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Of FEMA trailers and Brad Pitt | rethinking the city

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 16:38 -- rprice

this wasn’t in some distant hazy land full of minarets and goats in the streets, this was here, in the United States of freaking America! These tax paying citizens were not only failed to be taken care of adequately, but they were failed to be taken care of humanely. A civilized, Western State was so entrenched in bureaucratic policies, that it did what it had always done; evacuate, house, and walk away. According to the powers at be these people should have used their bootstraps and be reality show millionaires by now.

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Welcome to Your New Government – Next American City

Fri, 08/03/2012 - 15:24 -- rprice

Built out of the organizing structure of churches, unions and block associations, CDCs were envisioned as a way for citizens to have direct control over their neighborhoods while leveraging the tools of government and business. Since 1967, the first CDC, now called the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, has constructed or renovated 2,200 housing units and helped bring more than $475 million in investments to central Brooklyn. Meanwhile, the East Los Angeles Community Union formed in 1968 and was also funded through the Kennedy-Javits legislation.

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Orlando Officials OK Urban Chicken Plan - Home Test News Story - WESH Orlando

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 11:51 -- rprice

Under the program, chickens are allowed in 11 Florida cities, including Miami, St. Petersburg and Key West.

Residents will be allowed to keep up to three hens. Roosters are not allowed.

Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan helped to spearhead the pilot program. She said she is getting her yard ready for a chicken coop and fence.

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TheDailyCity.com: Lockhart Acres Farm

Wed, 04/25/2012 - 17:45 -- rprice

a nonprofit farm dedicated to helping low income people eat healthy. At Lockhart Acres Farm, Regina and others grow all organic foods during a specific season. Other people come in to work the farm collectively in exchange for produce. In the near future there will be a farm-stand where they will be accepting food-stamps. The land will soon be welcoming chickens, and other animals as well.

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Welcome to Ikea-land: Furniture giant begins urban planning project - The Globe and Mail

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 16:58 -- rprice

Amid this 11-hectare expanse of ancient rusting machinery, waste piles and grinding construction equipment is a converted brick sugar warehouse where a team of Swedes and Brits are poring over blueprints and renderings. LandProp Services bought the land in 2009. Their vision is to turn this grey netherworld, once planning approval is done, into a tightly packed neighbourhood they’ll call Strand East.

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The Relationship School - NYTimes.com

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 15:43 -- rprice

When you visit The New American Academy, an elementary school serving poor minority kids in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, you see big open rooms with 60 students and four teachers. The students are generally in three clumps in different areas working on different activities. The teachers, especially the master teacher who is floating between the clumps, are on the move, hovering over one student, then the next. It is less like a factory for learning and more like a postindustrial workshop, or even an extended family compound.

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New $1B Orlando-to-Miami passenger rail plan unveiled - Orlando Business Journal

Mon, 03/26/2012 - 11:40 -- rprice

a privately owned, operated and maintained 240-mile passenger rail line to link Orlando to Miami using a right of way that runs through the downtown areas of South Florida’s coastal cities

the goal is for the trains to average 100 mph, with speeds generally faster in rural areas than in urban areas.

In contrast to the heavy public funding for high-speed rail, FECI's announcement indicated its All Aboard Florida system would be privately funded but cost less because it would largely utilize existing tracks.

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