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My Jakarta: Arifin, Bicycle Coffee Vendor | The Jakarta Globe

My Jakarta: Arifin, Bicycle Coffee Vendor | The Jakarta Globe | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Afrin, who sells coffee to Jakarta’s thirsty residents, says that rainy days are the best for business.
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Keeps coming back around to me wanting a job selling coffee on a bike. Must give this more thought.

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Local Economy in Action This Week

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This is my collection of news, articles, interviews, videos, and other ideas that we've found related to Local Economy. It's a wide swath cut into the topic as we cover everything from permaculture, small farms, gardening, energy, politics, transportation, infrastructure, and other elements that make up a community and how it works economically.

We put these here in one place after weeding through the chaff. We provide what's interesting and pertinent while excluding purely promotional materials. You should feel confident when you click on one of these links that it won't lead you through some spammy, scammy, adventure before you get to the heart of the matter.

I thank you for tuning in and suggest that you subscribe to the topic so you'll get daily updates from us. Also, feel free to suggest content for inclusion.

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Michigan Land Use Institute
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California drought 'a borderline catastrophe' in rural area - The Seattle Times

California drought 'a borderline catastrophe' in rural area - The Seattle Times | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

trCalifornia drought 'a borderline catastrophe' in rural area
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California drought 'a borderline catastrophe' in rural area. Dwindling water supplies are rousing anxieties in rural communities across the state.

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I'm thinking truckers could make a killing hauling Michigan snow to California about now.

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L.A. Offers DIY Urban Design Kits

L.A. Offers DIY Urban Design Kits | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
People St makes it way easier for community members to get a pedestrian plaza, mini park or bike parking approved. (RT @kaboom: Yes!
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Good sense planning & design ONE, car-centricism ZERO.

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Before the burn: Downtown's Life Cube an inviting canvas for artists - Las Vegas Sun

Before the burn: Downtown's Life Cube an inviting canvas for artists - Las Vegas Sun | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Before the burn: Downtown's Life Cube an inviting canvas for artists
Las Vegas Sun
Downtown's Life Cube is taking on a, well, life of its own.
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We could all use more murals in our lives.

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This Super Useful App Wants to Change How We Get Around Cities

This Super Useful App Wants to Change How We Get Around Cities | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
RideScout co-founder Joseph Kopser would love if his transportation app were the last one you ever downloaded. Whereas most city transportation services offer their own app, RideScout collects all the services in a single interface.
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Because you can never have enough apps.

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Mansfield's Planned Bike Lanes Part of a U.N.-Led Conspiracy, the Tea Party Says

Mansfield's Planned Bike Lanes Part of a U.N.-Led Conspiracy, the Tea Party Says | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
In a secret underground lair somewhere deep below Europe, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is hunched over a map of...
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Bru ha ha ha ha ha.  My bike is an instrument of Agenda 21.  

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Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All

Technology Is Not Driving Us Apart After All | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
It turns out, we may be more social than we were 30 years ago — at least in public spaces.
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Very cool story about revisiting a ground-breaking study of social interactions in NYC public spaces.  How has technology impacted social interaction?

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Portraits of Resilience

Portraits of Resilience | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Resilience is the ability to overcome adversity, cope with setbacks, and persevere in the face of   trauma and deprivation. India Kandahar, Afghanistan The greatest glory in living lies not in neve...
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A little perspective.

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Driver who hit pro cyclists gets 7 days in jail - Tucson Velo

Driver who hit pro cyclists gets 7 days in jail - Tucson Velo | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The driver who hit a professional cycling team in Tucson last February has been sentenced to seven days in jail and two years probation. Rodney Kinkade, Jr.
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This makes me want to get on my bike and run a bunch of pick-up trucks off the road. Take that justice! No wait... the snow will do that for me tonight anyway. When was the last time you heard of a cyclist stuck in a ditch?

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Does Poverty Make People Obese, or Does Obesity Make People Poor?

Does Poverty Make People Obese, or Does Obesity Make People Poor? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
ReutersA new article by John Cawley in NBER Reporter, "The Economics of Obesity," poses an interesting question right at the top. Why study obesity like an economic problem, anyway?
There are two broad answers.
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And who's brave enough to answer this question?

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Electric buses with wireless charging set for UK runs in Milton Keynes

Electric buses with wireless charging set for UK runs in Milton Keynes | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The UK can celebrate the launch of its first electric bus routes, to swing into operation this month in Milton Keynes, where eight electric buses will be running, taking over a busy 'Number 7' 15-mile route, and covering two...
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Nice.

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The world's best designed restaurants are in Toronto. Here's why

The world's best designed restaurants are in Toronto. Here's why | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
With a mix of homegrown chic, elegance and global innovation, Toronto architects are defining global trends.
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Toronto is one of my favorite North American cities.  And just a nine hour drive from my home town in northern Michigan.

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50 years after landmark report on smoking, 8 million lives saved ...

