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Buy local vs grey market?

What do you think? Here i share my thoughts and experiences of buying electronics locally and from Grey market sellers. ThatNikonGuy has been renamed to 'Mat...
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A helpful little video from Australia on the economic realities of buying your electronic gear locally or through "grey" markets online.

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New York's High Line hit by hardy cockroaches never before seen in US

New York's High Line hit by hardy cockroaches never before seen in US | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
One of New York's newest tourist attractions has unwelcome visitor - a cockroach that can withstand the harsh winter cold The High Line, a park that turned a dilapidated stretch of elevated railway on Manhattan's West Side into one of New York's...
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Ouch! This is one of my favorite spots in New York.

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Design the City: Making the case for Bellville Central Area

Design the City: Making the case for Bellville Central Area | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The Greater Tygerberg Partnership (GTP) closed the Design the City series of seminars on Friday 15 November with a final session dedicated to “Institutions: Learning & Health and Government Planning, Transport & Housing”.
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This has become my favorite city-planning blog globablly.  It's suggests there's so much going on in Cape Town.  And I'm happy to continue putting focus on South Africa's new economy, especially on the heals of Nelson Mandela's passing.

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Awesome Infographics Show Benefits of Sustainable Transport

Awesome Infographics Show Benefits of Sustainable Transport | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
These infographics highlight the many co-benefits of sustainable transport – which are so numerous that when you focus on just one it’s easy to lose sight of the others.
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A ton of global transporation data crammed into this infographic.  It's a "take what you need" approach as a lot of it broadly and loosely connected.

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The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think

The Movement to Live More Simply Is Older Than You Think | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes took simple living to the extreme, and lived in an old wine barrel. Painting by Jean-Léon Gérôme, used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
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Ancient reference points on how we should live.  Small and simple was already cool a long time ago, and it wasn't just for eccentrics and radicals.

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Why do some bike-share systems succeed and others fail? The Bike-Sharing Planning Guide explains

Why do some bike-share systems succeed and others fail? The Bike-Sharing Planning Guide explains | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
You have to get five things right: density, the number of bikes, the coverage area, nice bikes and easy to use stations. Supportive politicians help too. (Why do some bike-share systems succeed and others fail?
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That's an answer better left to consultants... oh wait, I am one of those.

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Detroit Greenway Recommended For $3.4 Million Grant | Mode Shift: Move Together

Detroit Greenway Recommended For $3.4 Million Grant | Mode Shift: Move Together | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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Detroit... BIKE CITY!

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12 Corporate Espionage Tactics Used Against Leading Progressive Groups, Activists and Whistleblowers

12 Corporate Espionage Tactics Used Against Leading Progressive Groups, Activists and Whistleblowers | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Corporate spies for Dow, Kraft and others have tried to discredit, shame and infiltrate civic groups using an array of dirty tricks.
Posing as volunteers. Planting electronic bugs. Tapping phones and voicemail.
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Shhhh.... don't tell anybody, but we're being watched.  If you've ever watched Homeland, with all it's listening and watching gadgets, that fictional show has nothing on corporate America's sneaks.

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Advocates: Real Christmas trees aid local economy, environment - Indianapolis Star

Advocates: Real Christmas trees aid local economy, environment - Indianapolis Star | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Jacksonville Daily News Advocates: Real Christmas trees aid local economy, environment Indianapolis Star That's one reason the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is encouraging Hoosiers to buy Indiana-grown Christmas trees, which are...
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From my corner of the world Christmas trees grow like weeds.  It's difficult to drive to this town from elsewhere without seeing scores of farms with perfect rows just waiting for the fall's trucks.  This article comes to us from Indianapolis, begging the question "Where does your Christmas tree grow?"

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Economist Challenges Idea of Aging Farmer Crisis - ABC News

Economist Challenges Idea of Aging Farmer Crisis - ABC News | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Economist Challenges Idea of Aging Farmer Crisis
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Agriculture economists have long warned that farmers are getting old and staying on their land longer, delaying the turnover to a younger generation.
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What this researcher doesn't seem to understand is that there's a huge gap that's been opened up between farmers and land-holders.  Through most of our agricultural history in the US these were one in the same.  That's simply an assumption that should not be made today and has a huge impact on potential sustainability of farms.

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Queensland ponders relaxing cycle helmet laws - The Australian

Queensland ponders relaxing cycle helmet laws - The Australian | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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Queensland ponders relaxing cycle helmet laws
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He says it's a great step forward but he is worried about changing the rules on helmets. “We should think long and hard before relaxing helmet laws.
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Rethinking helmet laws.  

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The Revitalization of The American Passenger Railroad System

The Revitalization of The American Passenger Railroad System | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
With the maturation of the two dominant forms of American transportation, the airplane and automobile, the country is in transportation crisis.
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Up here in northern Michigan we're trying to fix the crisis before it starts.  Hopefully we'll stay ahead of the curve.

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Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project

Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

The death of local activist and environmentalist Bob Russell left a huge void in northern Michigan. His longtime dedication to justice, connection to the earth, and his belief in the importance of knowledge anchored a life of service and achievement. Bob had many talents indeed, but it was his passion for learning—his discipline to study and his unyielding drive to gather information—that, as much as anything, defined his effectiveness as a leader, and will be missed in northern Michigan.

