09.19.13 Your Morning Buzz

The man who transformed Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi, has died at 85

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Matthew Brown, City of Hubbard, Senior Accounting Specialist

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This Bizarre 1980s Atlanta Promo Video Celebrates … Highways and Office Parks – With its highways, corporate office parks, and a barely urban downtown, Atlanta offered what real estate developers and Chamber of Commerce officials around the country hoped to see their cities become. “Atlanta is not a city. It is a landscape,” Rem Koolhaas wrote in his acclaimed 1989 essay on Georgia’s capital.

These 2 Charts Prove American Drivers Don’t Pay Enough for Roads – The failure is especially clear when compared to spending by Europeans.

The Simplest Income Inequality Policy: Raising Taxes on Investment Income – The stock market is a wonderful wealth machine, but mostly for the already-wealthy. Does it deserve a preferential rate?

At Alabama, a Renewed Stand for Integration – Hundreds of University of Alabama students and faculty members held a demonstration to demand an end to racial bias in the university’s fraternities and sororities.

In China, ‘nobody takes care of us’ – In a country famous for its Confucian traditions of filial obedience, now tens of millions of elderly Chinese are being left behind.

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The Ages of 1 Million New York Buildings, Mapped in Explosive Color – This could be the most detailed open-data map of urban gerontology in existence.

Some Corporate Sponsorship of Public Amenities Just Makes Sense – The Nashville city council is betting residents will happily use free dog-poop bags printed with a company logo. They’re right.

College Station City Council votes to increase standard length of city blocks – The council voted 4-2 that block lengths in general subdivision developments can now be as long as 1,200 feet, up from the 900-foot standard that passed in 2011 as part of the city’s comprehensive plan.

Sunnyvale: VTA’s Bus Rapid Transit project clears funding hurdle – With approval from the Federal Transit Administration, the BRT can now enter into the project development phase under the Small Starts grants program. Completing project development makes the BRT eligible for up to $75 million in federal funding.

Less Frisking, More Focus on Youth Gangs – The New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk tactic is yielding to a strategy called Operation Crew Cut that uses social media to track conflicts and punish agitators.



Avoiding Akin 2.0 – But campaigning across Georgia, Broun is modeling himself as the next Sen. Ted Cruz, a conservative firebrand and member of the Senate’s “hell no” caucus — and someone who will constantly give fits to GOP leaders if they even think about compromising.

House GOP Ties Funding to Health Law – House Speaker Boehner, under pressure from conservatives, said the House would vote on legislation to link funding to keep the government open with a cut-off of funding for the health-care law.

Muddy Waters – Rep. Earl Blumenauer wants to cut Willamette Superfund costs. His wife works for a company paying the bills.

House Outlines 7 Online Sales Tax Principles – The legislation to allow states and localities to collect online sales taxes has been stuck in the U.S. House, but the issue may gain momentum back.

Would a Government Shutdown Really Be All That Bad for Republicans? Yes – Conservatives now argue that the political consequences of stopping funding have been overstated. Survivors of the last major closure beg to differ.

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Palo Alto’s super-high-speed Internet dream lives again – Palo Alto’s on-again, off-again goal of bringing super-high-speed Internet access to every corner of the city appears to be back on again.

Make Sure You Know Who Will Inherit Your Twitter Account – Digital assets could be lost to heirs unless they are part of an estate plan

5 tips to help the chances of your content going viral – First of all, there is no formula to “make” a video or other content go viral. Just follow this approach, and hope for the best.

Court: Facebook ‘liking’ is protected free speech – Ruling stems from a lawsuit by a Hampton, Va., sheriff’s deputy who claims he was fired over a “like.”

Does Google+ really matter anymore? Oh man, the sad saga of Google+. I actually have good friends who I met there, during the five minutes when people were really excited about its potential.

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The poor continue to wait for economic recovery – As the economy recovers from the Great Recession, it is leaving behind the poorest of the poor, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau today.

The Case for Lightweight Government – Getting better results needn’t always mean massive spending and heavy infrastructure. There are innovative ways to get the same results at a fraction of the cost, or even at no cost.

Can Public Employees Be Trusted to Choose the Right Retirement Plan? We trust our public employees with taxpayers’ dollars, public resources and essential services — but does any of that mean they’ll make the right choice for their own retirement?

What CIOs Need to Achieve Their Top 3 Priorities – CIOs won’t get anywhere without close cooperation with political leaders and agency managers.

How to Design a City for Women – In 1999, officials in Vienna, Austria, asked residents of the city’s ninth district how often and why they used public transportation. “Most of the men filled out the questionnaire in less than five minutes,” says Ursula Bauer, one of the city administrators tasked with carrying out the survey. “But the women couldn’t stop writing.”

The Perils of Out-of-Pocket Costs – Small businesses offering health insurance tend to require employees to cover more out-of-pocket than do big companies—and new limits imposed by the health law likely won’t ease the pain.


Heartbreak Hotel – Despite fierce opposition, officials are set to approve $80 million in subsidies for a 600-room hotel at the Convention Center.

Neighbors Furious Water Bureau Selling Multnomah Village Land for Infill Housing – The Portland Water Bureau has been deluged with angry ratepayers fomenting a coup over high utility bills. 

With Unanimous Vote, Council Sets Saltzman on Path Toward Extra $2 Million for Homelessness – To no one’s surprise, the Portland City Council this afternoon unanimously took the first step toward a massive new outlay on homelessness programs and services—a $2 million package that came to life only after significant political criticism erupted over what’s otherwise been a summer filled with camping crackdowns and harsh rhetoric about “lawlessness” on the streets.

Another Pearl Jam – Q&A: Neighborhood president explains fight against Right 2 Dream Too.

Portland’s Gentrification: Now Color Coded! The Portland Housing Bureau has released a mostly-finished draft of its “Housing Opportunity Analysis.”


County-city deal on parks may come to end – Republican Commissioners David Madore and Tom Mielke are leaning toward ending Clark County’s agreement with Vancouver for operating the city-county park system.

Column reveals divide on Battle Ground council – Pair of councilors accuse colleagues of sidestepping procedure on ordinance

Kitzhaber Says He Has a Deal on PERS and Taxes – Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this afternoon that he and top lawmakers have finally agreed on an elusive agreement to cut public employee retirement.

‘Thinking Out Loud’ about Longview – Longview’s community leaders gathered at the Casava coffee shop and restaurant to sip wine and beer and discuss the community’s challenges, quirks and future with host Dave Miller, who has previously hosted and produced Public Broadcasting programs in Massachusetts and New York.

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Detroit Residents to Voice Pension Fears – After weeks of listening to lawyers, the judge in the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy plans to hear from another group: residents of this financially stricken city who are concerned over potential cuts to their pensions.

Dispute over legislators’ pay ends up in Cook County courtroom – Judge tells lawyers he’ll rule on Quinn’s veto next week

Dubuque’s economy fastest-growing in state last year, 27th fastest in U.S. – Dubuque’s economy grew 5.1 percent last year over 2011, the fastest- growing city in Iowa and the 27th fastest nationally, according to new economic data.

Analysis: Bill Daley’s name opened doors but slammed a big one shut – After years of flirting with running for office, Bill Daley said Tuesday that turning 65 last month convinced him he didn’t really want the governor’s job after all.

No price tag on Detroit Zoo: As city asset, art beats animals – Call it a tale of two city assets. Detroit owns the property and contents of the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Zoo, each of which is susceptible to sale by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to pay the city’s debts.