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Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity

Chicago's Riverwalk Project: Revitalization, public space + community identity | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans in November to expand the city’s Riverwalk by six blocks, tying public space along Lake Michigan to the confluence of the river’s three branches at Wolf Point.

Conceptual plans establish identities for each of the six blocks from State Street west to Lake Street.

The project is intended to draw more recreation to the riverfront, presumably to include kayaking at the Cove and the Marina, and fishing at the jetty. After the state com- mitted $10 million to clean up the Chicago River, the Environmental Protection Agency followed suit, ordering a cleanup for the wastewater-ridden waterway downtown that would be comprehensive enough to make stretches actually clean enough for swimming.

The design team for the expansion is composed of Sasaki Associates, Alfred Benesch & Co., Ross Barney Architects, and Jacobs/Ryan Associates.

 

Visit the link to learn more about this large-scale revitalization effort and development of green public space in Chicago.


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Wait not in vain

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The problem is that water expands when it freezes. If that water is in living tissue, it does all sorts of damage in the process. But an alliance of experts, ranging from surgeons and biochemists to mechanical engineers and food scientists, is attempting to overcome this inconvenient fact. And, after years of labour, many of them think they are on the threshold of success, and that cryopreservation will soon become a valuable technology.
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“It’s going to be hard to change the Republican party”: E.J. Dionne explains how the right went wrong — and helped create Donald Trump and Ted Cruz

“It’s going to be hard to change the Republican party”: E.J. Dionne explains how the right went wrong — and helped create Donald Trump and Ted Cruz | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
E.J. Dionne explains why Republicans must moderate themselves -- or doom any hope of a functional government
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Dionne's book: "Why Americans Hate Politics" is a polisci classic.

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How snow exacerbates the weaknesses of suburban road design

How snow exacerbates the weaknesses of suburban road design | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
A lot of people had awful commutes last night, thanks to snow. And a lot of people had fine ones. One explanation for the difference: Suburban roads are far more susceptible to catastrophic breakdown than urban street grids.
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Why Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations?

Why Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
No, I don’t think so. First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive. The real issue is when we look at the poverty rate among the African American community, when we look at the high unemployment rate within the African American community, we have a lot of work to do.

So I think what we should be talking about is making massive investments in rebuilding our cities, in creating millions of decent paying jobs, in making public colleges and universities tuition-free, basically targeting our federal resources to the areas where it is needed the most and where it is needed the most is in impoverished communities, often African American and Latino.
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The centre cannot hold

The centre cannot hold | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Two moderate members of Congress explain why they are leaving
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Congress used to be full of members like Mr Hanna and Mr Israel: moderates who reflected the middle-class, middle-of-the-road districts that elected them. They are an endangered species, and worth heeding. Congress will not be saved without them.

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Scientists say human greenhouse gas emissions have canceled the next ice age

Scientists say human greenhouse gas emissions have canceled the next ice age | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
At a time of intense planetary warming, it's odd to even contemplate a counterfactual world in which we might instead be in or heading into a glacial period, sometimes more popularly called an "ice age."
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This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering

This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
It would be easy enough to do. The only thing lacking is the political will.
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America's food system could be even more vulnerable than we thought

America's food system could be even more vulnerable than we thought | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
New research quantifies the devastating impact of extreme weather on essential crops.
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Parking Balloons Help Drivers Save Gas

Parking Balloons Help Drivers Save Gas | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
South-Korean oil company S-Oil took the initiative for a campaign in which bright yellow "HERE" balloons guide drivers to empty parking spots.
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SeaWorld suing California over ban on orca breeding

SeaWorld suing California over ban on orca breeding | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The commission had to approve the project as it does all major building plans in coastal cities, but the park's attorneys argued the agency's authority should have ended with the structure itself.

"This last-minute 'no breeding or transfer' condition is unprecedented," SeaWorld said in the lawsuit, which claims the commission's action is illegal because it has no jurisdiction over the orcas.

"The orcas are not, in any way, part of the coastal or marine environment," the lawsuit says. "All of SeaWorld's activities with respect to the care, breeding and transportation of orcas occur onshore in the orca pools and not in the marine environment and are specifically governed by federal law."
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Sounds about normal for the Coastal Commission....it's up to the courts now, but it's a dangerous encroachment on free enterprise.  There are other ways to accomplish limiting the spread of Orcas used for entertainment, which appears to be the goal.

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Self-deluding governments

Self-deluding governments | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
IN THE late 1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev tried valiantly to revamp the Soviet economy. He had come to realise that his state had fallen far behind the West. But as Robert Service shows in his book "The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991", even Gorbachev struggled to understand quite how badly the economy was doing. Service has had access to records of Politburo meetings. From those it is clear that official figures on defence spending as a proportion of GDP were massively understated. Statistics were generally unreliable. At one point, arms negotiators trying to do a deal with Ronald Reagan were embarrassed to find they did not have an exact figure for the number of nuclear missiles they controlled.

This problem is endemic to command-and-control economies. Governments set targets from the top; bureaucrats and party functionaries know that their jobs (and sometimes their lives) depend on meeting them so the figures are massaged to meet the target. And often the wrong targets are set. By the late 1980s, most western economies had switched away from a manufacturing-led economy to a services-based one; the Soviet Union was still obsessed with churning out iron and steel. The collapse in energy prices laid bare the economy's real problems. Gorbachev was unwilling to subsidise eastern Europe's communist regimes or (to his eternal credit) to intervene militarily to prop them up. Eventually, the citizens of such nations were able to overthrow their leaders.

