It’s the Schools, Stupid! Part V

The Charter School movement is one which leaves me ambivalent. Since I would assert, and I think the data demonstrates (Here and here and here and here), that it is the perception of “poor quality schools” which keeps some parents who otherwise would choose an urban lifestyle from committing to city living, then charter schools

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It's the Schools, Stupid! Part V

The Charter School movement is one which leaves me ambivalent. Since I would assert, and I think the data demonstrates (Here and here and here and here), that it is the perception of “poor quality schools” which keeps some parents who otherwise would choose an urban lifestyle from committing to city living, then charter schools

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Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

I’ve made the crazy assertion (Here and here)that walkable cities are the place to be if you want to keep your child safe. This week, news item after news item virtually leapt off the screen at me to strengthen that argument. The first was a report designed to get the attention of parents through their

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Happy To Be Left Alone

When the only growth on offer is metastatic in nature, perhaps growth is not a good thing. As a resident of Springfield, Hartford seems a world away. I’m almost completely unfamiliar with its streets and neighborhoods, and have visited the city’s cultural institutions no more than a handful of times. Springfield is a more populous

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Capturing the Eye

As a city Springfield hits the high and the low, but not the middle. We’ve got it here and there, but there are gaps in between. The region in general and the downtown in particular have almost everything they need to become a first choice destination for visitors. The missed connections, the weak linkages, and

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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Seeing the “Vote Yes” on MGM signs all along Main Street in the South End is very entertaining, especially given the claims that MGM’s $800,000,000 development will destroy local businesses. I took a walk around the block to survey the lawn signs and placards for and against the casino development, only venturing down Maple, State,

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Horizontal Development and Democracy

The American people no longer share the same space. On the rare occasions and in the rare circumstances that the middle class and the poor do meet, it is usually in a privately mediated space like a mall or an amusement park where money acts as a great leveler giving, as the Supreme Court has

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Cruel to be Brutal?

I hope I can be forgiven for being brief today, I am working on a masterpiece, an essay of such significance and profundity that it will alter the way people in the future understand the words growth and development. Absolutely. Watch this space! (I might be exaggerating a little.) In the meantime I have a

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Drive II

John Oliver on “The Daily Show” insists that you can tell an American from a foreigner by simply asking the question: “Walk or drive?” My wife and I shared a night out with her sister and her husband and met at a local restaurant which has another outlet very close to where they live in

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Freaky Facts

I was re-reading the opinion piece in which Stanford professor Sean F. Reardon said “It may seem counterintuitive, but schools don’t seem to produce much of the disparity in test scores between high- and low-income students”, and I was thinking of some of the other references to data which make the same claim. So I

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