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The role of the arts in thriving communities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The role of the arts in thriving communities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

I'm a big believer in Arts as an economic magnet. I believe one of the indicators of a healthy community – the kind of place that is likely to be loved and endure – is good evidence of creative expression.  Whether it’s painting, photography, music, dance, sculpture, performance or...

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Holland Council Weighs Pioneering Energy Strategy

Holland Council Weighs Pioneering Energy Strategy | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
HOLLAND—The Holland City Council has begun considering an innovative development strategy that would make this town a national leader in energy efficiency and clean energy use..
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WALKABLE Dallas-Fort Worth: Linkages

WALKABLE Dallas-Fort Worth: Linkages | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

A refreshing article. I lived in Dallas for a couple years and found it inhospitable for human life... outside your office or your car. 

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Bill McKibben and Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska on Obama Rejecting Pipeline

Bill McKibben and Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska on Obama Rejecting Pipeline | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The Obama administration has rejected the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline that would stretch from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf Coast.
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Microloan-Giving Tees

Microloan-Giving Tees | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The Naked Hippie - While 'buy one, give one' tees are more popular than ever, the Naked Hippie offers something that strikes a different chord. Rather than focusing o...
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Permaculture Doesn't Work, Says Plant Biologist

Permaculture Doesn't Work, Says Plant Biologist | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Many enthusiastic words have been written about the potential for permaculture to feed the world. One plant biologist has very serious doubts. So what's the problem?
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If Steve Jobs had been African

If Steve Jobs had been African | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Innovation is not what it used to be. It's no longer limited to the usual places, to the usual social groups, or the usual personality types. As it grows in scale, and as more people ...
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Are streets more walkable if the sidewalks are removed? | Sustainable Cities Collective

Are streets more walkable if the sidewalks are removed? | Sustainable Cities Collective | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

For most of us, when we’re walking in the city, the safest place to be is on the pavement or sidewalk. However a new movement in urban street design, called ‘Shared Space’, is challenging this kind of thinking.

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More walkable urban development is good. But is it good enough? | Sustainable Cities Collective

More walkable urban development is good. But is it good enough? | Sustainable Cities Collective | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Where would you rather be?  Here?   Chevy Chase, MD (via Google Earth) Or here?
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Not Your Mama's Martha!: Meal Planning: How to Get Started

Not Your Mama's Martha!: Meal Planning: How to Get Started | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Ever want to start meal planning for yourself?  

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Funny money? 11 local currencies

Funny money? 11 local currencies | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Small towns and cities across the country are cooking up their own colorful currencies to protect against a national economic collapse and boost local spending.
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The Ticker Traverse City Michigan News & Events: The Ticker

The Ticker Traverse City Michigan News & Events: The Ticker | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

TRAVERSE CITY: The Ticker delivers in-depth Traverse City area news - news you won't find anywhere else - directly to your inbox. Visit TheTicker.tc and subscribe today!

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TechCrunch | A City Is A Startup: The Rise Of The Mayor-Entrepreneur

TechCrunch | A City Is A Startup: The Rise Of The Mayor-Entrepreneur | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
On stage at last month's Le Web conference Shervin Pishevar, a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, stated "The World is a Startup." It's an interesting perspective and I think what's true for the world is also true for countries, states and cities.
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10 Essential Needs of a Thriving Community

10 Essential Needs of a Thriving Community | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

An Older Post, but I like the heart in it. Where We Could Be Who We Are When I was kid I used to hide out in my room or in the basement to play music and dance, or paint all afternoon.

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Built by Michigan - Electric Vehicles via MLUI

Built by Michigan - Electric Vehicles via MLUI | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Electric cars are the future of the automobile industry and a key to innovation and leadership in technology and manufacturing in the 21st Century. Our state pioneered the auto industry and now we are at the vanguard of its future.
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What can Olympics fans travelling on bikes expect?

What can Olympics fans travelling on bikes expect? | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

What can London Olympics fans travelling on bikes expect? Wright: I cycled these routes, now usually called greenways, to see what the thousands of cycling visitors have to look forward to...

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The Problem With Palm Trees - Technology - The Atlantic Cities

Palm Trees Wreaking Havoc On Streets:  But while palms are aesthetic superstars, a number of cities have started to recognize that the environmental issues fronds wreak can’t justify the eye candy.

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Angel in the City: Urban Farming: The Green Way Of Living

Urban Farming: The Green Way Of Living
A family in Pasadena California have created their own urban farming facility which I think is fascinating because they run the entire project with solar energy and serve the community with fresh produce from their garden.

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Sustain Yourself and a Family of 4 on a One Acre Tropical Mini-Farm | The Costa Rica News

Sustain Yourself and a Family of 4 on a One Acre Tropical Mini-Farm | The Costa Rica News | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

READY TO MOVE TO COSTA RICA YET?  YOU MIGHT AFTER READING THIS: You do not have to lose curb appeal to have a self-sufficient homestead as Mykal Blueskyes illustrates to you in his lovely rendering here.

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5 Food Labels That Mean Nothing | Foodie Buzz

5 Food Labels That Mean Nothing | Foodie Buzz | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
Food labels such as whole grain, lightly sweetened and free range are not regulated. Don't be fooled! If you want to know what's in your food, read the nutrition labels!
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Top 10 American Downtowns | Top 10 Lists | TopTenz.net

Top 10 American Downtowns | Top 10 Lists | TopTenz.net | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

DETROIT BABY!  As a country, the United States is probably better characterized by suburbia than by urbanity, by sprawling office parks rather than by dense commercial...

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Forest Service Grants $52.2M to Protect Working Forests, Rural Economies

Forest Service Grants $52.2M to Protect Working Forests, Rural Economies | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it
The Forest Legacy Program has protected 2.2 million acres through public-private partnership using federal and leveraged funds of more than $562 million.
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Kiva - Loans that change lives

Kiva - Loans that change lives | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

KIVA Refresher: Make a loan to an entrepreneur across the globe for as little as $25. Kiva is the world's first online lending platform connecting online lenders to entrepreneurs across the globe.

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Garden and Green Space Development to Enhance Cities

Garden and Green Space Development to Enhance Cities | Local Economy in Action | Scoop.it

Five cities win 2012 GRO1000 Awards.

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My Potato Project; The Importance of "Organic"

A child's experiment turns into a lesson on the toxins in our food supply.
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