04.02.12 The Afternoon Delight

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Vote: Is Amazon Doing Enough?  – Last year, amid a troubled economy, United Way of King County said it received record donations from some of the area’s largest companies. Microsoft made a corporate donation of $4 million. Boeing gave $3.1 million. Nordstrom, nearly $320,000. And Amazon.com? Zero.

Public forums continuing on proposed Eugene growth plan – Residents wanting to learn and comment about Eugene’s growth plans will have chances to do so in person during the next couple of weeks.

Readers’ Choice Poll: Best Place to Do Your Taxes in Kirkland? – The tax man has his had out right about now, and it can be a complicated process. Who does the best job with your income taxes in Kirkland?

City salary commission meets Thursday – The City of Vancouver Citizen’s Commission on Mayor/City Council Salaries (Salary Review) has scheduled the fifth public meeting for Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm at City Hall; 415 W 6th Street, 1st Floor, Aspen Conference Room.

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Appreciate the Moment: 7 Ways to Rethink Work-Life Balance – Managers and all local government staff members continue to work long, stressful hours, and that work extends into evenings and weekends, including council and other organizational meetings that managers usually attend. Perhaps there are even more meetings now—financial and otherwise.

Spotlight

The Simple Math That Can Save Cities From Bankruptcy – Forget raising taxes or cutting services. If cities understood the economics of land use better, they might not need to do either.

Millennials Show Apathy Towards Cars | Sustainable Cities Collective – A recent article in The New York Times by journalist Amy Chozick adds to the surmounting evidence that the attitude of younger generations towards mobility is quickly changing.

The Best City Websites for Online Engagement – Our cities are tweeting. Of the 75 largest cities in the U.S., 87 percent are using Twitter to engage with their citizens. That’s the same percentage that are also active on Facebook.

Baby boomers may have an issue as they head out the workforce. One group says many cities aren’t ready for that change.

Cities of the Future May Soon Look Like Those of the Past – Urbanist Alan Ehrenhalt explains how America’s cities are changing, why and what this means for urban life in the future.

Which U.S. City Had the Best April Fool’s Prank? – Etsy acquired the city of Portland; Boulder’s electric company cut off service for residents who voted against it; Philadelphia unveiled a pedestrian lane for distracted texters.

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