Thanks to a well-organized grassroots campaign, Plaistow, NH, residents voted down (80% opposed) a request by Wal-Mart to rezone residential property to make way for a supercenter. Continue reading
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The grassroots group, East Toronto Community Coalition, was awarded for its efforts when the Ontario Municipal Board rejected a developer’s plan to bring a big-box plaza to the Toronto neighborhood of Leslieville. Continue reading
Doing so would ease budget shortfalls and restore a measure of fairnessfor small businesses, which lack access to these loopholes and end upshouldering a heavier tax burden than their big competitors. Some evidence even suggests that leveling the playing field may help spur entrepreneurialism and job growth. Continue reading
Directing Federal Stimulus Money to Real Green Projects published at http://www.emagazine.com/archive/4601 “Shovel-ready” is the key to the Obama Administration’s plan for a rapid flow of money to city public works projects in its effort to stimulate green jobs, green infrastructure and local spending. But is this plan practical? Do cities have “shovel-ready” green projects? Most… Continue reading
The grassroots group, Blacksburg United for Responsible Growth (BURG), is celebrating a Virginia Supreme Court decision that impedes Wal-Mart’s entry into its community. Continue reading
Fiber opportunity is worth the risk in North St. Paul By Christopher Mitchell, originally published in St. Paul Pioneer Press, February 20, 2009 Come Tuesday, North St. Paul residents have the opportunity to become the first metro-area community with a nextgeneration network connecting every home and business. This network will offer a unique experience in… Continue reading
Come Tuesday, North St. Paul residents have the opportunity to become the first metro-area community with a nextgeneration network connecting every home and business. This network will offer a unique experience in the Twin Cities, an advanced broadband network similar to what tens of millions use on a daily basis across the rest of the developed world.
North St. Paul has asked its citizens to approve $18.5 million in bonds to build a fiber-to-the-home network called PolarNet. Bonds will be repaid by the revenue from citizens subscribing to phone, television, and its blazing fast Internet connection provided by an established company based in Minnesota.
Despite an enormous commitment of public funding to support retail development, neither taxable sales nor retail employment has grown significantly in the St. Louis, a new report finds. The report concludes that development incentives have done nothing to boost tax revenue in the metro and "the overall fiscal health of local governments in the region is increasingly tenuous. Continue reading
Obama’s Renewable Energy Initiative May Not Bring Power to the People By David Morris, originally published in Alternet, February 6, 2009 The new mantra in energy circles is “national smart grid.” In the New York Times, Al Gore insists the new president should give the highest priority to “the planning and construction of a unified… Continue reading
Obama’s plan for a "national smart grid" needs closer examination. An expanded national grid would be anything but smart. In the New York Times, Al Gore insists the new president should give the highest priority to "the planning and construction of a unified national smart grid. "President Barack Obama, responding to a question by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, declares that one of "the most important infrastructure projects that we need is a whole new electricity grid … a smart grid."