Friday, May 29, 2009

This Week On Smart City: City Dividends On Every Block

Change is in the air and we've got the numbers to prove it on Smart City.

At a time when tax revenues are declining and city budgets are strained, our first guest has a modest proposal that could produce big dividends for cities. Joe Cortright is an economist for Impresa Consulting in Portland, Ore., and his latest work shows how profitable it can be for a city to be greener, smarter, and with fewer people living in poverty. The full report for CEOs for Cities is available here.

Want to find out what's happening in your neighborhood? Adrian Holovaty knows. He's the creator of Everyblock.com, a website that provides hyper-local news tailored to your street address. We'll give the site a test run and see what's happening on our block.

Smart City is a syndicated, weekly hour-long public radio talk show that takes an in-depth look at urban life: the people, places, ideas and trends that affect us all. Host Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, talks with national and international public policy experts, economists, business leaders, artists, developers, planners and others on the pulse of city life for a penetrating discussion on urban issues.

Smart City
is broadcast at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sundays on WKNO-FM, but it is also webcast and podcast so you can listen to it anytime you like. For the webcast, times for the broadcast in other cities and to sign up for the podcast, visit our website.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

One point I haven't seen anywhere: Once a group is designated as a protected class (race, sex), the next step is affirmative action for those who have been historically discriminated against. Whatever you think about the "fairness" of "protecting gay workers," affirmative action is very clearly the next step, for the national gay rights movement even if local ordinance supporters have never given a thought to that result. And this ordinance specifically includes "protection" for "the transgendered." (Talk about your burning issues of the day...)

Does this mean a drag queen suing you because you didn't hire him but instead a female heterosexual as your receptionist?

Yes, most definitely. That's exactly what it means. Anybody who says otherwise is either ignorant of how civil rights law works, or is being deliberately deceptive about it.

So you see, it's not all about "hate" and "bigotry," just as it's not only about "fairness." Ideas have consequences.

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