We can see modern examples of such self-delusion in Argentina and Venezuela. In the former, the Kirchner government regularly understated the inflation numbers; Venezuela, a country blessed by huge oil reserves, has mismanaged its economy to such an extent it has a huge budget shortfall, soaring inflation and the absence of basic consumer goods on supermarket shelves. Those trying to point out the real figures were accused of aiding foreign speculators.
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Four tough things universities should do to rein in costs

Four tough things universities should do to rein in costs | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Controlling spending requires fundamental changes in the way colleges are run.
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New study says standardized pay for Alaska's teachers would be too expensive

New study says standardized pay for Alaska's teachers would be too expensive | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
If Alaska implemented a standardized salary schedule for its teachers, most rural school districts would have to pay their educators a lot more. For teachers in Southeast Alaska’s Pelican City School District, it would mean a 105 percent raise.
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LA Hub: A Blueprint for Smart Communities

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Esri President Jack Dangermond will unveil L.A.’s exciting new GeoHub, a citywide application and data information portal. The GeoHub is a first-of-its-kind technology infrastructure that provides location as a service (LaaS) including real-time data and mapping tools.

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Companies want walkable downtowns, so Governor Andrew Cuomo is making revitalization a key part of his economic development plan | Smart Growth America

Companies want walkable downtowns, so Governor Andrew Cuomo is making revitalization a key part of his economic development plan | Smart Growth America | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Core Values highlighted hundreds of companies across the country that are moving to and investing in walkable downtown locations. According to the companies themselves, walkable downtowns offer competitive advantages that suburban locations can’t. Most notably, that many of the country’s most talented workers want to live and work in walkable neighborhoods, and companies need to be in these places in order to win the war for that talent.
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That Lake That Was Going to Fall Off a Cliff in Canada Actually Did | VICE News

In a video released by the government of the Northwest Territories, the lake can be seen breaching a retaining wall weakened by thawing permafrost and dumping half its contents in a waterfall nearly five stories tall.
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Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis? – Next City

Will U.S. Cities Design Their Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis? – Next City | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
“Missing middle” architecture could ease rents — and allow more Americans to build real estate wealth.
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G force

G force | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
What chance does the country have of restoring its lost dynamism? Mr Gordon has no time for the techno-Utopians who think that the information revolution will rescue America from such “secular stagnation”. His attitude to the IT revolution is much the same as that of Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist, who famously said: “We wanted flying cars but instead we got 140 characters.” America has already harvested the fruits of the IT revolution. The growth rate increased each year in the decade after 1994, but the spurt did not last and it has since fallen back since.

Now Mr Gordon thinks that Moore’s law is beginning to fade and the new economy is turning into a mirage. He can be forgiven for giving such short shrift to Davos types who have no sense of history: driverless cars will change the world less than the invention of cars in the first place. He is also surely right that America faces unusually heavy challenges in future.

But he goes too far in downplaying the current IT revolution. Where the first half of the book is brilliant, the second can be frustrating. Mr Gordon understates how IT has transformed people’s lives and he has little to say about the extent to which artificial intelligence will intensify this. He also fails to come to terms with the extent to which, thanks to 3D printing and the internet of things, the information revolution is spreading from the virtual world to the physical world. Mr Gordon may be right that the IT revolution will not restore economic growth rates to the level America once enjoyed. Only time will tell. But he is definitely wrong to underplay the extent to which the revolution is changing every aspect of our daily lives.
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Are We Headed For Another Recession?

Are We Headed For Another Recession? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
None of this is to say that a recession isn’t coming. If there’s one truism in macroeconomics, it’s that we’re really bad at predicting recessions. But that failure works in both directions — a vocal subset of economists has been forecasting a collapse for six years. One day, they’ll be right. But I’m guessing that day won’t come in 2016.
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Planned Agricultural Communities - Village Homes - Modern Farmer

Planned Agricultural Communities - Village Homes - Modern Farmer | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The recent surge in planned agricultural communities begs the question: Has the back-to-the-land spirit of the 1960s settled down in a cul-de-sac?
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Anchorage mayor eyes state land to ease housing crunch

Anchorage mayor eyes state land to ease housing crunch | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
In a letter dated Wednesday to Gov. Bill Walker, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said he wants to see more than two dozen parcels of state land transferred to the city for high-density housing. 
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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
A city that doesn’t plan ahead can bet on becoming, well, Houston. So far, Denver should be commended for its smart urban development, says Christopher Zimmerman of Washington, D.C.–based Smart Growth America, and local leaders want to continue that trend. Early this year, they’re launching an initiative that will culminate in changes to the city’s master plan, Blueprint Denver, which, having been adopted in 2002, needs an update thanks to the build-out of FasTracks and the area’s recent population boom.
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Helping Transit Transform Communities

Helping Transit Transform Communities | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
One of the great benefits of public transit is how it spurs economic activity and improves neighborhoods. We see many positive spin-off effects when transit is built or extended into new areas.
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Want to revitalize an area?  Just get some transit there and add some Transit Oriented Design (TOD) (e.g. retail commercial, condos, etc.).

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9 things people always say at zoning hearings, illustrated by cats

If you watch enough zoning hearings, the testimony begins to sound pretty repetitive. That novel argument you're making? The Council members have heard it a million times before. Here are 9 of the ...
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I snorted milk through my nose on this one....but it may be a "you had to be there" kind of humor...

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