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03/16/2006 Meeting Notes

Posted by Erica, 3/16/06 at 7:23:15 PM.

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  • MW: Mal Watlington
  • AH: Ann House
  • SN: Shava Nerad
  • BS2: Ben Sheldon
  • EG: Erica George
  • j: j
  • new guy Craig, IBM technologist
  • RF: randy fenstermacher


  • reportbacks from various events
  • Z & M have had to postpone
  • Manila to WordPress migration
  • EG describes
  • j discusses several problems
  • we discuss relative goodness of wordpress and other blog platforms
  • geek dinner
  • real vc blog
  • web innovators group meets monday march 20
  • – has a wiki w info & rsvp
  • sconix – social networking for highschool kids
  • ann asks ben to talk a little about what he’s working on w digital bicycle
  • digital bicycle is out of ltc in lowell, public access tv. national distribution network. esp useful for the niche communities ie cambodian language.
  • ben also does mapping stuff, teaching a class for real estate folks
  • mw: have you done any work on self-defined neighborhoods? rather than using zipcodes, have ppl self-define, and build the community infrastructure around that. it tends to center on people in the neighborhood – leaders – and also sort of geographical “streets the kids can’t cross alone” patterns, etc. some places have very clean, knife-edge breaks
  • SN: some neighborhoods here are defined by the history of neighbors fighting redevelopment (ie riverside defined by a conflict with Harvard, cambridgeport used to be more coherent, defined by those who fought the inner loop development in 70s. but some now is absorbed into riverside, and some for dana park.)
  • MW: mapping tools would have made our project that so much faster, we had to do ours in focus groups
  • craig:
  • (not mal’s firm, city square consulting)
  • ann asks craig to talk a little more about his interests
  • craig: by day, i consult for IBM. i also tho work with ppl on startups, and do digital photography.
  • more on citysquares (more than squares proper, also neighborhoods)
  • mostlyu for small businesses
  • also has civic information
  • businesses pay for real full listing, but free basic
  • arts get free listing
  • good for artist search engine optimization, can link back to their real own website
  • ah: yeah, it’s hard to find what the neat stuff is when you move to a new neighborhood around here. lots of sites try to provide the service but they’re all still very basic
  • sn: another thing to do with maps: map all the mini “squares” in cambridge, somerville, that memorialize all those people on random corners. historical walking tour.
  • citysquares is still v lightly populated.
  • harvard sq artist carlton soohoo has neat pics
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