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  1. Why Ridesharing Is a Way Bigger Deal for Suburban Seniors Than Urban Millennials The other day I needed a quick ride home, and as many others of my generation would do, I pulled out my smartphone and requested a ride. I watched my driver’s progress and arrival time on my phone, and 15 minutes later I was at my doorstep and paid up without even opening my wallet.
  2. The Key to Saving the U.S. Transportation Program  The U.S. transportation system, vital to our economic success, has some big problems. The most immediate is that by this summer it will run out of money to reimburse the states for projects they have taken on with the promise of federal funds.
  3. What you’d need to make in every county in America to afford a decent one-bedroom Last month we wrote about a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition on how much a worker would have to earn to afford what the Department of Housing and Urban Development considers “fair market rent”
  4. Peek Inside the Imaginary World of London’s Anti-Litter Fairies In the real word, when you toss litter on the sidewalk it either washes into the sewers system or gets picked up by a more evolved human. But the folks who made these clever CGI flicks don’t live in the real world…
  5. For Smaller Cities, the Airbnb Backlash Can Be Even Bigger Kevin Flynn has worked in law enforcement for more than 20 years in Ashland, Oregon. Six months ago, though, he was recruited to crack down on an issue that’s cropped up in not just his city but similarly sized communities


ELGL Northwest

Large number of honeybees found dead in Sherwood; state investigating cause The honeybees were found dead on Oregon 99W and Sunset Boulevard in Sherwood, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Convention center hotel: Metro seeks court review of financing plan to preempt further legal challenges Metro is seeking to preempt other legal action with a full review of the hotel plan by a Multnomah Circuit Court judge. Faced with legal challenges of its proposal for a publicly backed hotel near the Oregon Convention Center…

Oregon marijuana legalization campaign receives $100,000 from key donor backed by George Soros A group connected to billionaire George Soros has contributed another $100,000 to a marijuana legalization measure in Oregon. An Oregon group backing a marijuana legalization initiative has received a $100,000

Proposed FDA rule would hurt Oregon’s breweries, dairy farmers: Editorial The FDA’s lofty intentions carry an even higher price. The costs of compliance would be astronomical and more than a ding to breweries that have won international acclaim, created jobs and cache in Portland and statewide, and

Medical marijuana: Washington County to decide on one-year ban on dispensaries Tuesday Local governments in Oregon have until May 1 to enact moratoriums on medical marijuana dispensaries. The bans can extend until May 2015. The Washington County Board of Commissioners will decide Tuesday, April 22,

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District budget: Five things to know from Monday’s meetin No district residents spoke during the public comment section of the meeting, and committee member did not immediately suggest any changes to the budget.



50 Nifty

Mayors’ survey: Cities need transportation infrastructure investment Given the nation’s current economic problems, federal transportation priorities should be targeted to metropolitan areas, home to two-thirds of U.S. residents, according to a survey of mayors of 176 cities conducted by the Washington-based United States Conference of Mayors (USCM). And, a large majority of the mayors surveyed said they would only favor an increase in the federal gas tax if it meant more money would be spent in and around cities.

Clipped wings LIKE protagonists in a Hollywood movie, Los Angeles seems always to be hurtling towards triumph or disaster. In 1988 the LA 2000 Committee declared that its strategic site and magnetic powers to attract capital and labour would make Los Angeles “THE city of the 21st century”, just as New York, London and Paris had owned previous eras. Writing 25 years later, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission discloses a darker vision for America’s second city. In two reports with names that might have been borrowed from clapped-out action thrillers (“A Time for Truth” and “A Time for Action”) the commission paints a picture of a city in steep decline and a leadership sluggish in thought and action.

How Did Canada’s Middle Class Get So Rich? America’s middle class has been richest in the world for decades, but as David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy write in the Times’ new site The Upshot, we’ve lost that distinction to our neighbors from the north.

Comcast Reports Strong Earnings as Cable TV Subscribers Hold Steady The cable operator’s quarterly report could bolster its fight to acquire Time Warner Cable.

Want to Empower Cities? Reform Binding Arbitration by Stephen Eide Many urbanists such as myself have argued cities should be given more power. Today Steve Eide, who runs the Manhattan Institute’s Public Sector, Inc. site devoted to local government finance…

New York Police Reach Out on Twitter but Receive a Slap in the Face Rather than heartwarming neighborhood scenes or pictures of tourists with mounted officers, many posts tagged #myNYPD showed violent interactions with civilians or other unflattering incidents.

An Earth Day Challenge for Energy Efficiency A big prize awaits the community that can show the way toward better use of resources. It’s a competition that’s critical to our energy future.

Utah to Eliminate Homelessness With Entirely Logical Solution Despite rising poverty across the US, homelessness has decreased 69% in  over the past five years and is even expected to be eliminated this year, the Huffington Post reports. How has Utah found such success? By giving the homeless homes. While the answer may seem obvious, Utah is breaking ground with its Housing Works program, which gives the homeless affordable and permanent apartments on just one condition: that they be “good stewards.”

Highways to hell Dirty deeds done dirt cheap ONLY the drunk, they say, drive in a straight line in Chicago. The sober zigzag to avoid falling into the city’s axle-breaking potholes.

Two Very Different Types of Migrations Are Driving Growth in U.S. Cities America’s largest metro areas, which are currently gaining population at impressive rates, are driving much of the population growth across the nation. But that growth is the result of two very different migrations – one coming from the location choices of Americans themselves, the other shaped by where new immigrants from outside the United States are heading.


ELGL Midwest

New Email Program Brings More Tips to Minnesota County As a way to boost public engagement, the Sheriff’s Department in Stearns County, Minn., launched a citizen engagement policy that has helped solve crimes.

Five people to be interviewed for Portage acting city manager April 30 Five people, two from out of state, will be interviewed next week for Portage acting city manager.

Detroit activist takes illegal dumping fight to the streets, Internet There’s just something about illegally dumped garbage, lining Detroit’s curb sides or piled up in its vacant lots, that stirs east side Detroit resident Rick Robertson to act.

Millennials are finding KC a friendly place to be You can find them where there’s live music, trendy food, an affordable home and a friendly environment where they feel they can make a difference.

Denison City Council approves adding micro-breweries downtown With a 4 to 2 vote, Denison City Council authorized a trending type of business that’s been brewing across the country.


ELGL Southeast

Roanoke council members want to delay their raise After seeing the flat budget proposed by the city manager — one that includes no pay raises for city staff — a majority of the Roanoke City Council said they would prefer to postpone their own salary increases, which are set to take effect in July.Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Promoting Respectful Dialogue at City Council Meetings The beauty of democracy is that every opinion counts. However, sometimes the way these opinions are expressed can derail—rather than further—the conversation.

Study shows tax collection hurts Amazon’s sales  The first large-scale study of the impact of adding sales tax to purchases from Amazon.com Inc.(NASDAQ:AMZN) shows the added tax results in a decline of online purchases.

Entire North Carolina GOP Senate Field: Climate Change Is Not Fact Fittingly, all four Republican candidates in the North Carolina Senate race were asked on Earth Day if they believed climate change is a proven fact. And all four candidates said “no.”

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HR Stuff

Twitter’s Redesign Makes the Platform Ripe for Recruitment The Society for Human Resource Management recently found that more than 75% of companies use social networking sites to recruit job candidates — and recruiters are often going beyond professionally oriented platforms like LinkedIn.

The Confidence Gap Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here’s why, and what to do about it.


Social Media, Yo

The Ideal Length of Everything Online, Backed by Research Every so often when I’m tweeting or emailing, I’ll think: Should I really be writing so much?

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