Welcome to the Buzz! This is my first post and my theme is “Lonely Houses” by Scientist/Photographer Manuel Pita, these are some photos from his series dedicated to houses in Portugal. I like the Wes Anderson-vibe and I think it speaks to the idea that stories and places are linked. What kinds of stories could photos of houses in your place tell?
Right Now w/ Carly Lorentz
What I’m reading: You by Caroline Kepnes
What I’m watching: Series of Unfortunate Events
What I’m doing: Trying to get over various forms of illness and figure out this Morning Buzz thing
Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence: President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak.
The neuroscience of changing your mind: Research shows that when a strong-yet-erroneous belief is challenged, yes, you might experience some temporary weakening of your convictions, some softening of your certainty, but most people rebound and not only reassert their original belief at its original strength, but go beyond that and dig in their heels, deepening their resolve over the long run.
Air India adds ‘female-only’ row to its flights: Air India is adding a female-only row of seats on its domestic flights, though company officials insist the move is not in response to alleged groping incidents.
- Challenging Assumptions, Thinking In New Ways: RJ Susko, Township of Robinson, PA
Missouri Municipal Managers Association Winter Workshop – Jan. 25 & 26 in Columbia, MO
Colorado City/County Managers Association Conference – Jan. 25 to 28 in Glenwood Springs, CO
- Strategic Government Resources Conference – Jan. 26 & 27 in Grapevine, TX
- X-Ray Your City’s Street Network, With a Bit of Code: A city’s street network is like its skeleton—a foundation for features like pipes, electrical lines, buildings, and public spaces. The angles at which pathways intersect, the shapes they wrap around, and how wide or narrow they are convey how the city has evolved, and whether it’s designed to bring people together or fling communities apart.
Sound Places: Chamber Musicians Take to the Streets:The Sound Places program, the first of its kind, combines music, placemaking, and civic engagement by integrating musicians-in-residence into community life in Louisiana.
Seattle’s Mayor Murray kills city-run bike-share program: Bike share in Seattle, too pricey to push forward, is dead, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Friday. The millions of dollars set aside for a new system will be reallocated.
Pence: Trump Will Work With Both Parties’ Mayors on ‘Equal Footing’: Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting in the nation’s capital, Pence’s message was one of conciliation and American exceptionalism. Vowing strong partnerships between the federal and local governments, he broadly touched on his and President-elect Donald Trump’s dedication to improving infrastructure, education reform, law enforcement and job creation.
- Can’t tell if it’s fake news or the real thing? California has a bill for that: California lawmakers introduced legislation to help students become more media literate.
- Houston claims it’s a “city of opportunity.” Residential segregation says otherwise: Opponents of the Houston Housing Authority’s mixed-income complex said the site is inappropriate for an affordable housing project.
Iowa City Council to vote on immigration enforcement resolution: The resolution is in response to a larger discussion of sanctuary cities around the country after President-elect Donald Trump said he plans for mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.
Whitefish City Manager: No Weapons Allowed in Potential Neo-Nazi March: The city manager of Whitefish has notified the publisher of a neo-Nazi website of certain conditions required for a possible march through downtown, including the prohibition of any weapons.
Dalton City Council may close City Hall to after-hour groups: Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock says council members want to get a better grasp on what it costs taxpayers when outside groups use City Hall after hours.