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Can this tool from 3-D videogames revolutionize street design?

Can this tool from 3-D videogames revolutionize street design? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
For street projects across the country, one of the enduring obstacles to change is simple: decision-makers and community members just aren't able to imagine what a dramatically better street would look like.
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OK gamers and geeks, time to show up at your local planning commision with your PSP and your Wii.

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The Coolest Cubicles in the World

The Coolest Cubicles in the World | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Small is beautiful--and efficient. These freestanding pods, domes, and workstations are so artfully designed and ecologically sound that one might wonder: Is this the future of work?
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Everyone needs to dream a little.

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Community Challenge | Why buying local matters - The Courier-Journal

Community Challenge | Why buying local matters - The Courier-Journal | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Community Challenge | Why buying local matters
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I asked her what in the world she was talking about.
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Just a quick head-nod from Louisville on the subject of buying local.

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Pittsburgh's Tallest Building is Getting Greener

Pittsburgh's Tallest Building is Getting Greener | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The tallest structure between Chicago and Philadelphia is the 64-floor US Steel Tower in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.
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Facelift, inside and out, for Pittsburgh buidling.

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The 'Livability' Trap

The 'Livability' Trap | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
What does it mean for a city to be one of the world's most livable—and who gets to make that decision? Choosing and weighting criteria for "livability" has turned into its own cottage industry.
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I guess we can call this a case of accolade-itis.  In my home town we seem to be swimming in "top 10 this" and "best-of that" claims.  What's it all mean?

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Sherbourne Common / PFS Studio

Sherbourne Common / PFS Studio | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Courtesy of PFS Studio Architects: PFS Studio Location: Toronto, ON, Canada Design Team: The Planning Partnership, Jill Anholt Studio, Teeple
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Sherbourne Common, a Toronto design success story revitalizing a brownfield site into a stunning public space. "Conceived as a catalytic node along the waterfront, Sherbourne Common was built in advance of private development. The commitment to public realm was paramount to the client’s vision for the regeneration of Toronto’s waterfront."

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Mainstreet Minute: Live local first — all of the time - Leavenworth Times

Mainstreet Minute: Live local first — all of the time - Leavenworth Times | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Mainstreet Minute: Live local first — all of the time Leavenworth Times As the holiday hype and hysteria begin in the national media about Black Friday now becoming Black Thanksgiving Night and Cyber Monday has descended into Cyber All the Time, we...
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Love this mainstream article from Leavenworth, KS on the act of "living local" as the holiday consumer crush prepares to meet us all head-on.  

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A Scarcity of Rare Metals Is Hindering Green Technologies

A Scarcity of Rare Metals Is Hindering Green Technologies | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
A shortage of "rare earth" metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies.
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Are our assumptions about the next energy movement flawed?  Where will get the materials to make all this innovative energy infrastructure?  I guess "rare Earth" magnets have that name for a reason.

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Spate of Cycle Deaths in London Sparks Safety Action

Spate of Cycle Deaths in London Sparks Safety Action | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
London is reevaluating its cycling policy following a spate of deaths of bikers on its roads, despite a new cycle "superhighway" being constructed.read more
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Doing the math on this:  that's equivalent to one cycling death per 583,928 citizens in London.  And they're taking action.  In my community of approx. 17,000 we had 2 deaths last summer.  That's one cycling death per 8,500 citizens!

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World's oceans being hit by 'silent storm' of acidification, study finds

World's oceans being hit by 'silent storm' of acidification, study finds | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Global warming is causing a silent storm in the oceans by acidifying waters at a record rate, threatening marine life from coral reefs to fish stocks, an international study showed.
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And to follow up on last night's post from the state of Washington, here's another from our friends down under.

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Want to Have a Happy Planet? Just Ask Costa Ricans About Their Banks

Want to Have a Happy Planet? Just Ask Costa Ricans About Their Banks | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The secret to all the smiles is putting the people first.
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This story is squarely in the middle of the intention of Local Economy in Action.  How to we better impact our local economies?  This article, while showcasing Costa Rica is really about US banks, and how we've chosen to not use the public banking model.  Except of course for the great state of North Dakota which has had its own state bank for decades and which so famously survived the 2008 banking meltdown virtually unscathed.

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Colorado Hemp Farming Regulations Unveiled - KREX News Channel 5

Colorado Hemp Farming Regulations Unveiled - KREX News Channel 5 | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Colorado Hemp Farming Regulations Unveiled KREX News Channel 5 Hemp farmers in Colorado could be asked to pay annual fees of at least $200 and submit to inspections to make sure they're growing industrial hemp and not marijuana, according to...
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Colorado continues its progressive legislation to make hemp farming legal.

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Does Chicago have the Gumption for Gold-Standard Bus Rapid Transit?

