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Archive for December, 2007

High rents = mamma’s boys?

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

And some other comments on creative societies… Let’s start with this interesting item from Ananova, which I bookmarked several months ago: Help for mummys’ boys The Italian government is handing out grants to help mummys’ boys leave home. The move comes after economists warned almost 60% of young adult Italians stayed at home and were […]

Diigo Daily Public Links, update

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

Since that first, overly surfeited with information, Diigo Daily Public Links blog a couple of days ago, I altered the parameters — cleverly, I thought, to include only the links themselves, tagged “links” (so that the entry would be tagged “links” on my blog). Not a good idea, because what I inadvertently did was to […]

Oops, a surfeit of information

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

The Daily Blog Post update worked (see the entry preceding this one), but I think I need to alter the parameters.  Talk about an avalanche of annotations!   I’ll change it to post only the links, and not all the stuff I underline or “backtalk” to…!

Daily Diigo Public Link 12/21/2007

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star – New York Times Annotated “Walter H. G. Lewin, 71, a physics professor, has long had a cult following at M.I.T. And he has now emerged as an international Internet guru, thanks to the global classroom the institute created to spread knowledge through cyberspace.” The professor, who […]

Links posting

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

I use a really great service called Diigo, which has many features I’ve left unexplored. I’ll try to remedy that by installing the “Daily blog post” tool, which (as I understand it) uploads my public Diigo bookmarks once a day to this site (the vast majority of my bookmarks are private, but I’ll try to […]

Your reception is just fine…

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

…the fiddling is happening at my end. I’m exploring different themes — bored as I am with being confined to my house (and even my bed) because of this pesky pneumonia. I’ve settled on what I think is a very nice, functional theme, which (unlike the previous ones) gives me some options in changing the […]

More thoughts on economic development, land use, zoning, quality of life…

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

…courtesy of further reading in Robert L. Bish’s Local Government Organization in the Capital Region (and continuing somewhat from yesterday‘s entry). Bish is concerned with explaining the need for and importance of economic development in the region, which is a necessity for Victoria since it relies for over half of its property tax revenue on […]

“Show, don’t tell”: what municipal government can learn from good fiction

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Local Government Organization in the Capital Region is the name of a very useful 35-page report written in 1999 by Dr. Robert L. Bish, Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. Bish effectively argues against amalgamation (what other places call the unicity concept, municipal reform, or consolidation movements), and show that generally, the process doesn’t […]

Cities do it (land use) better

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Here’s a “must read” piece by Edward Glaeser, just republished in the CEO for Cities blog, The Greenness of Cities, and first published in the New York Sun on January 30/07. It explains why, from an environmentalism perspective, it’s far better to build highrises (and use land efficiently) than to oppose development (and force development […]

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