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Downtowns: How Did We Get Here?

Kennedy Smith is considered one of the nation's leading experts on downtowns, downtown economics, independent business development and the economic impact of urban sprawl, with a long career in downtown revitalization.

 

This video discusses the decline of the American Central Business District, the rise of shopping malls, the importance of the automobile and spatial organization of particular economic sectors.

 

Parts Two  http://vimeo.com/37041011 ; and Three  http://vimeo.com/37050944 ; continue the discussion with an emphasis on practical urban planning policies for small cities to revitalize the downtown region with some domestic and foreign examples. 


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 12, 2013 12:38 AM

I have wondered about that where these downtowns came from. I have thought of it because I am very curious to learn about downtown providence and how it became a downtown. Where did the word downtown come from? It is amazing how things are being called in this world.

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How much each state spends on aid to poor workers

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If you work here, you'll make at least $70K a year

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I can't agree with everything mentioned in this article, but the overall message something that I do think is worth discussing.  Our society can be swayed by fear and a few statistics to wildly overreact to a situation (Ebola, Y2K, etc.).  So many movies tap into the our societal fears that an over dependence on technology or chemical alterations will destroy humanity (like Terminator, the Matrix, the Net, etc.).  The anti-GMO movement successfully taps into that cultural zeitgeist, and some like 'the Food Babe' stir up fear to the chagrin of many scientists.     

 

Tags: GMOstechnology, agriculture, agribusiness.

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The South Is the Region With the Fewest Breweries—Here's Why

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What do you get when you mix corporate interest with religiously motivated temperance? A whole lot of Budweiser.

 

Around the nation, big beer producers contribute to the campaigns of politicians who will support policies that discourage competition from local upstarts—for example, taxes on breweries and laws that prevent breweries from selling their kegs directly to consumers (instead of through a distributor). But what's unique about the South is that there's a voting bloc—the Baptists—whose moral stance against alcohol happens to align with large producers' desires to keep new competitors from getting started in the business. The support of Baptists provides Southern politicians with a reason to hinder brewers that politicians in other regions don't have. As a result, the states with the most Baptists tend to have the fewest breweries.


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I think I passed on all of the important words. I am sure that I failed on the cultural references.
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Why Europe’s most powerful man got covered in confetti

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Bill Gassett's curator insight, April 16, 11:15 AM

When you are buying a home for the first time it can certainly be overwhelming. Many first time home buyers get so caught up in the excitement of buying their first place they lose sight of some things that are really important.


Of course when buying a first home the financial aspect is super critical. Most people love to have an opportunity to save money which is exactly what you will find in this super article put together by @Jacob Grant Property Management


These guys have put together a whole boat load of tips designed for first time home buyers to save some cash as well making sound financial decisions.


Some of the tips you will find include:

1.) Having contingency clauses in your real estate contract that protect your interests as  buyer.


2.) Considering taxes where you are purchasing. Taxes can vary quite a bit from city or town. Make sure you are buying into a community that is worth the taxes for your particular needs.


3.) Have a home inspection! Home inspections are the #1 place where real estate sales fall apart. It is wise to make sure the home you are buying is rock solid.


4.) Shop the mortgage - when buying a home there are tons of types of home loans. Make sure you get the one that fits your financial needs.


5.) Consider all expenses - buying a home involves more than paying the principle, insurance and taxes. Understand all the expenses surrounding your home purchase.


6.) Avoid PMI if possible. PMI stands for private mortgage insurance. This is typically required unless you have a 20% down payment. If you can come up with the 20 percent it will usually make sense to do so.


7.) Are you buying into an HOA? Make sure if you are buying into an HOA you understand exactly what you are getting. Do you like the rules you will be governed by?


8.) Don't over spend on your home - some buyers stretch themselves thin. Make sure you have a reserve fund put aside in case of emergencies.


9.) Bundle your insurance - when buying a home it makes sense to bundle your insurance with your car and anything else you have insurance for. This can save you some serious money!


Take a look at all of these tips and more. While reading the article make sure you check out some of the other excellent resources as well including those from @Kyle Hiscock, @Andrew Fortune, and a few others.


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Percy Sledge's 'When a Man Loves a Woman' Captures the Terror of Love

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Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Extend the Age of Oil

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The biggest exporter has let prices plummet—delaying the day when climate concerns, efficiency, and fuel switching break the world’s dependence on crude.

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How Capitalism Created 'Cool'

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Stephane Mahe/Reuters When I was in middle school, there was a year when I was obsessed with jeans from The Gap.
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Working, but Needing Public Assistance Anyway

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A University of California study finds that taxpayer money is effectively subsidizing employers who pay at or around the minimum wage.

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Stunning images show WW1 scenes as they are today

Stunning images show WW1 scenes as they are today | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
YOU can almost reach out and touch the past.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, April 13, 11:18 PM

Incredible images would make a fabulous Past/Present activity for students. Cheryl Ward and Bernard de Broglio made this haunting collection of pictures by seamlessly combining contemporary images with eyewitness photographs taken on Lemnos in 1915.

