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Retweeting @edmorrison: NYC bumps up efforts to expand investments in new media. http://bit.ly/iI2oi
For the last couple of weeks, a group of us (ably led by George Nemeth) have been working with Marc Canter to assist him with his move from Silicon Valley to Northeast Ohio. Here’s a good overview article that appeared in the Mercury News, Silicon Valley’s paper of record.
Most likely, you have never heard of Marc Canter, now 52. But he belongs to that class of unheralded technologists who have played critical roles in the development of Silicon Valley. He has had moments of success, and many near-misses.
But over the past two decades, he has become a fixture of the local tech scene, hijacking conversations at conferences, advocating open technology standards, envisioning a multimedia and social media future long before most, and delighting in his ability to provoke.
Retweeting @grifta67: Taking a piss next to Dick Lucas of the Subhumans. Surreal.
Philadelphia estimates that the cost of a high school drop out is about $580,000. That’s the difference in net fiscal contribution over a working lifetime (tax revenue generated vs. tax revenues received) between a Philadelphia student who earns a diploma and one who does not.
The city has been responding with Project U Turn. Project U-Turn is a citywide campaign to focus public attention on Philadelphia’s dropout crisis and to design strategies and leverage investments to resolve it.
As the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland outlined in its annual report several years ago, educational attainment is a key driver of economic development.
Why is Cleveland so complacent about dropouts?
A very interesting and well-written article by PD’s science writer:
Tom on the Waterloo Arts Fest:
Collinwood is a neighborhood in Cleveland with a rich history and a bad reputation.
I was born there, raised there and well, my family moved just before I had to go to high school.
The area was getting bad in the late 80’s. I remember seeing drunks, pimps and a murder victim being pulled from a building when I was 14 years old. The Hells Angels used to frequent the motorcycle shop on the corner of 149th and Lakeshore. I used to have to walk past it to get to and from my school, St. Jeromes
When my parents moved my brother and I to the Westside of Cleveland, I swore that I would never go back to Collinwood. There’s no fun there.
Forward to 2009.
After reading the local paper and reading blogs, I was seeing that my old neighborhood was going through a change. A couple of years back, my mom moved back to Collinwood to live near the Euclid Beach area where she grew up. (She used to rent from the Humphrey family.) One day I decided to drive around the Waterloo area of Collinwood. I was looking for the old black bomb marks left over from a failed mob hit in the 70’s and I was looking for the barber shop my father used to take me to. The barber and the bomb marks were gone.
But I noticed something amazing. There area had color. It was bright…
Is anyone else noticing that the reporting in the PD is getting better? Is this connected to Brent Larkin leaving?
A couple of examples:
The recent press conference by Jimmy Dimora underscores a confusion that is running through his mind.
Dimora brought forth no evidence that anyone is interfering with his legal rights as a prospective defendant. We can assume he was referring these rights when he spoke the rights “our forefathers fought for”.
At the same time, as an elected official, Dimora has a set of obligations which run to the people of Cuyahoga County. The Plain Dealer and others have called into question whether Dimora has met these obligations.
One of the clearest expressions of these obligations appears in the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. In the spring of 1638, representatives from three Connecticut towns met to draft what amounts to the first constitution to create a government in the New World.
Adopted in January 1639, the Fundamental Orders set forth an obligation to create and maintain “an orderly and decent Government”.
By this standard, Dimora, Hagan and Jones have failed miserably.
No citizen of Cuyahoga County needs a court of law to reach this conclusion.
The absurdities continue….