As for the links...
This 3rd grader is more effective than you...and me:
9-year old effectively petitions for bike lane.
But Elli rode on sidewalks back when the family lived in Austin, Texas, and she wanted to know why there wasn't a sidewalk on Mullan. Sidewalks, her mother explained, are expensive.
"Can you buy one?"
"Mmm. No. I don't think so. But here's an idea."
The idea was a brief lesson in lobbying one's government. Luann taught Elli the meaning of the word "petition" and told her how one works. Soon, an idea took shape.
Elli took writing utensil to notebook paper:
"Petition. We want a sidewalk on Mullan Road. With a rale."
Following a similar movement towards neighborhood/community control/ownership/operation of public parking, a very interesting study from a PhD student at UCLA, building neighborhood capital thru re-use and repositioning of old strip malls:
"I'm hoping to hybridize something like the land trust with the co-op and the condominium to create a really viable, flexible but durable institutional structure that allows the value that’s generated by users of the space to be able to be reinvested in that space and its programming," says Bromberg. She has been working with architect Paul Schuette to develop the idea.
Micro-social networking by high-rise building, STACKD.
One of the reasons our business is located in New York City, and I imagine the same holds true for many others, is opportunity. In my mind, opportunity is intensified by density – a density of potential clients, of talented people, of inspiration and also the density of competition. Kenneth Jackson recently lectured on the five reasons why New York will bounce back from the current recession to thrive in the next century: Density, diversity, tolerance, aspiration and the willingness to change. All of his arguments can be found above and below my desk on the 14th floor. With this in mind, we decided to narrow our focus for STACKD to an extreme. We wanted to create a way to reach the other businesses in our own building. Wouldn’t they have similar needs to our own?
Toronto Globe and Mail on new study linking economic growth to personal attachment, ie love for the city. Makes sense when you think about City's of livability, opportunity and interest retain their talent while attracting new talent precisely because of the life in the City itself:
Perhaps most useful for them is the fact that researchers found perceptions of economic prosperity are not the leading drivers of attachment feelings among residents. Instead, most of the 14,000 respondents rated social offerings (such as entertainment and other venues that promote interconnectivity among residents), openness (acceptance of diversity) and community aesthetics as the top qualities that influenced decisions on where to anchor their lives and careers.