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Cultural Meaning in Moving Monuments

Cultural Meaning in Moving Monuments | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Ever since I researched the meanings of monuments in the cultural landscape in Mexico City, I’ve been fascinated by the cultural politics of memory and heritage. The removal of a statue is a cultural 180, acknowledging what was once honored and revered is now something that is not worthy of that distinction. This sort of change is not without protests on both sides and a cultural rearticulation of who 'we' are when 'we' make a public memorial."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 14, 7:40 PM

Cecil Rhodes was the namesake for the Rhodes scholarship at Oxford University and the colonial names of Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) and Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia).  He was deeply connected to British colonialism and was one of the most ambitious colonizers that expanded the British Empire.  This week a statue of Cecil Rhodes on the University of Cape Town campus was removed.  See the BBC article, Yahoo News!, and PRI podcastfor more details


Questions to Ponder: Why do you think this monument to Cecil Rhodes was established in 1934?  Why was it removed in 2015?  What does this say about South African politics and culture?  How might we characterize the supporters and opponents of the statue?


Tags: South Africa, Africa, historical, colonialism, political, landscape.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, April 14, 7:52 PM

I have been to South Africa. The country is very still divided in many ways. My question is do our American students even know the history and geography of Africa? Do they know how the Europeans partitioned the continent ( divvied it up and laid claim to regions ) and that they did this across tribal lands to cause difficulty.

 

I understand the Rhodes scholarship, but it would be good for students and teachers to have ideationa scaffolding to understand the problems of today caused by practices of yesterday.

Rob Duke's curator insight, April 14, 9:41 PM

There's a lesson here in the symbols of conflict resolution....what symbolic monuments do we have to move to solve social conflicts?

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​How today's mega-wealthy fly the friendly skies - CBS News

​How today's mega-wealthy fly the friendly skies - CBS News | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The latest customized aircraft, with plenty of legroom and luxury, are taking the jet set to new heights
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Eating To Break 100: Longevity Diet Tips From The Blue Zones

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The centenarians living in Blue Zones aren't drinking Ensure or eating chocolate ice cream. Instead, many are drinking wine, and all are eating beans. But living to 100 isn't just about diet.
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Forget The Pitch: To Answer “What Do You Do?” Share A 30-Second Story

Forget The Pitch: To Answer “What Do You Do?” Share A 30-Second Story | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Learn how to create and tell simple sales stories to effectively communicate your value proposition when potential prospects ask "What do you do?"

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 13, 11:40 AM

One of my former clients, Andy Paul @ZeroTimeSelling  of Zero Time Selling, writes this post that is right on.


When someone asks you, "What do you do?" -- forget the elevator speech!! Yes, that's right. Just drop it. Share a 30-40 second client story instead. You will get way better results.


What kinds of results? Memorability. The listener will know the difference you make and the value  you bring. You will have begun a relationship, turning a prospect into a warmer lead. These are all things we want.


Andy's post tells you exactly how to create a 30-40 second story. I've used this technique for years and it really works!


The only suggestion I would add is to make sure your customer story makes your customer the hero -- not your. Show the listener how the client was able to do something extraordinary. Everyone wants to be the hero. You are the secondary character.


Go read this post and try it out this week. You'll be glad you did!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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50 Reasons to #LoveTheWorld

50 Reasons to #LoveTheWorld | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
We asked a range of people, from writers and chefs to musicians and photographers, to share one experience from the last year that truly inspired them – something that, in no uncertain terms, reminded them why they love the world. Madly. Here's what they told us.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 13, 12:30 PM

Most geographers have more than a little bit of wanderlust.  This BBC article is filled with images, quotes and insights into places all around the globe that fill me will a sense of awe and wonder.  For students that have the curiosity, it our mission as educators to cultivate that and help them frame information about the world into a geographic perspective.  I've always felt that window-seat flyers are have the seed of a geographer embedded within them...let's make sure those seeds can grow. 


Tags: place, tourism.

LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, April 14, 9:45 AM

The World is beautiful, but that is not being advertised except by those who want to make money with its beauty (tourism), or call attention to the fact we are destroying it (ecologists). News of destruction and suffering and corruption fill the news outlets, giving us a warped, one percent view of the planet we live in. The only one we have.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 18, 3:22 PM

Traveling around the world exposes all culture, traditions and history that probably you will fall in love with. These outstanding images around the world empathize regions, food, people, space, and how people survive on a daily basis will make your mind travel and enjoy places. In every image, we can take and admire sceneries from every single part of the world. Photography captures every image such of cultures, sceneries and geography for people who cannot afford to travel around world.

Break Dancing, Phnom Penh-Style

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9 Things You Can Do to Feel More Confident

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One way to make a good first impression is to go into a situation with your chin up, head held high, exuding confidence. New research says we judge how confident others are in just .2 seconds, and if you’re feeling weak or insecure, your voice will give you away almost immediately. Here, a few scientifically proven ways to boost your self-esteem. 

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