I spent time a few weeks ago with hundreds of our nation’s mayors at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 85th Annual Winter Meeting. In addition to listening to leaders like New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (during his final hours in that position) talk about the state of our cities, I shared the results of a survey AARP and the U.S. Conference of Mayors conducted last year.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced the 158 finalists for its second annual Knight Cities Challenge, a national call for ideas to make the 26 communities where the Knight brothers founded newspapers into “more vibrant places to live and work.”
You hear a lot about things that are in. Well, today for the first time in years, America’s cities are where it’s at. And an amazing transformation is occurring: Cities are reinventing themselves and becoming innovation hubs. ( Pittsburgh, Denver and Austin are just a few examples.) And that doesn’t just mean attracting Silicon Valley startups.
If you've traveled to many cities or college towns in the last couple of years, you've probably noticed fleets of nearly identical bicycles all parked together like a herd of dairy cows at feeding time.
Older voters fueled a Rick Santorum victory in Louisiana's GOP primary. Plus: Why are U.S. communities so ill-prepared for an aging boomer population?
Still deadlocked, despite Sunday night meeting. With three weeks to go before the government can no longer borrow money to meet its obligations, President Obama and Congressional leaders are still without an agreement on how to raise the nation's debt ceiling limit. President Obama proposed a larger $4.2 trillion debt reduction plan. At issue: Republicans say they will not support any plan that features revenue from higher or additional taxes. And the size of the president's plan means it can only be achieved with steep cost-cutting AND tax increases, GOP leaders say. During the 75-minute meeting, there was no specific mention of last week's surprise report that the White House was open to making cuts in programs such as Social Security and Medicare to reach an agreement.
Check out this really interesting article on CNN.com (they got it from RealSimple.com) which gives us a look at the 21 top time-saving cities in America! The "urban efficiency" rankings takes into consideration all those little things that can ease the chaos of daily life, like timed traffic signals, ease of access to doctors - even easy recycling access.
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