09.20.13 Your Morning Buzz

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6 CITIES THAT ARE GREAT AT SHARING – HELLO, CLEVELAND (AND WASHINGTON, D.C.; AUSTIN; CHICAGO; NEW YORK; AND SAN FRANCISCO)! A NEW REPORT CITES YOU AS TOPS IN THE SHARING ECONOMY.

A Fantastically Clear, Concise Explanation of Why Traffic Happens – Tom Vanderbilt on how human behavior makes congestion worse than it needs to be.

Could the City of Light Become the City of Height? Paris has traditionally eschewed tall buildings, but a new wave of architects are looking to change that.

Recycling bins in the City of London tracked people’s movements for over two months – London-based startup Media Metrica, which also goes by the name Renew, installed tracking devices in a dozen of its internet-connected bins, most of them along a busy street in the City of London. The devices, called Renew Orbs, recorded a unique ID on people’s smartphones in order to track them. Few were aware of the scheme.

At Every Corner, Hints of a Colorful Past – In one of the most endearing quirks of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, the street corners have names, such as Deaf Man and Eternity, that often point to a rich history.

50 Nifty

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Here Are the 10 Biggest U.S. Cities by GDP—And How They’ve Grown Since 2009 – Houston and Dallas won the recovery, but New York is still in a class unto itself

Don’t Help Injured Baby Raccoons? Alabama Edict Angers Those Who Love Them – The state conservation agency has told raccoon protectors in Alabama to stop rehabilitating the animals, a decision that has angered many.

In Boston, Mayor Builds a Legacy With Construction Cranes – As Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s time in City Hall runs out, the pace of development is accelerating, in part because developers expect a change in administration to slow the process.

Yep, This Photo Pretty Much Sums Up Why Post-Flood Colorado Will Bounce Back – A knee-high morass of mud did not deter this Boulder man from enjoying his morning jog.

How Stop-and-Frisk Is Creating a Generation of Young People Who Don’t Trust the Police – Only 40 percent of young minorities in low-income New York City neighborhoods say they would feel comfortable calling 911 if they needed help.

Boston officials plan to install 20 miles of cycle tracks by 2018  The words “cycle track” may be unfamiliar to most Bostonians, but the term may soon become a familiar phrase at community meetings: By 2018, city officials intend to install more than 20 miles of cycle tracks — bike lanes with physical barriers between bikes and cars — on major thoroughfares throughout Boston.

Why We Don’t Design Our Cities to Withstand 1,000-Year Floods – As floodwaters covering an area the size of Delaware turned suburban neighborhoods into massive lakes and rerouted creeks through canyon roads, estimates sailed cleanly past the qualifications for a 100-year flood, then surpassed 50o-year flood levels.

Electeds

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Government gets poor marks on protecting gun rights – A New Jersey college student wants Congress to stand strong against tougher gun laws. A Colorado software executive thinks the federal government goes too far in protecting gun rights. A child-care worker in Wisconsin just wants the shootings in her city to stop.

Hillary Clinton all but running – Dismissive sighs, weary eye-rolls, mocking rejoinders: these have been the favored tactics of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s team of aides and allies when confronted with questions about the state of her thinking on whether to run for president again in 2016.

As government shutdown looms, lawmakers scale back ambitions – Deficit reduction? Rethink the tax code? Not so much. Congress is focused on keeping the lights on.

Citing abuses, lawmakers push to protect homeowners with tax debts – U.S. senators want more protections against “unscrupulous practices” for homeowners in tax-lien programs.

Social Network

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The best (and worst) of Apple’s iOS 7 – Tips and tricks to smooth your transition to the new mobile operating system.

The Hong Kong Marathon Wants to Ban Selfies – Even a quick snap can cause a massive, dangerous runner pile-up, organizers say.

