Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thirsty Thursday Linkages

Lee Corso says the weekly article linkages "shot their wad," on Monday, so it's a little sparse around here today.

First, economists are finally getting around to reading some Jane Jacobs and discover, gasp!, that she had a more intuitive sense for economies that work than their neo-classical, world without limits, training instilled in them:
"Jacobs pointed out that to boost an area's economy, the normal plan is to bring in a branch of some big business. But then you have an industry without roots. They're not using local accountants and local printers," says Susan Witt, executive director of the E.F. Schumacher Society in Great Barrington, Mass., which, since its inception in 1980, maintained a close working relationship with Jane Jacobs. "It's through those roots that you get the economic multiplier effect of small businesses. And a branch or factory based elsewhere can leave as easily as it arrived."
I do believe that I've mentioned similar things around these here parts. What they need to understand, is that Cities, once established for safety, then continued to grow and agglomerate because they are the ultimate construct of wealth creation, via trade of ideas, goods, yadda yadda...Point being, ignoring the term organic city, that gets thrown around too often, that fully mature neighborhoods are like a turbo-charged race car engine for economies. The world built since the advent of the car is nothing but barriers to trade and commerce by way of distance, cost of excess infrastructure, lack of connections, exertion/cost of energy traversing said distances b/w connections, etc.
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A list of the safest cities in the country and clearly safety prefers hot cocoa on chilly days. (spoiler: 1. Minneapolis 2. Milwaukee 3. Portland 4. Boston 4(tie) Seattle)
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Stackable housing. Remiscent of ideas spitballed for the disasterous Re:Vision Dallas Competition, if you squeeze your brain really, really hard.