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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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Designers Turn Abandoned Walmart Into America’s Largest Library

Designers Turn Abandoned Walmart Into America’s Largest Library | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Walmarts, the granddaddy of big box stores, are ubiquitous in America. Their lumbering structures and parking lots cover vast areas - a single store is the size
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California State Assembly Courage Scores - The People's Report Card of California

California State Assembly Courage Scores - The People's Report Card of California | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Click here to see Courage Scores for CA State Senate Download Courage Scores for ALL legislators in Excel
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Mandarin lessons

Mandarin lessons | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
“WANTED: people of promise”, proclaimed ads for America’s Federal Service Entrance Examination, introduced in 1955. Applicants faced posers on grammar and arithmetic—as well as the Battle of the Bulge and why presidential aides deserve anonymity (answer: “they relieve the president of many burdens and should not be subjected to a great deal of personal criticism”). But little more than two decades later, such exams had come under fire. Some said they tested knowledge rather than talent, thereby discriminating against black and Latino applicants. More broadly, their usefulness for picking tax-collectors and the like was questioned. In 1981 they were ditched.

Last year the tests were resurrected, tweaked to be fairer and more useful. Growth in the number of university graduates, together with the popularity of a safe job in difficult economic times, had left many branches of government struggling to cope with a flood of applications. Federal agencies are now assessing candidates with USA Hire, an online quiz more relevant to the work to be done.
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Trudeau, Obama unveil steps for cutting methane, safeguarding Arctic

Trudeau, Obama unveil steps for cutting methane, safeguarding Arctic | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Their shared environmental concerns influenced plans to manage shipping and resources.
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Is “innovative DOT” an oxymoron?

Is “innovative DOT” an oxymoron? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
It is not enough to keep building yesterday’s roads. 

 

America’s transportation needs are changing, the global economy is shifting, and despite advances in automobile safety, too many
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Flint: the Consequence of Partisanship

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While unions and communities step up to help Flint residents, Congress must do better to ensure our drinking water is safe.
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City gets grant for South Fairbanks sidewalks, traffic circles

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FAIRBANKS—Construction will take place this summer on a series of sidewalks, traffic circles and other public works projects in Fairbanks’ southeastern sector.
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Jeb Bush tells New Hampshire how he wants to fix campaign finance reform

Jeb Bush tells New Hampshire how he wants to fix campaign finance reform | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
We're all Bernie Sanders now.
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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

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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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Lingerie On Wheels Travels Around The States

Lingerie On Wheels Travels Around The States | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
We all know the food trucks, but how about shopping trucks? The Try-on Truck is a store on wheels that enables women to shop lingerie right on the sidewalk.
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Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights

Saudi land purchases fuel debate over US water rights | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia's largest dairy company will soon be unable to farm alfalfa in its own parched country to feed its 170,000 cows. 
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These newly discovered bacteria can eat plastic bottles

These newly discovered bacteria can eat plastic bottles | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
A team of Japanese scientists has found a species of bacteria that eats the type of plastic found in most disposable water bottles.
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Donald Trump Would Be Easy To Stop Under Democratic Rules

Donald Trump Would Be Easy To Stop Under Democratic Rules | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
The other Republican candidates’ chances of stopping Donald Trump look marginally better today than they did on Friday. Trump won just two of five contests over…
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Saudi oil minister to face rival U.S. producers as price rout bites

Saudi oil minister to face rival U.S. producers as price rout bites | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
This week, Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi will for the first time face the victims of his decision to keep oil pumps flowing despite a global glut: U.S. shale oil producers struggling to survive the worst price crash in years.

While soaring U.S. shale output brought on by the hydraulic fracturing revolution contributed to oversupply, many blame the 70-percent price collapse in the past 20 months primarily on Naimi, seen as the oil market's most influential policymaker.

During his keynote on Tuesday at the annual IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, Naimi will be addressing U.S. wildcatters and executives who are stuck in a zero sum game.

"OPEC, instead of cutting production, they increased production, and that's the predicament we're in right now," Bill Thomas, chief executive of EOG Resources Inc (EOG.N), one of the largest U.S. shale oil producers, told an industry conference last week, referring to 2015.

It will be Naimi's first public appearance in the United States since Saudi Arabia led the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries' shock decision in November 2014 to keep heavily pumping oil even though mounting oversupply was already sending prices into free-fall.

Naimi has said this was not an attempt to target any specific countries or companies, merely an effort to protect the kingdom's market share against fast-growing, higher-cost producers.
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Got Predators? Don’t Shoot. Get a Llama. - Modern Farmer

Got Predators? Don’t Shoot. Get a Llama. - Modern Farmer | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
But, beginning in the '90s, a new voice arose among North American agricultural producers that suggested shooting might not be the one-size-fits-all solution.
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Can America Put Itself Back Together?

Can America Put Itself Back Together? | The New Public Administration: Arctic Bridge for Social Justice | Scoop.it
For instance: Last spring we met a group of San Bernardinians in their 20s and early 30s who called themselves Generation Now—San Bernardino. They were white, black, and Latino. (The city is about 60 percent Latino, 20 percent white, the rest black or Asian.) Some had finished college, some were still studying, some had not gone to college. They worked as artists or accountants or in part-time jobs. But all were involved in what you could call a raveling-up of the town’s tattered social fabric.

“I was just pissed off,” an artist in his 20s named Michael Segura told us. “By the time I was old enough to vote, everything was in such terrible shape in San Bernardino. We just heard all the time that it’s a city of losers. We’d had enough.” In early 2013, just after the city declared bankruptcy and appeared to be at the depth of its hopelessness, he and a handful of friends began efforts to engage the city’s generally disaffected residents in improving their collective future.
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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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