Time to piss off the bike riders: a lesson in unintended consequences.

I wrote this in response to a debate on Facebook a few days ago regarding whether or not urban bicycle riders should be required to wear helmets (a lot of people think that they shouldn't be required because the inconvenience may discourage people from biking for urban transportation.  Kind of messes up the hair.) As …

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From the Good Ideas file: Overview of Downtown Project (at least the northernish part of it)

I've been on a bit of a Las Vegas Downtown Project tear lately, in part because it embodies a whole new approach to a lot of the issues I raised in the book.  One of the big challenges with talking about the Downtown Project as a model, though, is that there are a whole hell …

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From the Good Ideas File: Excellent criteria for deciding what small businesses to invest in (from the Downtown Project, Las Vegas)

I've written a lot about the Downtown Project in Las Vegas lately, both here and on Wiseeconomy.com, and there's more yet to come.  For me, it's a fascinating new approach to urban revitalization -- more comprehensive, more high-touch, and, most surprisingly, in many ways more accessible for organizations that lack their deep pockets than you might …

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One more from Bad Girl Ventures: An Entrepreneur’s story

A brief follow-up to yesterday's post about building local entrepreneurship through accelerators, using Bad Girl Ventures as an example.  Here's a short video of one of the BGV alumna, Robin Gentry McGee of Functional Formularies telling the story of how she got from realizing a significant gap in an increasingly important marketplace to running a …

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From the Good Ideas file: rebooting historic preservation

I was so delighted to see this post at the Preservation Rightsizing Network, focusing on the results of the Historic Preservation in America's Legacy Cities conference last month.  The fact that this so-well-written summary came from the keyboard of Cincinnati Preservation Association's dynamo Margo Warminski didn't surprise me at all. In short, you should read …

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The Online Public Engagement Emporium launches

The Local Economy Revolution book doesn't talk specifically about online public engagement, but it does emphasize some of the factors that necessitate change in how we do public engagement - and make good online public engagement so critical today: the people we need to get involved aren't all gentleman farmers anymore (they have a lot more …

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Deals and more Deals: 20% off print book via Lulu.com

I love my e-reader, but sometimes you just want a regular paper book - especially if you're hanging by the pool or the beach.  And if you really want to look like one of the smart kids, you'll want to get caught on the beach reading The Local Economy Revolution  or Why This Work Matters, right?   Of course …

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Super special offer: 50% Discount on Local Government and Small Business webinar

There's a whole chapter in the book that talks about how the basic characteristics of small businesses today means that local governments have no choice but to completely rework how they interact with them. I have the great priviledge of teaching a webinar for Lorman Education Services next month on one of my favorite topics. …

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From the Good Ideas File: incentives that actually have a demonstrated good impact

I'm often assumed to be totally opposed to economic development incentives.  I'm not.  I just want the benefit to the broader community to be worth what we're spending.  And a lot of times we don't know, or we don't ask, or we don't want to know.... or we don't ask because we don't want to …

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Random Excerpt: the Paper Machine and the Gardener

This is a random excerpt from The Local Economy Revolution.  Yes, it was really randomly selected.  But the book is not random.  Want to learn more? Check it out here. --- This is a paper machine. My husband ran one in the 1990s.  I’ve often said it’s the only job he ever had where I …

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