Weekly Link Round Up


The weekly link roundup is a collection of links related to Newburgh, revitalization, urban planning and anything else that might inspire change or create dialogue. Photo by NR flickr user Janis Borgueta

Seven to Save: 2016-17 [Preservation League]
Small-Town America Is Facing Big-City Problems [Next City]
Newburgh artist transforms gang tag into thing of beauty [THR]
Why Now Is the Time to Remake Economic Development [Next City]
Want to encourage the development of walkable neighborhoods? Fix this [Grist]
Mapping the Intersection of Creative Placemaking and Public Safety [Art Place]
A Big-Hearted Man and His Calling to Build Tiny Houses for Oakland’s Homeless [Nation Swell]

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  • How’s the ‘service economy’ thingy working out? ‘Isn’t much of a “burgeoning economy” when business’s need subsidies to run and still can’t afford their workers because they can’t pass inflationary growth on to the consumer. A deficit in ‘skilled labor and innovation’? Nonsense. Trillions pumped into higher ed and granted to industry “leaders” such as Elon Musk was what? Apparently a ponzi. So now that the end result isn’t quantifying the means, it is an qualitative offshoot that takes center stage? A cry for help to the same economic policy makers? Don’t worry, they’ll be more than happy to oblige; collect your rent…your student loan…your ‘affordable’ care… . No, it wasn’t the mortgage interest deduction (not a credit) that ‘drove’ peeps to the suburbs but rather the desire to live on the fringes. The policies were the enabler, just as the inverse policies will enable those wanting to pay high rents to live in the core. The difference is the former had a chargeable asset to draw from in the tailings of a real economy . Same game, different rules.
    As the ‘Big-Hearted Man’ demonstrates…it’s all a matter of your perspective. ‘Home’ that is… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2qHbEriQ6A

    • Yes, trillions pumped into higher ed and we still have a “deficit in skilled labor and innovation” (I know you’re being sarcastic to suggest otherwise). One of the great ponzi schemes. Anecdotal – I reached out to a local college in NYC offering paid internships. The dean was excited. Guess how many showed up? Yep, zero. The dean was embarrassed, said they were “lazy and wanted to party”. The “best and brightest” are now coming in on H1 Visas. Hopefully they move to Newburgh.

      • The ‘Burgh has two colleges graduating x amount of students a year, x amount of vacant properties and almost immediate access to various means of transportation, yet it flounders. Job placement stats should be made mandatory for higher ed institutions, with their level of tax exempt being tied to it. Instead, the ‘Newburghs’ sell it their prime property while it sells the ‘merger of biz and brains’ to the taxpayer. I’m sure that dean you spoke with blushes all the way to the bank 😉

      • H1 visas is not the answer. We need an educational system similar to Europe. Not everyone can and should go to collage. But everyone should be trained to do some type of task(work). Very few people should be studying art history or gender studies. Pointless degrees should not have 100+ students per college enrolled in them. Do these things matter, yes of course, but 30,000 jobs in art history or gender studies do no await these graduates. Walt almost always has common sense good ideas his idea below is certainly one of them. This was also cause the Schools to amend the curriculum to match what is needed in the LOCAL society.

        • Agree H1 Visas are not the answer. Hate them. But we are told that we NEED them because we are such dunces. Some folks ought to just learn a trade – plumbing, electrical, carpentry etc are all honorable professions and very much needed. But the ponzi scheme is in full swing, let’s force all these kids into colleges (many should not even be there) and have the gubmint pay for it, or have the kids take out student loans that take 30 years to pay off (especially with no prospects of gainful employment after graduation) while we pad the pay of the teachers and constantly hike tuition.

          And pray tell – what do you mean by “pointless degrees”? Lots of value to majors in “Fermentation Sciences”, or “Bowling Technology” or “Poultry Science” no? 🙂