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Bob Russell was a leader in my community here in Northwest Lower Michigan.  His passion for creating resilient communities, here and elsewhere has inspired many.  This project, led by a consortium of fans and followers, is extending Bob's legacy with the Bob Russell Resilience Reading Project.  Our first book is Michael Pollan's "Cooked".  Pick up your own copy of the book and help us spread the word about this important regional initiative.

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The World's Most Liveable City For 2013 Is..

The World's Most Liveable City For 2013 Is.. | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Officials in Melbourne, Australia, would like to inform you the Victorian capital has now been ranked the world's most livable city for three straight years.
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Bellingham's 'MyDowntown' planning effort confronts crime, obstacles to ... - Bellingham Herald

Bellingham's 'MyDowntown' planning effort confronts crime, obstacles to ... - Bellingham Herald | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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Bellingham's 'MyDowntown' planning effort confronts crime, obstacles to ...
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Images from the Bellingham Police Department's sweep of downtown on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
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We often look to the northwest part of the country for guidance and models of how to do planning right.  Here's coverage from Bellingham, WA on their efforts to battle crime with planning.

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Welcome to SitOrSquat

Welcome to SitOrSquat | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Looking for a pit stop? Search, view, rate, and add bathrooms! Download the app for your smartphone and enjoy the go while you are on the go!
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Wow.  This is a bizarre website, hosted by none other than Charmin.  But if you need to "go on the go" SitOrSquat is your app.


I tried it for my home town in Traverse City, MI and it's quite laughable.  The map data is hilariously inaccurate.  The only available location in my downtown is listed as a winery, that doesn't exist, mapped in the middle of a parking lot.


Results may vary.  Hope you can hold it in.

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THOUGHT FOR FOOD: Local Food ~ Local Economy Panel ...

THOUGHT FOR FOOD: Local Food ~ Local Economy Panel ... | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Becky is a passionate advocate and teacher, actively working toward community resilience as director of Pikes Peak Permaculture. In addition to ...
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Turnips in Space: NASA Gets Into Inter-Planetary Farming - Greatist

Turnips in Space: NASA Gets Into Inter-Planetary Farming - Greatist | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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Turnips in Space: NASA Gets Into Inter-Planetary Farming
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Ground control to Farmer Tom! NASA recently announced that they're working on a project to grow fresh vegetables (including basil, cress, and turnips) on the moon.
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This is about as "un-local" as we get on this blog.  Farming in space!  Sounds like a 50's sci-fi flick, doesn't it?  

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Young people shaping our cities

Young people shaping our cities | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The median age of the population in Africa is 18. In South Africa it is 25.  Combine this with the local and global challenge of youth unemployment (1 in every 2 young people in South Africa have no job), the rapid pace of urbanisation and the...
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Another great piece from the folks in Capetown, South Africa about connecting youth to planning processes.  The article goes on to list other cities around the world already beginning to make this connection.  Well done!

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The Start of a Future – The South African City Futures Project

The Start of a Future – The South African City Futures Project | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The South African City Futures Project is a collaborative research project led by the South African Cities Network (SACN), in conjunction with the African Centre for Cities, Architects’ Collective and various partners.
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I spent several years doing consulting work in South Africa, and I grew to love the country.  The folks at Future Cape Town are doing amazing community building work with design.

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The World's Most Terrifying Public Transit Rides | Autopia | Wired.com

The World's Most Terrifying Public Transit Rides | Autopia | Wired.com | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The scariest parts of most commutes may be missing a bus or finding an unidentifiable substance spilled on the seat of a train. But some passengers have it worse. A lot worse.
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While growing up in New York I experieinced many a terrifying transit ride.  Usually the worst were overloaded busses on the route to school. (For me the #40 on E. Tremont).  Kids would jam into the bus to the point where the last few would be hanging out the doors, or half-way closed doors.  On a winter day, the smell was horrible.  But there are so many more stories....

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Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets in 100 Cities

Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets in 100 Cities | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
A growing movement of fast-food workers is seeking to press McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other restaurant chains to raise pay to $15 an hour.
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It seems like a real movement is growing in the hallways of fast food restaurants across the country.

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The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By Ending The Culture Of Cars

The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By Ending The Culture Of Cars | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The difference between this Dutch city and most North American commuter towns is that it actually makes good on its promise of safety security and...
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At some point I've just started to tire of telling triumphant stories of Holland doing all the cool community design stuff.  Jeesh!

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Infographic: Retailers Turn Thanksgiving Into Black Thursday

Infographic: Retailers Turn Thanksgiving Into Black Thursday | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Exposing true toll of Black Friday on workers.
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Some thoughts on Black Friday from the point of view of those who work it.

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The Hidden Army that Cities must Deploy to Achieve Sustainability

The Hidden Army that Cities must Deploy to Achieve Sustainability | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
An army of secret warriors is being deployed increasingly by cities and managers of the built environment around the world. Their vital task is to make visible where energy is being wasted, saving carbon and money for everyone.
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I like the underground, grassroots, subterfuge this suggests.

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