Category Archives: Commentary

“Mother Nature doesn’t do bailouts.”

Is the current economic crisis, stuff an ecological crisis? This is essential the question Thomas Friedman is asking in his latest NY Times Op-Ed: What if the crisis of 2008 represents something much more fundamental than a deep recession? What …

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What got cut from the stimulus bill

This absolutely infuriates me.  From CNN, “a coalition of Democrats and some Republicans reached a compromise that trimmed billions in spending from an earlier version of the Senate economic stimulus bill.  Some of the cuts: • $3.5 billion for energy-efficient …

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The Economic High Road

An editorial in Artvoice discusses some salient themes for economic development in Buffalo and Upstate New York that will be the focus of an upcoming conference on September 27-28 in downtown Buffalo called “The High Road Runs Through the City.” …

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Facing Down the Big Boxes

From the Rochester D & CThe Big Boxes are getting a makeover. Developers and municipalities are working more closely together to create buildings that blend in with the community. Good enough. But as I’m reading this article, I’m realizing that …

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The Economy is an Ecosystem

That is the title of an essay by Jon Rynn of the Sanders Research Associates and a thesis I clearly agree with: The Economy is an Ecosystem. (I’ve reprinted the entire article below since the site requires registration – though …

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Logging effort criticized

Commenting on this news post, Endicott’s Pollution Legacy and “The Glen”, Jesse over at the York Staters adds some additional background to the story. A few years ago (6 I believe) when IBM was pulling out of the region, they …

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Disambiguating the “Creative Class” in Upstate NY

Barbara Ehrenreich’s Bait and Switch may not be on the same level as her previous book, Nickel and Dimed, but it still has some important things to say on the current uncertainty in white collar employment. Some of the ideas …

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Post-modern Neighborhood

Baloghblog, NYCO, and Phil have been kicking around the concept of neighborhood. Its interesting because there is of course the generic conversation of what makes a neighborhood or a good neighbor. But there’s another sublime dimension in the fact that …

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Zogby on Upstate New York

The Observer-Dispatch has an thought-provoking interview with pollster John Zogby on the Rome-Utica area and the lack of vision in Upstate New York: “I don’t think local officials are accustomed to thinking in terms of visions. I think they need …

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…What About those Greens?

My thoughts exactly (from Phil via NYCO): I would be a Green Party member if the local chapter made even the slightest effort at organizing real people, working on real issues and gaining some real power.( Don’t Believe The Green …

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