In today’s Buzz: pride, supper clubs, $200 million for Mayors, and Adam Scott made a calzone.
This weekend we saw Seu Jorge play a tribute to David Bowie. It was amazing, so today’s Buzz is brought to you by scenes from the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
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- Ryan McGinley Photographs New York Pride Weekend: In a year when gay rights are under assault and the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. had to be rerouted because of protesters who objected to the parade’s ties to law enforcement, as well as to some corporate sponsors, including Lockheed Martin (“War Profiteers Have No Place in Our Community,” read one banner), never has gay pride been more important, or more complicated.
- Detentions as police break up Istanbul Pride parade: Police fire rubber bullets and tear gas on LGBT activists who attempted to hold march in defiance of ban by authorities.
- U.S. government websites hacked with pro-ISIS rant, officials say: Government websites, many of them in Ohio, were hacked Sunday with a message that purports to be supportive of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
- The Scoop on Comp, Master, General, Strategic, Vision Plans
- The 5 Local Approaches to Homelessness
- Podcast: Revisionist History with Malcolm Gladwell
- Kittelson’s Corner: Can you say Chi-City?
- Supper Club: Phoenix, AZ – July 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
- Supper Club: Portland, OR – July 12 @ 7:00 p.m.
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: Rock Your LinkedIn Profile – July 18, 2017 – 9:00 a.m.
- A Risky Fix to Repair a City’s Gutted Streetlight Grid: For years, residents in this cash-strapped city watched helplessly as thieves gutted 33 miles (53 kilometers) of streetlight wiring, plunging long stretches of roadway into darkness. The thousands of dollars criminals pocketed at off-the-books salvage yards wreaked millions of dollars in damage.
- How 5 O.C. cities are working to pull down the rising cost of a pension ‘mess’: Local cities are set to dedicate millions of dollars more per year on top of already-determined payments to try to bring down unfunded employee pension liabilities that are running up to seven times higher than a decade ago.
- Shaping space for civic life: Can better design help engage citizens?
A new report looking at design and civic engagement shows the small things really do matter.
- Improvements Coming to Philadelphia’s Courtyard at City Hall: Exciting new features in the Courtyard at City Hall were unveiled today, highlighting this important public space’s history and its central place in Philadelphia’s heart.
- Bloomberg’s Next Anti-Washington Move: $200 Million Program for Mayors: Michael R. Bloomberg will throw his financial might into helping beleaguered American mayors, creating a $200 million philanthropic program aimed at backing inventive policies at the city level and giving mayors a stronger hand in national politics.
- Sarasota, Fla., Parking Director Stresses Need for Paid Meters:
The city has had an on-again, off-again relationship with parking meters since 1942, and perennial opponents of the meters still happily recall wearing paper bags over their heads in the successful 2012 push to remove the most recent round of meters.
- How 3 Jurisdictions Are Using Tech to Bolster the Health of Trees in Their Communities: Civic innovators find diverse applications for using technology to care for street trees.
- Marin bill SB106 shows how housing crisis was created: Marin is an extreme but by no means unique example of the forces that created the housing crisis. As long as local objections to development carry the day, and Sacramento lacks the courage to override them, homelessness and other repercussions will persist.
- One Key to a Rust Belt Comeback: Job Hubs: Cleveland is looking to make inclusive growth attainable by connecting jobs to people and people to jobs.
- Downtown Austin’s major parking problems exposed in new report: Everybody complains about how parking downtown is a nightmare, and now we have the proof.
- Detroit Works Bike-Share Into a Car-Centric City: One month after launching, Detroit’s new bike-share system is exceeding expectations and has residents and policymakers excited about its future.
Local Government Confidential
- The Secret Copenhagen Model for Regenerating Cities: Thirty years ago, the city of Copenhagen was experiencing 17.5 percent unemployment, an out-migration of population, the loss of manufacturing, the decline of taxing capacity, and an annual budget deficit of $750 million. Today, the city has been transformed into one of the wealthiest (and happiest) in the world.
- Why Cities Live Forever: Successful new companies start off like cities, full of innovation, but over time the nature of corporate growth leads them to focus ever more solely on exploiting their success, and eventually they taper off and die like animals. The city feeds on their corpses and creates new companies.
- Life imitates art, still fails to be a pizza, as Adam Scott accidentally makes a calzone: The late, lamented Parks And Recreation never lacked for running jokes, but one of our favorites centered on the culinary habits of hapless public servant Ben Wyatt.