50 years after landmark report on smoking, 8 million lives saved ... | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Alpha 1 Antitrypsin, Alpha-1 Foundation. English. Alpha-1 Foundation in Google Plus · Alpha-1 Foundation in Twitter · Alpha-1 Foundation in Facebook · magazine / brochures · donate · Alphas, Friends & Family ...
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This report helped change how we all breathe.

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Loss of only grocer hurts rural Vinton County - Columbus Dispatch

Loss of only grocer hurts rural Vinton County - Columbus Dispatch | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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Loss of only grocer hurts rural Vinton County
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View Slideshow Ashleigh Ferguson Claar The McArthur SuperValu store, Vinton County's only supermarket, closed on Sept.
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Another food desert in the making?

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Four reasons US business leaders want to import Danish-style cycling

Four reasons US business leaders want to import Danish-style cycling | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Michael Andersen: At long last, cycling is being supported by American business – not out of environmentalism but because it's delivering profit (Bike parking generates 3 times the amount of retail revenue than the same size car-parking
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I just wonder if we can also mandate using those cool Dutch bikes.

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PHOTOS: What Snow Tells Us About Creating Better Public Spaces on E. Passyunk Avenue | This Old City

PHOTOS: What Snow Tells Us About Creating Better Public Spaces on E. Passyunk Avenue | This Old City | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
After record amounts of snow this year in Philadelphia, you could be excused for not wanting to see any more of it. But today's snow actually brought us some pretty cool ideas for public spaces and traffic safety improvements along E. Passyunk Avenue in South Philly.
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Love this.  Works the same for sidewalks too.  Look at sidewalks in the summer, then watch where pedestrians actually walk in the winter.  Jeffersonian, rectilinear, architecture's downfall.

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Where's Your Head At? Creative Placemaking in 2014 | NEA

Where's Your Head At? Creative Placemaking in 2014 | NEA | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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Creative placemaking and the arts. Via NEA.

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Why We Shouldn't Obsess Over the Falling Homeownership Rate

Why We Shouldn't Obsess Over the Falling Homeownership Rate | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
In the midst of the recession, millions of Americans began to "double up," in the language of demographers: Parents moved in with their children, recent college graduates returned home with their parents, unrelated families combined households,...
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I understand this concept. We've decided to stay in our current, smallish, home for strategic financial reasons.  I get it.

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The U.S. government keeps predicting we’ll drive more than we actually do

The U.S. government keeps predicting we’ll drive more than we actually do | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Comparing forecasts with reality and why it's a problem for policymakers.

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It's no wonder cities around the country continue to clamor for more road-building.  They're relying on predictive data that is far from reality.

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Bike-friendly sites a must

Bike-friendly sites a must | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
All new developments should be required to discourage solo car trips, RAC says. (Bike-friendly sites a must - Yahoo!
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As much time as we spend on issues of zoning and planning for building code compliance, why not start building in transportation code too?  This article from Australia gives us a clue just how forward thinking community planning can be.

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Envy and the Corporate Shuttle Debate- Psyched in San Francisco

Envy and the Corporate Shuttle Debate- Psyched in San Francisco | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
For those of us earning ordinary money the corporate shuttle buses are the place that we see the inequality, and feel our twinge of envy, everyday.
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Corporate shuttle debate?  I know of no such things where I live and ride.  But politics are always fascinating around transportation.

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The Right Way to Merge Lanes to Avoid Traffic Jams and Road Rage

The Right Way to Merge Lanes to Avoid Traffic Jams and Road Rage | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The world can be divided into two kinds of drivers: Those that get over into a lane to exit or merge early (lineuppers) and those that zoom by until the last moment (sidezoomers), cutting the line in a sense.
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Just in case you wanted to make sure you got the front of the queue as you approached a "right lane ends" sign on the road.

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A clean slate to reinvent downtown Las Vegas - VEGAS INC

A clean slate to reinvent downtown Las Vegas - VEGAS INC | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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A clean slate to reinvent downtown Las Vegas
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Downtown is peppered with vacant lots, unlike many other major cities' urban centers, which are more fully developed.
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I've always appreciated the view of Las Vegas through the lens of Stephen King's book The Stand.  Two people are representative of good and evil.  Guess which city Mr. Evil chooses to call home?  So if there's a town that needs reinvention, this is it.

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'Citizen artist' spreads message of peace to neighborhoods - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

'Citizen artist' spreads message of peace to neighborhoods - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
'Citizen artist' spreads message of peace to neighborhoods
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Howard Aikens of Point Breeze walked the whole route after hearing Ms.
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Art as inspiration and local economy leadership.

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Reframing the Commonwealth: Commercial or Civic?

Reframing the Commonwealth: Commercial or Civic? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
“What do we really want from the businesses in our communities?...Perhaps we first need to ask: what kind of community do we want?
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This is the first of a two-part essay that examines our understanding of The Commons.

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Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy | Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Organic mega flow battery promises breakthrough for renewable energy | Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
RT @mark_lynas: Harvard announces grid-scale battery storage breakthrough: http://t.co/azCBdsTY7T Flow battery: great news for clean energy!
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Very cool science coming out of Harvard no less.   This could be a game changer for solar and wind energy connected to the grid.

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