01.17.14 Your Morning Buzz

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High 5


  1. Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor – How globalization has changed the nature of urban development.

  2. Forbidden Zones for N.Y. Police: Nap Spots – Every precinct lists the places where officers on duty are prohibited because they are too inviting for sleep. The Calvary Cemetery in Queens, above, is one of those.

  3. Target Tests Small Store for Urban Shoppers as Young People Pick Cities Over Suburbs – The discount retailer known for big suburban stores will open a 20,000-square-foot outlet in Minneapolis to test a new format called TargetExpress.

  4. Fighting Fires Burns Through Money That Keeps Them from Starting – Wildfires in the U.S. are becoming bigger, more destructive and more frequent. And the extra cost of putting them out comes straight from the budget for fire prevention.

  5. Eliminating Bus Stops Can Actually Improve Service – Though there’s a delicate balance to strike between access and speed.

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Blue and Gray Still in Conflict at a Battle Site – A proposed monument to Union soldiers at Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, just west of Jacksonville, Fla., has enraged the area’s Confederate descendants.

Poll: Utah split on gay marriage – According to the survey, 36 percent of Utah adults have changed their views on the issue over time.

Out West, ‘big solar’ may be booming, but experts say appetite for it waning – High-tech plants that use the sun to generate electricity are coming online, but a smaller future looms.

N.Va. police agencies’ use of license plate data raises privacy concerns – Former state attorney general had warned that only information directly linked to a crime can be kept.



How long should police be able to keep license plate pics? A Portland lawmaker wants the Legislature to decide how long law enforcement agencies should keep photographs of license plates

On Capitol Hill, women increasingly the muscle behind major legislation – Several female lawmakers, including Patty Murray, have risen to the top of influential committees.

Congress Just Started Caring About the Sharing Economy – A friendly first hearing on Capitol Hill.

De Blasio’s ‘Vision Zero’ Plan Could Set a New Standard for Traffic Safety – The mayor pledges to eliminate pedestrian deaths in the city.

Coburn to Leave Senate at Year’s End – Senator Tom Coburn, who has had repeated treatments for prostate cancer, said his decision was not about his health or prognosis.

A First Lady at 50, Finding Her Own Path – In many ways she is the embodiment of the contemporary, urban, well-heeled middle-aged American woman. Except she is also Michelle Obama.



Clackamas County residents, ambulance company employees call for board to approve contract; still no action – The new year in Clackamas County started much as it finished last year: with another meeting, but no action on a new ambulance contract.

Metro Council adopts policies, principles in response to UGB bill, other legislation – The Metro Council voted 7-0 Thursday to approve a set of legislative policies and principles.

Bryant ’09 transforms his interest in city government into a career – As a Willamette University student, Ben Bryant ’09 analyzed city government in his economics classes.

Trader Joe’s: Portland Development Commission’s Patrick Quinton talks gentrification, affordable housing, impact of NE MLK project (chat recap) – The topic: A proposed $8 million Trader Joe’s-anchored project on Northeast Alberta Street and Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Click here if you want more background from stories in The Oregonian).



State AG’s opinion on barring pot shops raises questions – Cities and counties can ban legal pot businesses, according to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. But the impact of his nonbinding opinion remains hazy.

Minto Island Pedestrian Bridge clears funding hurdle – The Minto Island Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, a project that’s been a vision of city and community leaders for three decades, has cleared one of its last obstacles.

Grant to allow Goshen sewer study – State funding will help pay for an examination  of expanding services to encourage development

Pure Midwest ELGL: Twitter and Column


City manager’s budget deals with Kansas City’s mounting pension costs – They’re calling it “The Year of the Pension.”That’s how Kansas City financial analysts describe the budget City Manager Troy Schulte submitted Wednesday evening to Mayor Sly James and the City Council.

Ohio Execution Using Untested Drug Cocktail Renews the Debate Over Lethal Injections – The inmate, convicted of rape and murder, gasped and struggled, taking 15 minutes to die.

Ford Foundation’s homecoming bets big on Detroit – The New York-based Ford Foundation’s lead contribution to a fund to protect the Detroit Institute of Arts and bolster city pensions culminates a seven-year homecoming for the $11 billion philanthropy founded 78 years ago in Detroit by Edsel B. Ford.

Why Harper Reed isn’t worried about Chicago inventing the next floating robot – As former chief technology officer of the Obama for America presidential re-election campaign, Harper Reed helped propel Chicago’s tech scene into the global spotlight. He’s also the former CTO of skinnyCorp, parent of T-shirt startup Threadless, and is getting ready to launch a mobile retail firm called Modest in the next few months.

Lawmakers Weigh Aid for Detroit on Pensions – State leaders are considering whether to devote hundreds of millions of dollars to help spare the pensions of retirees, while also saving the city’s prized art collection from the risk of sale.

South by Southwest


Dallas city manager candidate from North Carolina praised as hardworking, apolitical – People in Wake County, N.C., are not happy with David Cooke.They’re disappointed that after 17 years working for the county that includes Raleigh — including 13 years as county manager — he decided to retire late last year. To make matters worse, he may be moving to Dallas to become city manager.

Mansion an exact replica of Alamo – But it looks much more comfortable inside. And it’s for sale for $1.35 million.

Fast train to Monterrey on the horizon – A binational coalition says a 2-hour train trip from San Antonio could be

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Tumml’s Clara Brenner Points to the Power of Civic Good – Tumml Co-Founder Clara Brenner explains how her non-profit aims to put the financial power behind civic startups and cultivate a new industry aimed at social good.

City of Boise gets Neighborly on Free App Nextdoor – Starting Thursday, the city’s police, fire and parks departments will be able to post neighborhood-specific information to the site, but neighborhood conversations will remain private.

Enough with the ‘death of the press release’ already – Why folks are in such a hurry to kill off press releases I’ll never understand. Perhaps they don’t know the value of the press release—they haven’t witnessed the increase in SEO it can bring. They haven’t had the pleasure of landing a new customer because of a press release the customer read announcing their latest product or service. They haven’t enjoyed the attention received from a reporter who saw the press release and contacted them to be featured in a story that ran on the front page.

How To Handle Negative Reviews On Social Media – Do’s and Don’ts when serving your customers through social media, as well as best and worst real life cases of customer service.

Is Windows 8 the new Vista? Not so fast, analyst says Microsoft extends some support for XP, said to be moving quickly to Windows 9.

Report: Christie tops Facebook talk – He’s mentioned three times more than Justin Bieber.

Career Center: 01.14.14 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Fun Fact Remix)


What’s Good for Women is Good for Business – This week The Shriver Report launched a groundbreaking report, A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink,” which describes the tremendous challenges women face in the US workforce.

5 Top Resources for Nonprofit and Foundation Communications – I know, I know. You are a communications superstar! Of course you are–you’re reading our blog, after all!

Walking Meetings: Can You Solve Hard Problems While Walking? People open up more outside the office. You can cover personal topics more easily. Yet walking meetings involve trade-offs, and before you propose them, you should be sure the topic you want to discuss is well-suited

Where Are the U.S.’s Millionaires?There were approximately 53,000 more millionaire households in the U.S. last year than in 2012, but the gains weren’t evenly distributed.

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