital media and to share local expertise and experience.
social-media  computer  technology  community  local 
april 2009 by tsuomela
DIY Currencies - Dual Perspectives -
nods to Douglas Rushkoff's promotion of alternative/complementary currencies.
alternative-currency  money  economics  local 
april 2009 by tsuomela
How to Save the World - A Paean to Activists
But if you believe that the sum of a million local efforts is somehow more than the sum of a million local efforts, I must beg to differ. For every local success there are many local failures, dozens of errors of stupidity and unimaginativeness and greed and ignorance and disinformation, that will need us to act to educate and persuade and mobilize and connect and reframe and intervene and subvert, next week and next year, to undo the damage that grows everywhere and every day. The battle of the local activist is always a heroic but rear-guard action, a minimizing of cumulative losses.
activism  politics  future  optimism  pessimism  local 
december 2008 by tsuomela
TwitterLocal lets you generate an RSS or XML Feed to filter out Tweets around a certain area.
twitter  tool  local  geography 
april 2008 by tsuomela
experimental college, open education initiative from macalester and university of minnesota students
academic  community  commons  courses  education  free  learning  local  minneapolis  minnesota 
march 2008 by tsuomela

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