04.26.2017

04.26.2017

Today’s Buzz features New Yorker Cartoons.

“Guys, let’s demote Paul while he’s asleep!”“Guys, Let’s demote Paul while he’s asleep!”

Right Now with Carly Lorentz (Twitter, LinkedIn)

What I’m Doing: Trying to get my sewing machine to work

What I’m Reading: The Cursed Child

What I’m Watching: The 13 Reasons Why

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We’re Buzzin’

Be Nice-You Won’t Finish Last: In one study, Dr. Prinstein examined the two types of popularity in 235 adolescents, scoring the least liked, the most liked and the highest in status based on student surveys. “We found that the least well-liked teens had become more aggressive over time toward their classmates. But so had those who were high in status. It was a nice demonstration that while likability can lead to healthy adjustment, high status has just the opposite effect on us.”

Populism, Far From Turned Back, May Be Just Getting Started: Populism, research suggests, has been steadily growing since the 1960s. It is now reaching a size that is often too small to win outright, but is large enough to shape and, at times, to upend the politics of a country. Whether populist parties win or lose depends not just on the level of popular support — which appears surprisingly consistent across countries — but also on the nature of the political system.

Option B: building resilience and finding meaning in the face of adversity: After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. “I was in ‘the void,’” she writes, “a vast emptiness that fills your heart and lungs and restricts your ability to think or even breathe.” Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build.

What’s Really at Stake in Trump’s War on Science: It is hard to fully appreciate the level of ambivalence and antagonism that is being directed at U.S. climate science, environmental protection, medical research and public health by the Trump administration, which at times appears to be operating within a worldview incompatible with modern science or even rationality.

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Weekly Update: Board of Directors, Small Towns, Volcker Partnership, Book Club

TIL about Detroit… Vernors Ginger Ale known as “Detroit’s Drink”

Job Posting: City Administrator – Cloquet, MN

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D-FW apartment boom shows no sign of a slowdown with 50,000 plus units on the way: Dallas-Fort Worth was already the top apartment building market in the country before starts increased by more than 95 percent in the first two months of 2017. Thousands more apartments are on the way in North Texas.

Why Foreign Worker Visa Reform Is a Top Priority in Colorado In times of low unemployment, “it’s a real challenge to hire as many people as we need and keep them through the whole [ski] season.” And Colorado’s growing tech sector faces similar challenges.

Cities can’t fix the New Urban Crisis: Cities aren’t uniformly places of wealth and abundance, nor are they uniformly in disrepair and decay. Not all suburbs reflect a sunny vision of the American dream. And even the most prosperous metro areas are riven with disparities by race, class, and place.

Placemaking as a New Environmentalism: Reinvigorating the Environmental Movement in the 21st Century: What kind of places do we want to create? What kind of communities do we want to live in? What kind of world do we hope to see in the future? These questions are at the heart of environmentalism today, but are seldom posed. Environmentalism can perhaps best accomplish its goals for humans to impact less by leading the conversation on how we can impact more.

In the smart city race, we’re betting on transit: Comprehensive and large-scale smart city innovations will start to emerge where we least expect them. Not in our streets or in our buildings, but below them, in the subways, commuter rail and mass transit of global cities.

America the Cheap-Always searching for the lowest price can get you the quality you deserve: Dragging a passenger off a plane is particularly egregious, but air travel in the United States is often a lousy experience even in normal times. Why? America is a price-dominant culture. We love to find the cheapest price and the best deal, often regardless of the consequences.

Counties, cities need leeway on property taxes: As Washington lawmakers sail into their first overtime session, they are rightly focused on school funding. That much is unavoidable. The Legislature is under state Supreme Court orders to fix the state’s unconstitutional system of funding K-12 schools. But as legislators tinker with the property tax system that is at the heart of the school funding debate, they will be remiss if they fail — as they did in 2015 — to give local governments more leeway to set their local property tax rates.

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Local Gov Confidential

Janesville City Council reverses controversial vote: City Council proposed changes to policies concerning tax increment financing deals the city uses to attract businesses to Janesville. The changes added paragraphs explaining the tools and methods the city would seek when striking TIF deals. The paragraphs included language that staff should use a “pay-as-you-go” method, where the city doesn’t fund a developer unless it grows, and refrain from financing start-up businesses, among other guidelines. The changes also added the word “prudent” to describe the type of redevelopment the city seeks. Economic Development Director Gale Price said the added language might make the city less desirable to developers and push them to seek another municipality for their business.

City Council approves Dehler Park lease agreement through 2026: It took until past midnight, but the Billings City Council approved an already long-delayed lease early Tuesday morning that will allow the Billings Mustangs to continue playing Pioneer League baseball at Dehler Park through at least 2026. Council members had spent hours Monday leading up to the ballpark lease discussion making land-use decisions and holding public hearings. A council subcommittee has been negotiating the ballpark lease with Dave Heller, the Mustangs’ managing partner. The most recent edition of the proposed agreement was distributed to council members over the weekend, and city staff and Heller were making changes right up until Monday evening.

Fairhope City Council overturns Mayor’s veto: A surprise development at the Fairhope City Council meeting. The budget and temporary hiring freeze was expected to take center stage, instead the controversial Fly Creek Apartment development and Mayor Karin Wilson’s plan to veto the sunset provision for the developer approved by the council earlier this month dominated much of the debate. Mayor Wilson said the veto was in part due to the overwhelming opposition to the zoning change last year — allowing the construction of this large apartment complex.

Los Angeles’ piano-playing mayor declares ‘La La Land’ day:  Los Angeles’ mayor has proclaimed Tuesday is “La La Land” day as acrobats suspended by ropes danced their way across the outside walls of City Hall. Mayor Eric Garcetti proclaimed the honor for the musical that claimed six Academy Awards in February and put a spotlight on various locales throughout the city with elaborate song-and-dance numbers. Garcetti played the piano while a band played a medley of songs from the film, including “City of Stars.”

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