Does Chicago have the Gumption for Gold-Standard Bus Rapid Transit? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
A century ago, Chicago’s electrified street cars sped down (mostly) dedicated lanes on busy commercial streets. Today, buses are stuck in the same traffic as everyone else.
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Bus Rapid Transit in the windy city.

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A Native Answer to "The Onion" (And 4 Other Great Things Happening on Reservations)

A Native Answer to "The Onion" (And 4 Other Great Things Happening on Reservations) | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared at Colorlines.


A mural created on the Navajo reservation as part of the Painted Desert Project. Photo by Aura Bogado / Colorlines.com.
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With all the sovereignty challenges going on these days, it's high time for this article. Indian Country is responding to social and political pressure in strikingly innovative ways.

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Small Business Saturday catching on as enticement to shop local - Sacramento Bee

Small Business Saturday catching on as enticement to shop local - Sacramento Bee | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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Small Business Saturday catching on as enticement to shop local
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Amid the chirping, twittering and fluttering, The Bird Shop in Sacramento has all the sounds of a bustling holiday season.
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The Small Business Saturday train marches on.  While I appreciate this, it all seems a bit absurd that we're focusing on only one day each week for something so critical.  Respiration Thursday anyone?  Or how about Emotion Wednesday?

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This Future Map Of The United States Is Way Cooler Than Any Current Map Of The United States

This Future Map Of The United States Is Way Cooler Than Any Current Map Of The United States | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Give me one good reason we shouldn't build this?
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Hope I live long enough to see this, or at least part of it happen.  I love rail travel.

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Where is the Mayor to Soothe Cycle Death Anger?

Where is the Mayor to Soothe Cycle Death Anger? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
I can't remember such palpable anger about cycling in London before. People have stopped me in the street to express their dismay. I've had a torrent of calls from friends telling of their disbelief.
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See what happens when a city of 8 million people express their anger in a mayor's silence regarding a cyclist's death.

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Why Developing Countries Need Sustainable Transport

Why Developing Countries Need Sustainable Transport | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The importance of sustainable urban transport and improved urban development cannot be underestimated.
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We have it easy up here in northern Michigan.  Transportation isn't much of an issue for most of us.  In developing nations transportation may seem like the least of issues to concern themselves with, but this article suggests we should start.

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Pop-Up Planning: New Methods for Transforming the Public Process

Pop-Up Planning: New Methods for Transforming the Public Process | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Calling all urban planners and designers of the public realm! It’s time to turn the traditional planning process on its head! Want to liven up the planning process? Well pop a ‘Pop-Up’ into it and...
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A great call to action from the folks at Future Cape Town.  This South African city is moving fast to make planning a community led process.  Cheers to them!

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The Cool Hunter - IBM's Smarter Cities Billboard Campaign

The Cool Hunter - IBM's Smarter Cities Billboard Campaign | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
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I guess the point is, if you must have billboards you might as well make them work for you.

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Coastal resilience through biomimicry

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Coastal resilience through biomimicry - Mozilla Firefox http://t.co/zNlgWQQBsF
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When I read the term "synthetic dune" I was skeptical. But this is pretty cool.

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In Laid-Back Albuquerque, Millennials See a Chance to Live Well

In Laid-Back Albuquerque, Millennials See a Chance to Live Well | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
When I first started this “Where Millennials Can Make It” series, I put Albuquerque in the category of “Towns Luring Back Their Townies,” likening its appeal to the revitalization happening in Cleveland or Pittsburgh.
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Many people across North America only know Albuquerque, New Mexico as the place where Breaking Bad's Walter White plies his trade. Behind the sand-blown facade there's a real community growing.

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The Rapid Pickling Of The World’s Oceans Affects More Than Just Shellfish

The Rapid Pickling Of The World’s Oceans Affects More Than Just Shellfish | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
By 2100, ocean acidification is predicted to increase by 170 percent if current rates of greenhouse gas emissions continue. More acidic water will make the oceans unlivable for about 30 percent of ocean species.
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Lest anyone think climate change isn't affecting the economy.

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Financial innovation is the next big thing in clean energy and efficiency | SmartPlanet

Financial innovation is the next big thing in clean energy and efficiency | SmartPlanet | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
A new wave of investment in renewable energy and efficiency upgrades is being driven by innovation in finance — not in technology, policy or bus
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Peru Uses Climate Twist to Lure Tourists to Shrinking Glacier

By Mitra Taj HUARAZ, Peru (Reuters) - In its heyday, the Pastoruri glacier in central Peru, drew daily throngs of tourists packed into dozens of double-decker buses 16,000-feet (5,0000-meters) high into the Andes to ski, build snowmen and scale its...
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Chalk this one up to cynical eco-tourism.

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