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Monthly Archives: February 2011
Milton Friesen  |  February 28, 2011  |  Cities, Innovation

  Hazel Borys wrote a great article on getting small as a way for cities to bump up their thriving. I’ve taken the quotes she has of some thoughtful city builders below. The whole article is worth reading. Thanks to Urban Health Prof (Jim Dunn) for tweeting the article. Finding the economic edges of smart city building: “It’s hard rations, and it’s tough times with … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  February 18, 2011  |  Media, Politics

This Fast Company article and graphic of internet traffic in Egypt is sobering. Yochai Benkler (and others, of course) have been warning us for years now that the internet is no guarantee that information or communication is now free of pervasive controls. This is still early but you can see how the steep decline represents what is possible when a government decides to invoke the … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  February 4, 2011  |  Cities, Politics

  This is a very candid view of Hamilton from someone who has very much been part of the complex and varied texture of Hamilton city life. Herman Turkstra has seen many iterations of plans, ideas, projects, and the various political machinations that accompany these intricate dimensions of city-building. He thinks that some of it works, some of it is broken, and that there is … MORE »