Google’s New, Flatter Logo Has Been 14 Years In The Making – GOOGLE IS PLANNING TO ROLL OUT A NEW, FLATTER LOGO. IT’S NOT JUST A MORE APPROPRIATE SYMBOL FOR A MODERN GOOGLE BUT THE CULMINATION OF MORE THAN A DECADE OF DESIGN EVOLUTION.

APPLE IS PAST ITS EXPIRATION DATE? THE IPHONE LINES SEEM TO SUGGEST OTHERWISE – STRAIGHT OUTTA CUPERTINO, STRAIGHT INTO THE SHOPS AND ONLINE RETAIL WAREHOUSES… AND STRAIGHT OUT AGAIN.

Why Twitter can’t win its war on spam – There’s an entire black market dedicated to selling dummy accounts at bargain bin prices. We know. We picked up 10,000 fake followers in May for a mere $10.

The most engaged sectors on Facebook – In addition to dressing a bit more smartly, we could all take another cue from the fashion industry—namely, how to boost Facebook engagement.

Career Center

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The Price of Beer at Oktoberfest Completely Defies Economic Logic – It’s going up like crazy, but people keep buying.

CREATIVITY IS REALLY JUST PERSISTENCE, AND SCIENCE CAN PROVE IT  WE ALREADY KNEW THAT, AS WOODY ALLEN HAS POINTED OUT, SUCCESS IS OVERWHELMINGLY ABOUT SHOWING UP. NOW FRESH STUDIES HELP US UNDERSTAND WHY THAT IS.

Textile Plants Hum, but Not With Workers – American textile factories are bustling again, but the savior was automation, meaning few of the jobs lost since the 1990s came back with the plants.

A Case for Virginia – AOL co-founder Steve Case and his wife, Jean, spend weekends in a one-bedroom cottage amid the vineyards of Virginia’s Madison County.

Portlandia

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Group hands pink slip to downtown coordinator – Main Street Oregon City has decided to lay off its downtown coordinator until the nonprofit’s new executive director can evaluate staffing needs in consultation with the board.

Shane Bemis, the region’s ‘it’ mayor, could be bigger news elsewhere: Editorial – Bemis, Gresham’s upstart son, appears on Page 143 of the October issue as one of seven American mayors making a difference where entrenched state and federal governments can’t.

Bo knows when it comes to economic expansion – “A talent agent extraordinaire” was how Rinaldi was described in a lengthy article in The New York Times in 1997. He rode the great Internet wave of the 90s like a champion surfer, lifting obscure software programmers from semi-poverty to big bucks. Rinaldi was also described as coming on more like a Hollywood agent than an employee recruiter for titans like Steve Jobs.

Local Governments Sign On To Bond-Backed Portland Hotel – Unions and business groups have come out in favor of the $200 million Hyatt Hotel. They see it as a shot in the arm for the construction industry and as a much-needed boost for the under-used convention center.

Residents still riled up over proposed policy to exclude disruptive people from Clackamas County buildings – They turned out in force Thursday and testimony took about an hour and included at least three comparisons between the county commissioners and librarians and people who committed mass genocide.

Cascadia

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Orchards Feed embraces future and past – In the Orchards community, where changes are making everything new, some people want to hold onto the old and familiar roots of the area’s rural past.

Google tax deal opens door to $200 million data center in The Dalles – A new package of tax breaks announced late Thursday offers Google savings that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars in exchange for investing at least $200 million to build a new data center in The Dalles.

Clear-cut ad decision? Two airports disagree – Eugene displays the political ad, citing a court ruling; the Port of Portland turns it down and faces complaints

Roberts bows out at Lane Metro – The business recruiting agency’s future is in doubt after two of its three employees quit

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Residents of Detroit Go to Court for Pensions – In an emotional hearing, protesters of the city’s bankruptcy filing pleaded with a federal judge to protect employee pensions and essential services from cuts.

13 people, including 3-year-old boy, shot at South Side park – Thirteen people, including a 3-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, were shot at a Chicago park in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Thursday night, authorities said.