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Innovation Districts Are Catalysts for Urban Growth

For the past 50 years Silicon Valley and Research Triangle Park epitomized the environments where the nation’s innovations germinated. Now, there’s a noticeable shift to a new complementary urban model, unleashing exciting opportunities for cities and city leaders: innovation districts.

 

The National League of Cities and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program have both observed how innovation districts are emerging in dozens of cities in the United States and abroad. From Barcelona to Baltimore, to Stockholm and Seattle, innovation districts represent a radical departure from traditional economic development (e.g., housing, retail, sports stadiums) and help cities move up the value chain of global competitiveness by growing the firms, networks and traded sectors that drive broad-based prosperity.

 

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‘Teleporting’ to Hawaii: How virtual reality is changing travel

CNN) -- Glynis Freeman stands on a tower balcony in nighttime London, peering down at the dizzying lights hundreds of feet below.

 

The distant rumble of city traffic rises up from the streets. A gust of wind brushes her hair. Freeman smiles while swiveling her head in all directions to take in the view.

 

"That was cool," she said a few minutes later. "I want to go back to London."

 

That's because Freeman was never physically in London. The Marietta, Georgia, woman was 4,000 miles away in an Atlanta hotel lobby, wearing a headset and trying out a demonstration of new technology that can place people in exotic virtual settings almost anywhere on the planet.

 

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The Fort Point Neighborhood is Displaying More Public Art Than Ever Before

On Wednesday, October 29, as the sun began setting behind Boston's cityscape, illuminating the sky with hues of pink, orange and yellow, several patrons gathered in Boston's Fort Point Channel neighborhood to admire New England's richest arts district. Emily O'Neil, executive director of Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC), hosted a tour to show artists, advocates, board members and one dashing reporter that the community is currently displaying more public art than it ever has before.

 

The group convened at the corner of A and Binford streets, at which point O'Neil noted that Fort Point, despite being a community deeply rooted in the arts, is experiencing a cultural renaissance of sorts. Perhaps it's the involvement and support of local organizations – four of the pieces were funded by Fund for the Arts, a public program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and one by the Friends of Fort Point Channel and the Fort Point Operations Board – or maybe it's the echoes of civic innovation sprouting up in the form of next-generation living spaces.

 

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“As a small non-profit, serving vulnerable women and children, we struggle to meet their needs with our limited budget. Donations from the Conventions C.A.R.E. program not only provide needed supplies to our families, but they also help to preserve our resources during these challenging times.”

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Boston is Tweaking Maximum Parking Hours in the Innovation District to Open Up More Spaces

On Saturday, November 15, the Boston Transportation Department announced that major parking changes will soon be made in the city's Innovation District. Effective Monday, November 17, the amount of time people park their cars at metered spaces will be changed in order to make parking more efficient in the heavily trafficked neighborhood.

 

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, which is currently tinkering with the idea of a pay-by-voice parking meter payment platform, collected parking data specific to the Innovation District to determine best practices for alleviating the pain that often accompanies parking.

 

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Boston’s Rockefeller Center? Ice rink may come to City Hall Plaza

Winter often transforms Boston City Hall Plaza into a deserted wasteland, forcing pedestrians to slip-slide cautiously over the ice-encrusted expanse of red brick. This year, however, the city may play to the plaza’s strength.

 

Officials are contemplating a large ice skating rink to invigorate the seven-acre plaza, which has long been this city’s most maligned public space. It could become Boston’s own Rockefeller Center, with couples skating arm-in-arm in the glow of lights from City Hall.

 

Think about hockey games, and hot cocoa vendors, and a Government Center Zamboni to keep the ice smooth.

 

“The vision is to bring City Hall Plaza something that people can use during the wintertime when it’s desolate,” said Ken Brissette, Boston’s director of tourism, sports, and entertainment. “We like the idea.”

 

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- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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Proud to honor the US Marine Corps at the BCEC today. Happy 239th Birthday and thank you for your service!

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